As many of you know, Jacob and I have been involved in a local organization known as Casting Carolinas. It’s purpose is to help women battling and healing from cancer escape from that world for a little while through fly fishing. The group of women that head this up are truly amazing, spending their own time and resources selflessly. There are two retreats and year and one amazing tournament, know as
Tie One On for Casting Carolinas.
This year I was unable to attended the tournament, due to a bug that snuck into my body and left me binge watching Netflix with a bucket and ginger ale. Not fun. Last year, I was graciously able to photograph the event and I truly missed being able to do that again this year. Jacob, however, had a full rich day! Between guiding an alumni team, “judging” a pro team and being an overall helper, he got to participate to the fullest extent.
I am most proud of the beautiful bamboo rod that Jacob and his mentor, Charlie Downs, of Yallerhammer Rods, built and donated to the organization for a drawing that will be held after the 100th ticket is sold. This is the second rod the two have made together and it is beyond beautiful! Being able to witness the process of student and mentor coming together and creating is something that words cannot describe.
The details of the rod are as follows:
This year’s collaboration is based on the
classic E.F. Payne “100” taper.
A smooth medium action 7’6”, 4Wt
that’s perfectly suited for high mountain streams.
E.F. Payne 100 Taper. 7’ 6” 4Dt
Hand Split, Hand Planed, “Blond Cane”
3X3 Node Spacing
Orange Silk Windings with Chocolate Brown Tipping
Nickel Silver “Swiss” StyleFerrules
Amber Agate Stripping Guide with Nickel Silver Frame and Bezel
Spalted Maple Burl Reel Seat with Nickel Silver Cap & Ring
Ratan Wrapped, Full Wells Grip with Orange Silk Windings
Four Dipped Coats Spar Varnish
If you're interested in purchasing a raffle ticket, Casting Carolinas will have a booth at several of the South East's Fly Fishing Shows, including the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Expo.
Tickets are $20.00.
You'll also get a chance to look at this piece of art and learn more about what CC does as will as meet the wonderful team of women and several participants.
Jacob is a fly fishing guide with a passion for conservation and brook trout. He is an accomplished rod builder and restorationist.
Jillian is an outdoor photographer and blogger, using her voice for Public Lands and Cold Water Conservation. She specializes in trying to out fish jacob whenever she puts the camera down.