by Ben Helgeson
Ben is a dad, teacher, fly fishing guide, and the communications director with 5280 Angler. Give him a like/follow and book your Colorado fly fishing adventure! #mindtheredd @5280angler @bhflyfish
He wrote the letter (below) to SaraBella, after purchasing and using a rod with his clients, Kelsey & Kyle. We appreciate his support for small business and his dedication to teaching fly anglers in Colorado.
Dear April & The SaraBella Team,
I wanted to share a quick story with you.
I’ve never previously concerned myself with the “first fish” of any given rod. However, a custom rod, being a product of thoughtfulness, warrants a more attentive consideration of first use.
The e-mail from Kelsey read,
“I’m looking forward to treating my fiance to his 25th birthday with a fly fishing trip. Neither of us has ever fly fished, and we are really excited.”
After landing her second fish, I told her the story of the rod.
Already enjoying a special morning, a new appreciation for the moment was apparent in her smile as she admired the rod.
Bearing the name of the guide service I believe in, the first fish for my new rod could only come via the hands of a first time fly fishing guest.
The first timers have always been my most motivating trips – every guide has their wheelhouse…
Like I said, I’ve never previously given any thought to the “first fish” of any rod I’ve owned. Thanks for giving me such a smart, beautiful, and fun opportunity to do so.
The rod has many memories to make.