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Michael Gracie

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: The FIBFest bar is now officially closed

I look forward to some bonefishing during Deneki Outdoors FIBFest 2011. But I cannot deny anticipation of alcohol-induced rowdiness down at the Slack Tide after a hard day’s work either. Sadly, swinging from oceanside tiki bar rafters with a bottle of Captain Morgan in my free hand just ain’t gonna happen now.

See, our host, one Andrew Bennett, has officially succumbed to the influence of the corporation. Instantly gone are his perpetual smile, the laid back atmosphere he’s created at his lodges, and the singular focus on fishing-as-fun. It’s all business from this point forward, as Mr. Bennett has joined the board of the American Fly Fishing Trade Association.

While I expect to catch even more bonefish now – fish pay very close attention to industry press releases – from here on out I will address my old friend as Mr. Bennett. And I suggest you do the same (after you congratulate him, of course).

MG signing off (to find some space in my bag for a pipe and a tweed smoking jacket)

Comments

You’re absolutely right, Michael. Our normal evening activities next week will be replaced by a new seminar series I’m developing called “Increasing Sell-Through on Bead-Head Pheasant Tails: 174 Simple Steps”. I hope you’re as excited as I am.

Jeez! Since it’s out of your soon-to-be-legendary “174 Simple Steps” Series, we should just skip the fishing and cover all 239 seminars. It would be like getting four years at Princeton, only useful!

Bjorn says:

A loud “hurray” and congrats for Mr. Bennett are indeed in order. He’ll probably have to go to bed at a respectable hour now, so we can still get down to the bar, I’d wager.

I’m just glad I knew the guy before he hit the bigtime.

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