Travelled this last week up the Oregon Coast for our 37th anniversary. I had the opportunity to see some nice salmon entering some small rivers. A little talk with one fly guy disclosed that the Springers were tough to catch on fly gear but he was flailing away and having a ball just being out there. For the sake of domestic tranquility on this trip I hadn't even packed one rod. It worked out fine and I have built up a modicum of "wood" to use for future trips. The highlight of the trip for me was the opportunity to meet and talk with Fred Evans. Now, this is an individual which, from the first moment I met him, I knew was going to be a friend and teacher. And Joan, what a GREAT compliment to Fred. We had a great dinner and they invited my wife and I back to their cozy home for coffee. What a treat!! Then Fred took me out to his garage. One first sight I knew that I was in the presence of a true addict. I couldn't count all the spey rods, and all of them quality gear. Fred put one in my hands that is built on the same Burgie blank I have. NOW I'm excited. I just have to wait for the cork to arrive to put together the rod. I can get the upper 3/4 done and then get back up to Oregon for some lessons. I have a LOT to learn but in the presence of Fred I'm sure even he can drive some basic techniques into my thick skull. This board is great and I'm learning the folks here are also great. If the rest are of the quality of Fred and his better 99% then I know I have found a home. Thanks, Fred, for the fine hospitality and for a most wonderful evening. You helped cap off a memorable week with the wife.