HI there, Hows tricks?
The photo above is a release shot of a big brown that my client Peter caught with me a few days ago. Peter had not done much fly fishing and this was his first south Island brown," lucky bugger" John his mate said! and I had to agree. This news letter was meant to be about my first book launch, though something more important came up GERRY, read on.
The photo on the right Is from Gerry a client of mine that hired me every year for quite a few days over the past 13 years, Many of you will know him and met him ,he fished all over NZ through the years with many guides and became a good friend of mine and many others. At 88 he Conked out , as he would have said. So sadly his booking this year is no more. For all of you and not just me that knew him ,here are the words I wrote not just myself, for you all that had the chance to meet and guide Gerry.
So sad to hear.
I am choked up with tears in my eyes.
It will indeed be a celebration of his life as he was an amazing man and a huge inspiration for myself and many others lucky to have met and became good friends with him over the many years. He has helped me be the man I am today, with his out look on life.
We had fun, laughed and shed tears together on the river banks. I would listen to his stories and words of advice like a sponge. When he spoke to anyone we would meet you could hear a pin drop, everybody stopped what they were doing and listened to him.
With my body full of titanium in my back and Gerry’s body also full of metal(hips,knees) , we would joke to each other that the scrap man would make a bit of money from all the metal in us, when we both go.
I would always say to Gerry with his drive that I don’t think he will ever die and he would say
“I,m not going to die Stu , I,m just going to Conk out!
My thoughts are with you all.
Take care all my love
Stu and Trigger & all the rivers and trout in NZ xx