Slim Randles' Home Country
Because he had no idea he was doing it
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[March 31, 2017]
there's one thing you can honestly say about Delbert McLain, he's as
persistent as a winter cough. As our chamber of commerce here --
he's it, you see -- his fertile brain never ceases its search to
turn a sleepy little valley into a cross between Wall Street and
That's part of what was going on in his mind this late winter's
day as he sat in the rented office the local businesses chip in for
each month. On a snowy day like this one, of course, you can never
tell when the representative of a foreign auto manufacturer might
skid on into town and look around for a good pasture on which to
install an assembly plant. And what would happen if Delbert wasn't
there, wearing his tie, in the chamber office, when that occurred?
The next valley over would experience phenomenal growth and we'd
still be left without the "big box" stores.
We would be everlastingly condemned to buying our food at the Soup
'R Market, buying our reading material at the Read Me Now Bookstore,
getting a new "do" at Curl Up 'N Dye beauty salon, and sipping our
coffee at the Mule Barn truck stop where the waitresses know
everything there is to know about us, whether that's okay with us or
But it's a snowy day, and no one has dropped by wanting to subdivide
the old Johnson place or anything, so Delbert threw his tie over his
shoulder to get it out of the way and took his fly-tying vise out of
the desk drawer.
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He was in a streamer mood and smiled as he tied
the colorful tails on the longer hooks, dreaming of the retrieves
his friends would make in Miller pond for the bass there. Delbert
doesn't enjoy fishing, just tying the flies. He likes the streamers
better than the bass plugs, even if they don't catch as many fish.
They just look classier.
So Delbert went on, tying flies for one way of life, and planning
how to bring us another way of life, and smiling. Because he had no
idea he was doing it.
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