What a beautiful, glorious and sunny day it was on the Skagit yesterday. I took two of our shop rats out. For one of them, Liam Voorhees, it was his 15th birthday and first time casting a two-hander. I put 14 year-old Nicholas Romano in the sweet spot and took Liam upstream to show him how to cast. The boy was a natural and picked up the double spey in less than an hour. All I did was show him the basics of the cast and correct a few things every now and then. It also helped that Tyler Kushnir, a champion caster from Vancouver, BC, was fishing. Sitting down and talking to a student caster while someone is making perfect casts in front of you is a wonderful way of teaching. Meanwhile, around the bend and out of sight, Nicholas was in the process of hooking and "el-dee-aring" four bull trout and losing one steelhead on the beach. After a nice lunch, prepared by Nicholas' mother, in the sun we went to a spot where Tyler had caught 15 dollies the week before. It was pretty bright and the fishing was slow but I was totally content with sitting back and smoking a cigar while watching two of the nicest young gentlemen casting and working their runs on my favorite river. Leland.