Author: Trout's Staff
It’s great when you have a boss that has the tarpon fishing trip of a lifetime, they typically come back all smiles and full of “yeses”. Still riding high from jumping 30 and boating close to 15; Tucker to say the least was in a very giving mood. Upon reentry into reality, the confines of Trout’s Fly Shop, Tucker afforded me the opportunity to take his place on the “1st Annual What The Shuck! Dealer Rendezvous-Rio Grande River”. You may be asking what is the meaning behind “What the Shuck!”? And what exactly constitutes a “Dealer Rendezvous”?
First things first, “What the Shuck!” was a term coined by super rep. Michael White, a.k.a Whitey, for this shin dig. Taking into account that this inaugural event was to take place stream side on the infamous Rio Grande and at a time when the dry fly fishing was to be at critical mass, this new term best described both the uncertainty of what was to unfold before us, as well as, providing a wholesome twist on a common exclamatory remark. I hope this begins to paint a clearer picture.
Now to the “Dealer Rendezvous” part of this equation. Commonly used as a noun, “rendezvous” I believe is best described and defined by MANY of the associated synonyms listed below.
Main Entry: rendezvous
Part of Speech: noun
Definition: get-together or place for get-together
Synonyms: affair, appointment (slightly late due to an emergence of grey drakes, handle of JD and LunaAzul Tequila), assignation, blind date (I didn’t know many in attendance, therefore I went in blind), date, double date (with three to a boat, more like a threesome), engagement, heavy date, matinee, meet, meeting, one night stand (I was told not to comment), tryst, gathering point (Cascada Bar & Grill), hangout, haunt, love nest, meeting place, spot, stomping ground (glorious Creede, CO), venue, watering hole (TommyKnocker Tavern…shot ski anyone?)
Fly fishing for carp is an up and coming pastime and by those acquainted to chasing the species with a fly rod, they are becoming a prized and sought after “game fish” as they provide substantial qualities when hooked in the mouth. Long runs, torque filled head shakes and powerful gestures carp can test a person’s gear with relentless strain which allure many to the species. Carp were brought to North America from France as a food source for the Nation’s growing immigrant population in the early parts of the 1800’s and have thrived in most of North America’s watershed from the continental east to the continental west. A member of the minnow family, many are usually brownish to bronze in color and are usually long lived; beauty is in the eye of the beholder.