“There are three lessons to be learned from fishing,” said Assistant Head of Hyde School Rich Truluck, “patience, focus, and seeing yourself as part of the environment.”
It was with this in mind that a group of six men from Hyde School in Connecticut and Maine set out on the first, hopefully annual, Mike Dawes Sr. memorial fishing trip with WorldCast Anglers. This fishing trip was a great way to celebrate the life of an avid fisherman, beloved teacher, and great family man.
For Mike fishing was a wonderful way to live life. He spread the word by giving fly fishing lessons to anyone interested. Mike’s father fished, his grandfather fished, and most of the family fished also. Fly fishing was part of a lifetime of enjoyment for the Dawes family.
Mike Dawes’ son, Mike Junior, a fishing guide and a partner in a company that outfits and plans fishing trips to locations all over the world, was the choice to lead the Hyde group on the trek into the wilderness surrounding the north and south forks of the Snake River in Idaho.
The first adventure of the trip began after the group landed at Jackson Hole, Wyoming and looked for something to do before heading off for the fishing grounds. They chose mountain biking and set off for Grand Targhee Resort for a wild ride among the mountain wild flowers.
For the group, catch and release fly fishing was their choice, and each of the students was given a new Orvis rod, lessons in fly casting, and time to practice. They were divided among three boats with a guide in each for float fishing along the Snake River.
The Snake River reminded Truluck of the Kennebec which flows through Bath with its meanders and many side channels and eagles nesting along the shore.
But the Snake was also described as a big brawling western river purported to have within its banks over 5000 fish per mile. The Hyde fishermen set about to catch some of those fish which included rainbow and brown trout and Yellowstone cutthroat. The largest catch was 47 fish for one boat in one day. There was also a tie for the largest fish, two 22” brown trout were landed by Mike and Jon Nelson. The flies that were used were giants compared to the flies used in the East, with stone flies and salmon flies bagging the most fish.
One of the highlights as remembered by Truluck was watching the students progress in fly fishing. “They really took to it,” said Truluck.
Student John Nelson put it this way, “Awesome trip, I am so thankful for the chance. The trip to Jackson Hole and Idaho fishing was something I will never forget. I have memories of people, mountains, and fishing that will last me all my life. It was amazing.”
Many memories were made on this trip and lots of these were captured on video by the group. They took underwater shots as fish were released and scores of action shots of landings, fumbling, and just plain misses.
The guides from WorldCast Anglers were knowledgeable and professional all the way. On an overnight trip, the group stopped by what is known as the “South Fork Hilton;” the name fits for good reason. Wall tents were already set up, with cots and mattresses and bedding waiting.
A dinner of steak and potatoes perfumed the air and the crew was welcomed to camp with hot appetizers and cold drinks. The group agreed that “this was roughing it the right way,” with the knowledge that it doesn’t get any better.
Hyde sends many thanks to Mike Junior and Senior, for a truly a meaningful lifetime experience.