Some of the best advice I have ever received from friends and clients during my 34 yrs. of guiding is “do it NOW- while you are able.” Too many, too often, have preached, “I am financially stable, have time on my side yet do not have my health.” So when I received the invite to go on a weeklong Tarpon fishing trip this past May, I accepted; although I must admit, it was Glen Stanley’s final comment, “Herb, you have got to catch a Tarpon before you die,” that pushed me over the top and was the game changer.
No, it is not a rumor. After twenty-three (23) years, of great fun and a major highlight of our lives, Kit Kreick has retired from the guiding profession and TFS to peruse other interests. While a few of us saw it coming, it is still a jaw dropper to witness another great leave the industry.
I vividly remember the day a stout keen and ambitus, fifteen year old walked into our shop, asked the right questions and said the right things; immediately setting the stage for his new adventure and long term employment with TFS. Kit excelled unlike anyone I have witnessed, taking fly tying and fishing to another level, and swiftly evolved into one of the most accomplished and highly recognized fly fisherman and fishing guide anyone could hook up with. His upbeat personality, passion for the sport and outdoors, infectious enthusiasm and laughter cultivated a loyal following. His uncanny fishing/hunting/guiding skills can be matched by few others and consistently proved rewarding for all level anglers. Anyone that spent a day on the water with Kit experienced a memorable time. We support and wish Kit and his family the very best.
Just when you thought there was a glimmer of warm sunny weather settling in and one last shot for late season TR steel, Ma Nature delivers another one-two punch series of frontal systems bringing more rain and snow (to 3000ft.). Is it spring, winter, where are we? Runoff and snow pack has fueled Trinity Lake capacities, exceeding 90 %, prompting water agencies to throttle the valve, jacking Trinity River flows to 1500cfs…Influenced with additional secondary runoff, the TR is currently high, turbid and unfishable. In fact recent chatter is more than likely the Trinity basin will be allocated an “Extreme” water yr.; translating TR high flows peaking above 10,000cfs. and remain high through the month of July (refer to TR flow chart).