RE:Priming the pump...
Al brought his vice, material & other equipment. He gave me a crash course. My Deciever (the first one) came out pretty good. The easy Shape Sand Eel, not so great. The bunny was surprisingly easy; even with Al's extra step of tying in a mono loop to prevent tangling. My whip fishing technique is pretty crude. At least I now know some of the Lingo (palmering, etc.).
I've been reading and practicing using George Robert's Pamphlet "The Essentials of Distance Fly Casting". My distance has definately improved, but my consistance still needs work!