I first met Dick Bjorem at a Walleye tournament in Dubreuilville, Ontario. He saw the brook trout sticker on the side of my boat as I was also a brook trout guide in Nipigon. At that walleye tournament, Dick and his partner finished in fourth and my partner and I finished in ninth. Dick took my name and number and brought his wife Jane brook trout fishing on the Nipigon system. After their first trip, they came a second time and have been coming twice a year for the last six years. Jane, Dick’s wife, has always managed to catch the big one while Dick catches the most. These people have found a way into my heart as they always go out despite wind, rain, snow, water spouts and thunderstorms. Jane never stops fishing until lunch is ready. They are now respectively 78 and 77 years old. I have never met a couple that reminds me so much of my own mother and father. This year they did not get any monsters, but managed to catch 16 brook trout and tied 8 each. Once again, Jane got the biggest. As you can see from these photos, out of their 16 fish, the majority of the fish were between 20 and 22 inches. Dick and Jane have been spoiled over the years as they have both caught multiple fish over 5 lbs.
I want to thank Dick and Jane for making me look good and for showing a zest for life. My family welcomes you into our family as things have progressed into more than just guiding. My children and my wife and I think of you as more than customers and welcome you into the family of big brook trout. We hope that you will have extended time to continue this journey of life. You have taught me a lot about family and I have shared with you about my own family. I have learned over the years that you don’t have to be related to share the same beliefs. May God bless you and keep you ready for next year.
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