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Lined up on the bank of Tonto Creek at Kohl’s Ranch these prospective fly-casting anglers get their first opportunity to try out what they’ve learned from Bob Youst during their intense classroom and outdoor practice sessions. From left to right are: John Webster, James Caldwell, Debbie Mahoney, Bob Youtz and Kenneth Caldwell.

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High priest of the unfurling line seeks a fresh band of acolytes

But the question remains: If fly-fishing’s so great, how come all those guys have spinners?

Forward. Back. Wrist straight. Forward. Back. Arm straight. Forward. Line unfurls. Back. The trout rises. Forward. The fly falls — and floats. Perfect. Granted: The fish is laughing. But it was perfect — down right Zen.

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