Response to the @CastingAcross Open Letter

Dear Matthew, we’re still stinging from your Open Letter to us on January 3, 2018.

The stinging was caused not by the content of your post but the reminder of our last Skype podcast interview with you. Gazing at your unbelievably pristine lumber-jack beard during the interview was a rebuke to our manhood. Even in midlife, Dave has no real shot at such facial hair, and Steve’s goatee is nothing short of pathetic, a feeble attempt to validate his deep outdoor insecurities.

So we must begin our reply with nothing but deference to and accolades for your facial accomplishments. You have achieved legendary countenance status in our hearts and minds.

Before we go much further, we want to be sure to accept every wonderful comment that you make about our podcast and book, The Fly Fisher’s Book of Lists: Life is short. Catch more fish. Did we mention that we’ve published a book?

Now that we’ve covered our annoying self-promotional, self-aggrandizing hoo-ha, we’d like to address the big idea of your post: that we need to broaden our fly fishing experiences to the East Coast.

Key Lines of the @Castingacross Open Letter

To properly respond to every nuanced thought in your post, we’ll break it down:

“I did want to remind you that I still haven’t received the royalty checks for my two appearances:”

Say what?

Didn’t you mean to say, “I still haven’t sent you the royalty checks for the privilege of being on the podcast?”

“… it is clear that your fly fishing hearts lie beyond the Mississippi.”

We think it’s clear that we are cheap. We begin all our fly fishing planning with, “Do we have family or ‘loose family ties’ that we can mooch off?”

Steve is a master mooch, and Dave is Steve’s mooch conspirator, for Dave never complains when Steve finds free lodging on one of their Montana excursions.

“I’m just asking you to seriously consider some angling opportunities that lie a little more eastward.”

Eastward. Hmmm. Is that a direction?

A River Runs Through It has captivated recent generations of fly fishers, and rightly so. Still, that brand of western angling nostalgia only looks as far back as the early 1900’s. Places in the Catskills and Central Pennsylvania are literally the birthplaces of American fly fishing.”

Uh, this may be a bit embarrassing for you, but everyone knows Brad Pitt is the founder of fly fishing and that Norman Mclean was his father in real life. Everyone. Given that bit of historical, uh, truth, the royal lineage of fly fishing seems to run through Montana.

“It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that I am the chief sinner when it comes to just going where it is comfortable.

We don’t want to judge you, but the phrase “chief sinner” had come to mind before you mentioned it.

“So what say you? Maine brook trout? Massachusetts striped bass? Carolina catfish?

You had us at Carolina catfish.

“Sincerely, the hopefully-soon-to-be 3rd guy in a river out east,

You are here by officially knighted as the Third Guy. We’ll send an invoice for a third of the expense of it all shortly. You can pay us by saying yes to another podcast episode real soon.

Your Western-Biased Friends,

Dave and Steve
2 Guys and a River

6 Replies to “Response to the @CastingAcross Open Letter”

  1. As always loving the podcasts. Have you thought of introducing the topic of fishing with a Tenkara rod. I find it perfect for the Driftless and all but the biggest rivers Out West. Perhaps Matt Sment of Badger Tenkara would be a good guy to interview. Matt is very much involved with introducing kids to fly fishing and has produced a rod for the Boy Scouts of America. He also organizes an annual Tenkara gettogether in the Driftless, I went last year and it was a blast.

  2. Interesting thought of exploring other locales with locals, at least via the podcast. I have a colleague in Northern KY who raves about the flyfishing (generally for stripers) on the tailwaters of dams on the Ohio River. Yes, the very same muddy, industrialized Ohio River that runs from Pittsburgh to the Mississippi. Now, the Ohio is certainly not flyfishing royalty, but has enough action to bring out the inner flyfisher in my colleague. Perhaps these segments – in NC, Pennsylvania, and even the Ohio – could be considered the Two Guys Travelogue!

    Keep up the great work!

  3. REALLY!! The 3rd guy!!! Quite frankly I’m saddened by this article. I have listened to you guys since the beginning. I have your book. I’ve commented on a fairly regular basis. I’ve been on the podcast. I can grow a nice manly beard, I’m in the east… so how much is it going to cost me to become this 3rd guy?
    All kidding aside, as always great stuff guys.

  4. This was fantastic. The open letter, the retort, the self aggrandizing deprecation: all of it. That being said, I wouldn’t be upset with some more guest appearances from the North East (indeed a direction). Tight lines and keep churning out the amazing content. Matthew was right; it is impressive.

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