Richard and his wife Patricia headed north with their sweet golden lab Sugar for a vacation and a little fishing. They are both retired socal secondary school teachers and Richard coached football and track as well. Patricia toured Redding and the Sundial Bridge with Sugar while Richard and I chased rainbows. Though his preferred species is bass he knows how to handle a flyrod and has caught a trout or two in the past seventy years. He also turned out to be a fine student putting some stylish mends on his drifts while developing a wicked hook set. One memorable fish ran him into a snag, another into the anchor but many others were not as fortunate. More than once other anglers asked what we were using, we even gave one of them a few flies. The truth is on the end of Richard’s line it probably didn’t matter all that much. This guy is a true fisherman and as a testament he enjoyed every minute of it, even the lost one that will haunt him. Look out Bass!