Tuesday, February 6, 2018

On Appeal

Hi. Remember me? I used to write with some regularity in this space. It’s been a while, but now the silence can be broken and the truth behind my absence may finally be told. I was sued.

It's not a pretty story. The RFA (Real Flyfishers Association) slapped me with a cease-and-desist order alleging that I was fraudulently posting as, well, a real fly fisher. Apparently they found a sympathetic judge who had actually seen me cast and the lawsuit was on.

It’s been a long slog, fighting the deep pockets of the RFA, but after numerous appeals and a rigorous climb up the judicial ladder, none other than this great land’s Supreme Court vacated all of the lower courts’ judgments, citing as precedent our present “state of affairs.”

Ginsburg (who throws a pretty mean spey) wrote for the majority:

Given the suitability of the current holders of many of our top governmental positions, Mr. Sepelak should reasonably be allowed to assume the role of a fly fisherman, a brain surgeon, or a ripe avocado for all we care.

Alito (trout-setter) for the minority:

WTF were we talking about?

It was a landmark decision, but a close one, won only because Gorsuch (a notorious low holer) is still having trouble with his buzzer.

However it happened, the result is good news, presumably, to my half-dozen followers here at Mike’s Gone Fishin’, and I hope to be back posting shortly. At the very least, the Photo Bins should get started again, though Photographers United is watching me very, very closely with litigious intent.

Needless to say, it’s good to be out from under the oppressive cloud of adjudication and back to the business of dispensing some serious fly-fishing false news.

Stay tuned, comrades.


Derek Young said...

Welcome back to the Bloggosphere!

Guy Franzen said...

You were gone?

Mike Sepelak said...

Thanks, Derek!

And you're killin' me, Guy.

Unknown said...

Damn sure glad you’re we’re willing to take one for the team, Mike. Welcome back!

Liquidambar Studio said...

I just thought the fish were biting too hard for you to have time for the half dozen of us. ;)

Mike Sepelak said...

Such a lovely thought, Kitty! Even when they're NOT biting, it's easy to get lost in it.

CARF said...

I had the same thoughts as Kitty, and Guy. Welcome back, Mike! Looking forward to more false fly fishing news. :)

Mike Sepelak said...

You'd best watch what you ask for, Justin. ;-)