Funny, how we can live so close to someone , and somehow we don't bother , thru lack of initiative or just general apathy.....Bother to get to know said individual, that may very well share the same passion we do:
The guy in the photo, is just such a character: Great husband, super father, wonderful dog owner, and the best mate a guy could ever have for a friend. No bull. By chance, we met in a back alley when I was arriving at my place of business, and he was exiting his. I noticed the tools of his trade , in full view, in the rear of his SUV: Fly rod, Waders, boots and vest. All one needed in that part of the world to put in a good days work, on a local flow. Commenting on it, we nodded knowingly with a sly grin. The usual wife jokes, pertaining to the number of total hours fishing versus the actual hours in the week, we were allowed to fish, followed. After breaking into gales of laughter for the better part of 5 minutes, my better half came to the back door and wanted to know just "what was so funny?" More gales of laughter. We agreed we had to get out and flog the water, in tandem. To make a long story short, the rest, is as they say....History. He proved to be every bit the flyfisher I envisioned, and even taught me how to tie my own flies, (mostly, because I kept losing his!). The photo depicts a very happy angler, who has caught and landed, a Coho or silver salmon....That is in the final stages of spawning. Brilliant colors, lantern jawed, and slab- sided. This magnificent fish was released, unharmed to fulfill it's final purpose, and continue the life cycle of future generations. Kudos to a great shot, and a better friend.