Wayne D Lewis, Colorado Outdoors
With a big smile on my face, I posed with my first-ever walleye. For our group, it was the first fish of the day, and the first walleye I had ever seen in person — all pointy fins, sharp teeth and cataract eyes. If Disney made a movie about freshwater fish, a walleye would be cast as the quirky sidekick to the main villian (probably a pike). I was proud if it had been a trout, it would have been a keeper. However, since it was just under 18 inches long, we had to release it. But, as it slipped back into the waters of Chatfield Reserevoir, I began to calculate how much per inch that walleye had cost.
It was my first time out with a guide, and I was still trying to work it out in my head how I felt about paying to fish. My buddy, Alex, had arranged a fishing trip for himself, me, and another friend, Jerad, with Nathan Zelinsky of Tightline Outdoors. Alex had called on a Wednesday morning asking what I was doing two days later. “Work,” was my response. He then explained how he had set up the guided trip for Friday at 6 a.m. and asked if I wanted in on it. Typically, I would overthink it and say I’d get back to him, but after accepting invitations to elk hunt, deer hunt, bass fish, kayak for trout, etc., etc., I’ve learned that when it comes to Alex and outdoor adventures, always say yes.
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