I received a great email, from a man I guided along with his brother a year ago, on a very cold and wintery Mad River. Buried in the email, was one of the greatest fishing compliments I had ever received. Its author, Pat, wanted me to know that they were headed back up to the Mad this Sunday, but neither thought it would be the same without my company.
I called Pat and we talked for about thirty minutes on the phone. Thirty minutes happens to be a very long time for me to be engaged in phone conversation. We talked about the days past, and what we were each up to now. He spoke of his latest boat building project, and I of my current events, and a few recent fishing highlights. I remind you, this is a man who other than a few cold winter hours spent together, is a stranger to me. This is the relationship fly fishing can build in just that amount of time.
Here is the challenge...call a friend or an acquaintance and invite them out for an afternoon on the water. Your reward may be a friendship which lasts you a lifetime. Take a kid out and your actions may alter their entire course in life. Just do not be stingy with all your hard earned knowledge, under the guise that its yours. Share and reap your rewards.
Sunday is a busy day for me. However, I have altered my schedule for the week, in order to enable me to spend a little time on the water with two new friends. If I actually get to fish with them, that will be great. If I am too late, and get to have dinner and a beer at a table of friends, that will be awesome.
- Ron Lewis
- Fairborn, Ohio, United States
- My name is Ron Lewis. I consider myself to be an avid fly fisher and have migrated towards quality over quantity these last few years. Not that going out and catching a half dozen Browns on the Mad River is a bad thing...I am just hooked on the high I receive while bringing a 28" Brown to hand, or have a day when eighty-one inches of fish are released in three hours. And yes, these feats were accomplished on the Mad River in Ohio. If you find yourself in the area get in touch. Also, be sure and look up Ohio Trophy Trout Hunter on Facebook and join the group. Guide Rates: Bridge to Bridge - $250 Custom Walks - $Call for Pricing Instruction on the Mad River - $200 (Instruction on the river consists of a personal assessment of the anglers skill sets, and then formulating a 3 hourish lesson designed for targeted angler improvement.)