Well I just got back home from the Orvis Guide Rendezvous in Asheville, NC. Guides, fishing managers, and Orvis employees from the east, west, north, south, and everywhere in-between gathered for a few days to talk fishing, business, and have a good time. Highland Brewing Company, Southern Culture on the fly, and the Orvis Company threw a hell of party. Orvis brought some of the new products and fly rods for us to check out. They also brought what they call the “client simulator” and we got to see how tough the new Recon rod series actually is. The Superfine Glass rod was put to the test also and I was blown away by how far they pushed the flex without it breaking under the pressure. On Friday we had a fishing day schedule which everyone was excited for until the “Arctic Blast” arrived. A lot of us went anyways with a midday temp of 13 degrees. Everyone that braved the cold caught fish on the South Holston and Watauga rivers. Looking forward to it again next year and hopefully the weather is much milder. 10 inches of snow on the ground here in Lynchburg and more falling today. Winter is almost over and I’m looking forward to putting the down jackets away.