Some are going to bemoan that I’ve been lining this up for weeks or even months. No. It came at me yesterday and after careful consultation with my inner circle, I said yes this morning.
It’s probably something that will require a little training. I have not thought about this ever, but it seemed like a good fit.
It combines a lot of things that work well for me. I’ll get to talk about fishing. I’ll tie flies during slow times. I’ll have to brew a pot of coffee each morning. I’ll book trips for the guides when someone calls on the phone. And I’ll sit on my butt.
Some of that I do exceptionally well and some of it I’ll have to learn.
I have time for it.
I have the right knowledge.
It’s 1.5 miles from my house and it really fulfills one of my major needs going forward into retirement.
Jean Ann said don’t commit long term and make sure that I can take off for our trips and my trips without much notice. Sarah said to make sure Rosie (our lab) can come along and sleep at the place of business. Becca wanted to make sure I can lock up to go to Heidi’s Ugly Cakes for lunch.
So after working through all of these terms and sleeping one night on it, I have accepted a position at Two Rivers Fly Shop.
I’ll open and close one day a week. You have heard of working for food. I’m going to work for fly rods, waders, fly line, hooks, feathers, hats and rain jackets.
I’ll do either Tuesday or Wednesday, but not both. I’ll probably start next week, although that’s not been determined. Hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. I’ll also handle shuttle needs when a guide needs to have his trailer left at the parking lot at the confluence.
I’ll talk Razorback stuff or fly fishing, either one. Both for free. Come visit me. I’ll be in downtown Norfork on Highway 5.