One of the cool things about fishing out of Three Rivers Lodge was the "Newfie" guides. They ranged from mid-20s to early 50s in age. Some had guided there 7 or 8 years, a couple only 3 or 4 weeks. All were good natured and real outdoorsmen. They had different personalities, but all enjoyed good conversation (mostly about hunting and fishing) and a good quip or joke. All came from Newfoundland and all were professional guides - although most spent more time over the years guiding bear and moose hunts than ferrying brook trout sports. Byron is a guide with minimal experience guiding for large brook trout, but is accomplished in the way of the woods and water. He was pretty quiet until we got him talking about his family, especially his son who is taking up fly fishing. One of my buddies Jerry was guided by Byron and he quipped that he had read that the guides in camp were accomplished outdoorsmen and were capable of carrying out a client on their back if necessary. He asked Byron if he thought he could carry him out. Byron thought for a minute and slowly replied, "I believe I could, but I would have to quarter you first!" A comedian is born.
These are the two fish I caught on consecutive casts at 2nd Rapids about an hour before I got "The Big One."
In addition to being all around great guys, some of the guides had other talents. One of the guides we enjoyed most was young Jordan Locke. He was probably the most accomplished fly fishing guide, hardest working (although all of them worked hard) and best singer. Best singer?!? After dinner on our last night we gathered in the lodge great room for some entertainment.
I guess I'll have to take guitar lessons to keep my clients entertained!