I had not been on this site long when I checked the classifieds and found an older man needing a room to rent within a week! I pmed the guy thinking that my daughter had just moved for school and could help him out with a room and I could use some extra cash too! never meeting him the only thing I knew is that he was a fly fisherman and was old as dirt so I knew if it came down to it I could take em. we met and he was the nicest guy you could ever meet, so I let him move in telling him that if it came down to my lab or him having to leave - well it would be him and he agreed! "BOB JONES" is his name, he showed me all his rods and reels dating back to caveman ages and it showed he had not been a wealthy man, but a man with passion that collected what he could and his passion showed in the way he would hand me a 60's fiberglass fly rod or a 70's fenwick picked out of the "MASS" of blanks and half tied and finished by him rods be it gear or fly rod! he had made quite a few tied by himself! Then his elderly son started packing stuff in the house, load after load of fly tying stuff, capes - box's - lights - tools - a mass of crap that I didn't know if I had room for! but after a month he finally set-up his tying room (my extra bedroom) now he was taking up two rooms but the display of tying stuff was impressive! HE HAD EVERYTHING!!! and it was laid out so nice with tables and shelves, and plastic containers for everything from dubbings to beads to capes and furs. everything had its own little marked and labeled container! it made my tying table look like a crack head had set it up. I had been tying a lot of flies and every time I didn't have something I could just call out "BOB YOU GOT" and the reply would be "YEP" it was like moving in A FLY SHOP! Now Bob had tied some flies and showed me and I knew right away that he had not tied much. I asked how long he had been tying and he said not very long but had collected all this stuff for his retirement, he loved fly fishing - he had taught his sons when they were young and all 3 of them still fly fish but he told me that no one had ever "TAUGHT HIM" that all he always done was make sure his sons could fly fish. well the first trip I took him on it showed, he could not cast very far partly from being 73 years old and partly from not being a good caster I guess! I rode him all day like an old rodeo horse! telling him to get that rod tip down we are not bait fishing! faster back loop - quit letting go of the line when you come for your front loop! ahhhh the patients it took from me to teach this old geezer! but he "LEARNED" after the first day I asked "WAS I TO HARD ON YOU" HE SAID NO! you really helped and keeping at me "MADE ME DO IT RIGHT" he had let go of the line on the forward stroke so many times I threatened to smack him in the ear every time he let go - he quit letting go and his casting got much better! The first trip we took was to coldwater lake in my drifter and I saw this nice little half circle deep spot next to the bank and told him to cast to it (after I got 20 feet away from the spot to make sure he could hit it) he cast his fly in and out from the depths comes this 18 to 20 inch trout and grab his fly and headed for mid lake! "I SCREAMED GET-EM " 5 seconds later he lifted the rod with his hands clamped down on the line and snap! "OHHHH PATIENTS" fish started boiling in the deep part so I had him put a bugger on and I row trolled the deep letting him land all the fish from both rods, he landed some 20 fish that day trolling and he was like a little kid with each one - it was great times for sure. I also was able to use his knowledge of the members from the seattle area beings that's where he was from and he had been on the site for a long time. I would ask him stuff like hey who's that guy? I think he's an ass! he would reply with no he's a nice guy! he knew quite a few of you from shops and group functions up that way. I'm not a guy for functions and hanging out at the shop thing. even back in the day I only was known by mark bachman and doug steward and jim teeny and a few others. I had my group of friends I had taught to fly fish and we kept to ourselves but "BOB" kinda taught me how important it can be to reach out to other fly fishers and share and fish with them! BOB LOVED WASHINGTON FLY FISHERS for many reasons - it was where all his friend were from and moving to portland to be closer to his sons and daughters he really had no friends down here so he loved writing to some of you and the relationships he had made through this site and the shops and group functions he had attended! I could go on forever about the year we spent together! he called me in his room last Wednesday saying he needed help he thought he had - had a heart attack - I called 911 and they came and got him and he went into the hospital and stayed since last week. his daughter just called and told me his lungs gave out and the family is coming tomorrow to take him off life support! BOB was the first member I have met from WFF he was one of the sweetest guy's you would ever meet (not like me) and if I ever meet any of you and you die on me I will kick your lilly asses!!! to my friend I will miss you - mark kraniger - fishcentral! Bob told me he had never landed a salmon or steelhead - well we had to fix that now didn't we! he hooked a steelhead with me on the fly but lost it- but he did catch this springer on the columbia this spring with me gear fishing! sorry I cheated but he didn't mind at all!!! his favorite trout lake - coldwater!