We’re All Human

We’re All Human…

This blog is not an excuse for our mistakes but more of a “damn, hope that never happens again.” These are real stories about guide trips that we’ve done that might not have gone according to plan… We thought we would share with you because even guides (who fish just about every day) mess up in regards to fishing. Hopefully us sharing these stories will help you guys learn from our mistakes. If you say you haven’t done at least one of these, you’re lying. We’re all human.

As a guide we all remember our first trip like it was yesterday. We remember the jitters and excitement of finally getting on the water with clients. The night before the trip you run through your mental checklist of all the gear… rods, cooler, flies, net, and lunches. This guide got to the river, launched the boat, and began his float. Not long after, his client hooked into his first fish and landed it. While reaching down for the net he noticed quite a bit of water in the bottom of the boat. Though he did remember everything else, he forgot the one thing that makes the boat float. The plugs.  You can have all the gear you want. But if your boat doesn’t float, you won’t make it too far.


On guide trips we really enjoy the teaching process. It’s rewarding for us guides to help you into a fish and learning new techniques of the ‘Horn. We love teaching people to fish almost as much as we love to fish ourselves. Guides have been known to skip lunch to sneak in a few casts. Clients typically enjoy watching the guide fish so they can “see how it’s done.” This guide skipped his lunch to sneak in a couple casts.  “Hey try my new rod.” The client said. “I want to see how that rod is supposed to work.” So, this guide grabs the rod and gives it a try. Just a few casts later… CRACK!  The pale look on the guide’s face as well as the client’s said it all. The rod came back to the boat in two pieces instead of one. Though this was a complete accident, cast your own rod. Lesson learned. We’re All Human.


While you’re on the river you never know what can happen. Fly fishing is challenging, and every day presents its own adventure. Fooling a fish into eating your fly is one challenge, landing the fish is a whole new challenge. This story begins not too far below three mile access. This guide started off hot, sticking a fish right off the boat ramp; the guide and his client fought the fish down river a little ways. When they were just about to net the fish, the guide could not find the net. They ended up landing the fish and releasing it without the net. The guide pulled the boat over, and did the walk of shame back to the truck to grab the net for the rest of the trip. They were lucky here because they weren’t too far away so they could fix the mistake. You can’t net a bunch of fish if you don’t have a net.


Being a guide you are just that, a guide. You can’t tell a fish to eat the fly and you can’t control the flows of the river, you can’t control the weather. You can control your attitude, your work ethic, and your lunches. But what happens when you forget about one of those things you can control? I’m not talking about your attitude and work ethic. I’m talking about your lunches. Now I’m not saying this guide completely didn’t make lunches that day, he just might have forgotten the step between making the lunch and putting it in the boat cooler. Lesson learned. Luckily, the fish were as hungry as the people in his boat that day. Control what you can control.


Learn from our mistakes so you don’t make them yourself. If you spend enough time on the water, eventually something will not go according to plan. We are all humans, we make mistakes. We remember the days that don’t go according to plan and we learn from our mistakes. Those are the days that make for good stories around the camp fire, right?

From the Cottonwood fly shop, this is oar rights reminding you that we’re all humans and we make mistakes.