You see it in the sporting magazines all the
time. Dogs of fine quality, puppies really, and
for a few dollars more you can get one that has
been 'started.' Now, who would not want that I
ask you? Of course we would. Imagine having a
great dog, perhaps one of the very best we will
ever own and having it started correctly by the
gent who supplied him. Heady stuff indeed.
This idea got to fermenting under my hat recently
and soon started to produce fruit. We all know of
guys who buy fly rods only to find they do not
cast well, the rods that is. Although the caster
may be some to fault here, it may be the rod as
well. And this can be true for all brands and
values of rods, but I presume it tends to be
more prevalent in the lower class of sticks.
Just as a new caster can and will do things one
bubble off of dead center until he has had several
years of experience, so can these manifestations
be taught into the rods he owns. A rod that is
constantly twisted during the final thrust will
undoubtedly develop such a quirk and perhaps be
ruined for life, or at least a darn long time.
A type of exorcism has been performed recently but
with mixed results, more on that at another time.
Once screwed up, pretty much that way for ever.
So, once again now comes James Castwell with this
offer. Send me our new rods. What cold be simpler?
I will fish them for a season, and I might add, at
very little cost to you for this expert service,
and return them to you 'Started.'
That's right. I will make sure they are not 'taught'
any little mistakes. No subtle tendencies to pitch
to the left or the right, (hook or slice for you
golfers.) The tailing loop will be beaten out of
it if it even has a thought to perform one. The
rod will stop smoothly and with authority due to
my amazing control of the casting motion. Perfect
loops will be ingrained right from the start.
Yes my fortunate fellow fly flingers, this is
indeed your lucky day in which you have found
this incredible service. For mere pennies a day,
a paltry sum, yes even a pittance I will start
your rods for you. I would prefer they be of
some higher value as I might be seen working
with them and should not like to be berated
for having crummy stuff, but I will persevere
in all eventualities.
I will not however 'finish' a rod. This is a
personal thing and must be performed by the
registered owner. The social moires and ethics
of this abound and are far too complicated to
even approach at this juncture. Just let it be,
no finished rods, at least for now.
Send them to me well packaged, insured up the
wazoo and allow at least one season before you
expect any reply whatsoever. Include a blank
check, (signed of course) made out to me and I
will fill in the correct amount. Much easier
this way, who wants to quibble over a few bucks
Feel free now to peruse that catalog and website.
Order the rod of your dreams and just have it
drop shipped to me and you will never again have
to worry about it, you have my word on that!
Get yours today. ~ JC