Rod Selection For Single Handed Exams11/02/2016
The following article by Gordy Hill was written on 07/02/2016 for the International Federation of Fly Fishers study group.
I always like to let you know who the Study Group contributors are when I can.
Chris Hague is from Great Britain. He didn’t enter the MCI Study Group until after he passed his exam and became a Master. I was his lead examiner when he came across the “pond” for the exam. I was amazed at how much he knew, so I pushed him to to try to seek his limit with esoteric questions that even some other examiners wouldn’t have been able to answer. Truth is, I could not crack him. He answered every one. Then we did the casting exam. He got a perfect score on every task and did very well on some tasks I gave him which were beyond the exam level. In short, I felt he was THE BEST candidate I ever examined. Such a pleasure to have a candidate like that. Hint: He’d had a superb mentor.
On reading Gordy’s comments I felt humbled by his kind words as this guy is a legend in the fly fishing world and somebody I have great respect for. The privilege was all mine to be examined by him.