I found the tippet and leader I wanted and set off to look at line. I wasn't sure which brand of line I wanted so I had a couple questions for the fly counter person. Well, there was nobody there so I looked at all of the 8 weight sinking tip line and then chose the Cortland 333 Pro. My husband had finished looking for some stuff he needed, so he came to help me find the backing. Right after my husband joined me all of a sudden the fly counter guy showed up. This is where I got upset. The fly counter guy kept trying to talk me out of tying the line on myself. I told him we lived out of town and forgot my reel, so I wanted to go ahead and buy the backing and do it myself. He kept hinting that it was too hard for me to do and I should take it to my local fly shop to have it done. When he asked me which line I was getting he tried to make me feel like it was the wrong choice. He wanted me to choose a floating line. I told him I wanted the sinking tip line and I already had a floating set up at home. He FINALLY handed me the backing I needed and as I walked away I was determined to show him I can tie it all on myself! I know he may not have realized he was being a jerk, but he made me start doubting myself and my choice that I had been confident in only 5 minutes earlier.
When I decided to start fly fishing, I wanted to learn how to do everything from loading the line on the reel to tying flies. I was a little intimidated by everything you have to remember when tying the line on the reel and I was going to bring my reel with us just to make sure it was ready for our upcoming trip. But after that guy made me mad I was glad I didn't bring it and was going to show him I could do it myself! I knew I could tie everything on with the instructions from my L.L. Bean Fly-Fishing Handbook because the instructions are great and the illustrations are easy to understand. Last night I got out a folding table and set up everything I needed.