Greg, Thanks for the great fishing trip from Pangburn last week. An amazing fishing experience -- lots of big fish just where you said there would be. Thanks for your expertise and all your hard work to keep Lisa and myself busy landing the fish. We look forward to the next trip from Lobo Landing. Chuck (Texas)
I've been fishing with guides for the last 20 years in a half-dozen states, and after one day with Greg, I'd put him at the top of the list.
I especially admired the way he always had a rod ready for me to use, while he was re-rigging the rod I'd just been using. No other guide I've used has been smart enough to figure that one out. He spared no effort to find fish and guide me to the best presentation. And by the way, I caught over 30 trout--most of them on a fly he invented and ties for the Little Red River. Even the home-cooked hot lunch was outstanding.
Thank you very much for a great time and the patience you had with us, this is the first time "ever" any of us three have done anything like this together and the fish we caught and missed were all we could talk about back to Conway.
Thanks again for a fantastic time.
Thanks again for an excellent time on the river. Shanna and I cant wait to return and see if we cant hook "the big one" again! After catching those fish, she is definitely hooked on flyfishing, and I am blessed to have such a wonderful fishing partner!
A favor please: keep your eyes open for a lot on the river, either FSBO or by a Realtor. We loved it enough to consider purchasing a river-front lot so that we can one day do as you have done, retire there.
Hope your Christmas season is a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous!
ps we got the card and CD of the photos yesterday. Your wife is an EXCELLENT artist, and your photography skills deserve an award....thanks for sharing with us.
John S.had this to say -- Greg, Just wanted to drop you a note to tell you how much Allan and I enjoyed fishing with you. I appreciate your patience with two novice fly fishermen and how hard your worked to keep us on the fish. I feel like I learned so much but still have so much to learn so I assure you I will be back. I also enjoyed just visiting and reconnecting with you. I got the picture cd and WOW! I didn't know you were such a great photographer. Karen absolutely loved Sondra's card and is so jealous of her artistic talent. She has always wanted to do watercolors and wants to know if Sondra will teach her. Thanks again for a great trip!
Greg, I wanted to say thanks for the pictures and give you an update on my fishing Thurs and Fri.
Thursday I fished at the dam. I started with the dropper rig and didn't do much good. I noticed the fish were rising and tied
on the crackleback that you gave me. I started catching fish with it. This was up river from the narrow section (guard house). Caught 7 there. I then went further up toward the dam where it is shallow. Fish were rising there also and was catching fish until the horn blew at 1. Total of 9 for the morning.
Friday I started at the dam in hopes of seeing some rising fish again. No luck. The river was getting crowded and I decided to go
to the bridge and fish. I started with the single midge and was not having any luck. I fished down stream where the water got deeper and decided to rig up the dropper with sow bug on top and midge on bottom, like we fished on Wed. I immediately started catching fish. Caught 3 in one run and thought I was done catching fish for the day. As I was on the way back upstream, I decided to try another run where guys were fishing earlier. Caught 8 there in about 45 min. I had to get back to the camper to get ready to head home or I would have stayed longer. Both days started slow but ended up being successful.
I was great being able to fish so much in one week. Our trip on Wed definitely boosted my confidence on Thurs and Fri. I was able to use the knots you showed me and using the different indicator is much better than the foam that won't move. I went to the fly shop and got some more indicators and some soft weight. Small things can make a big difference.
Once again, thanks for the trip and all the tips and info. You helped make it a great week of fishing for me. I hope to see you on the river or at the fly shop on one of my return trips.
Evenin' Greg and Happy New Year wishes from Memphis. Thank you so much for the wonderful photos and the certificate for Max. Your thoughtfulness and personal attention too all the details of our trip etc...are so appreciated. Max and I read your card together and "Rivers of Memory" quote and noticed how beautiful your wife's oil painting on the front of the card was to us. Max hasn't stopped talking about you and the trip and the 7 rainbow he caught and how one was "24.23 inches"!
The cookies made his tummy smile and the tea kept us warm. What a perfect day - whether we'd been catching or just fishing.
We'll be back soon. Count on it. May the new year bring success, joy and peace and the eternal comfort of family and friends. Glad we're friends.
One can never have too many wonderful people in his life.
In parting, I share with you one of my favorite parts in literature from "A River Runs Through It"
"Like many fly fishermen in western Montana where the summer days are almost Arctic in length, I often do not start fishing until the cool of the evening. Then in the Arctic half-light of the canyon, all existence fades to a being with my soul and memories and the sounds of the Big Blackfoot River and a four-count rhythm and the hope that a fish will rise. Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of those rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters."
With great fondness,