If all goes according to plan this weekend, my #1 Son and I will be fishing with members of the North Carolina Fly Fishing Team on some private water near Asheville, North Carolina. Don't ask how fly fishing's equivalent of a "duffer" gets a chance to hang out with a group of talented fishermen. Just suffice it to say that I hope to learn a thing or two in the process.
With that in mind, The Asheville Citizen Times has an article about Fly Fishing Team USA member, Eddie Pinkston. Eddie made the team by finishing in the top five at the nationals in Boulder, Colorado earlier this year. Mr. Pinkston won't be able to accompany the team to the world championships in Portugal this year.
Unfortunately, Pinkston won't be heading to Portugal as part of the five-man team. After battling a serious liver disease, he's just starting to get his strength back. And the world championship is just too important to go at it without full speed, he said.
He does however, have an eye on the 2008 event. We wish him the best of luck.