I am saddened at this news. We never met in person, but it doesn't mean I didn't know him. We're all friends here.
You will be sorely missed, Ryan.
Salmotrutta wrote:I was just starting my vacation with my family when a friend called about his passing. Like everyone else who calls this place "our home" it hit me like a sledge hammer. I've been struggling about what to say. I'm saddened it should happen to one of us- this band of brothers.I know yall had your differences, you are a gentleman for posting this, these are very fitting words from a book/movie that we all relate to whether we admit it or not.
He & I traded blows all Winter online, but we still made each other laugh allot & mutual friends who fished with us both have told me he was a stand up guy. I believe it to be so.
My sincerest condolences to his family and friends.
My favorite book brought me back from the edge when I first read it years ago. It hit me deep in my heart, and within a couple weeks I was back home to start putting my life back together. Learning to fly fish was a big part of my personal healing. This place, and everyone who's been here has helped me broaden to broaden my horizons.
I thought I'd share a few passages from my still frequently read book that seem to fit how I feel about this tragedy, but more beautifully spoken by the true author Norman Mclean.
A river though, has so many things to say that it is hard to know what it says to all of us. As we were packing our tackle and fish in the car, Paul repeated "Just give me three more years." I was surprised at the repetition, but later I realized that the river somewhere, sometime, must have told me, too, that he would receive no such gift. For, when the police sergeant early next May wakened me before daybreak, I rose and asked no questions.
"Once my father asked me back some questions. "Do you think I could have helped him?" he asked.
Even if I had thought longer, I would have made the same answer.
Do you think I could have helped him?" I answered. We stood there waiting in in deference to each other. How can a question be answered that asks a lifetime of questions?
"I've said I've told you all I know. If you push me far enough, all I really know is that he was a fine fisherman."
"You know more than that." My father said. "He was beautiful."
I'm sending in a piece of marabou on a toothpick
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