I met Mike when I first got out of residency. I was applying for privileges at my local hospital. I was the young pup that knew everything and Mike was the wise established practitioner that happened to be the Chairman of the Credentials Committee.
At that time, I was asking for surgical privileges that no one in my profession had ever had at the hospital. The committee was not sure what to do with me. I was trained to do these things, but no one else at the hospital had a lot of experience with the procedures I wanted to do. So, the process took time.
I decided to start him out on the Ash. The conditions had degraded more on the Ash than any place else, but I know this river well and was pretty sure I could find a pocket of fish that would play.
The morning started slow. I started the day in an area that fish really stack. I was able to hook up with a nice hen on a Copper John pretty quickly, but Mike was still sorting it all out and was not able to get hooked up.