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July 24, 2016
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The winner and the collector

That night, on the drive home, Tom mentioned he had met a very interesting fellow who was fishing a Leonard bamboo fly rod. He had been kind enough to allow me to cast it a time or two. Tom said he was staying in a small camper up on the road. The following day, on the way home from Balls Eddy, after working with Arnon, I stopped and knocked on the camper. Out popped Mr. Blair Williams. When I mentioned we both favored bamboo fly rods, a lengthy conversation ensued. Mr. Williams has a large collection of old bamboo fly rods. He does not keep them under glass. He fishes them. In no time, I had that old Leonard in my hand. This was followed by several other rods and reels, all older than I was. Now, that is quite a feat. It took only a few minutes for me to realize that I was in over my waders when discussing bamboo fly rods with Mr. Williams. He is a treasure trove of knowledge. I intend to come knocking on that trailer door again.