Unfortunately I had hoped this this mission was already going to be achieved by the time you read this but unfortunately the Trout weren’t playing the game much over this past weekends opening of Trout season. I don’t expect many people to read this entry on Lureandfly.com but my true hope is for this to be a digital memorial for someone who had an influence on my fishing.
One of my goals this weekend just gone was to catch a trout on one of my uncle Dick’s flies that he tied himself and hopefully to have a picture up of it here and now. Dick Masterson passed away on the 28th of September after a long battle with prostate cancer and hearing of this reminded me that he gave me a box full of his hand tied flies a few years ago. I thought it might be nice to try all I could to catch at least one more Trout on a fly of his own making and then retire them somewhere as a keepsake.
What I knew of Dick was that he was a pretty keen “fluff chucker” for Trout where he lived in New Mexico, so much so that his obituary read “an expert craftsman, he also taught pottery at Santa Fe Clay. His other interests were numerous, including Arabian horses, goats, gardening and poultry. Several years were spent brewing award-winning beer and in his fifties, fly-fishing became a favorite pastime. For many days, he enjoyed tossing flies of his own making, to wild trout on the upper Pecos River.”
I kind of envy Dick’s life in that he was passionate and knew what he wanted to do and made it his living doing what he loved. It says he was an expert craftsman because of his love of pottery which is how he and my aunt Holly made their living in the studio/home he built himself in the desert around Santa Fe.
As I said above, I don’t expect this will be one of the most read things I will ever write on here but I think the most important thing after someones passing is that they are remembered and this is how I am going to do that and the next step will simply be the picture of the Trout with a fly in it’s mouth.