(A writing to Dewey Gillespie from a very
respected friend AJH)
good fisherman and guide will know all the vantage spots from which he can
view the pool and spot the fish that lie in it without disturbing them. A
guide becomes a friend, a confidante, a partner, or a teacher, depending upon
the needs of his particular sportsman. A guide will suggest when to fish a
pool and when to rest it, when to move on and when to stay.
Often he will have flies of his own, which he will lend you, flies he knows
are effective because they caught salmon in the past. A good fisherman and
guide will follow the fly with his eye on every cast. As a guide he will
almost use a fisherman as an instrument for placing the fly where he, the
guide wants it. He will say, “Shorten the line a little bit, or cast a little
more at an angle upstream, or lower your rod a little now.” And if the angler
does his bidding, he will, in most cases, have the best possible chance of
hooking a salmon.