There was one activity I would have told you is way beyond my ability. Well, thanks to Orvis sponsoring Roger Stephens talk on fishing floating sand lance patterns, I decided to try tying my own flies. Roger provided a very simple recipe that even I thought I could manage. With assistance from John at Avid Angler, Jimmy at Patricks Fly shop, and Leland at Orvis I purchased equipment and materials and gave it a shot. My friend Construer offered me the "Remedial Instruction in Fly Tying for Idiots" he teaches. I assured him I qualified for that level of instruction. After a few "learning the basic skills" attempts low and behold, I tied four of Roger's floating sand lance patterns. So how good are they? Good enough. I really want to thank Terry for his patience and understanding. He demonstrated the beginning tricks I needed to learn and watched me bungle along. He also didn't laugh once at my repeated attempts to get a whip finish on a hook. People had told me that catching a fish on your own fly is going to the next level. It was my first and I'll always remember her.