Never a Stranger by Jim Mize

A new fly shop opened in town, so on the first available Saturday morning, one too hot to fish, I visited to meet the owner, talk fish, and pick up some fly-tying groceries. As I entered, I paused momentarily to let my eyes adjust from the glare outside.

A large black shape moved toward me, gave me a sniff and licked my hand. My improved vision identified it as a Lab and already I liked the fly-shop greeter. He had two legs up on the Wal-Mart greeters, though I will concede the Wal-Mart greeters have considerably better etiquette on where they stick their noses.

The proprietor rose from his fly-tying bench in the back and ambled forward, adjusting his glasses on his nose to look over the top.  He was a wiry guy, with grizzly hackle hair and beard and a firm handshake.

“Howdy, I’m Spyder.”

Click here for the rest of Jim Mize’s story at Sporting Classics Daily.

Author: Brian Cope

Brian Cope 5200 Borden Rd. Rembert, SC 29128 803-422-7626 Brian Cope is a retired U.S. Air Force Combat Communications Specialist and has been writing about the outdoors since 2006. He received a B.A. in English Literature with a Concentration in Writing from the University of South Carolina. He has won numerous awards for his writing, photography, videography, and podcasting. Brian is the editor of Carolina Sportsman Magazine and, and is host of The Sportsman Weekly Podcast.