Fishing is tremendous. We have to learn how to use boats and motors, to know lakes and rivers, the danger hidden under the water… At the same time, we learn the proper use of our fishing gear, good fishing spots and the most important: find a good fishing pal to share those great moments. I met all kinds of “fishermen”. Some cannot get in a boat without a few beer bottles, some drive boats as if they were trucks on a paved road and others can’t wear life vests. Fishing stories are often the fruit of their fruitful imaginations.

For me, I have my experiences and there is a lot to learn. I had the chance to go fishing with Anderson Jolly from Nemaska and I hope that I will have that privilege again. He teaches me many things. Among his teachings, I am learning to know the lakes and the traps you can’t see as well as not to take chances, be patient and respect nature.

Last time I went with Anderson we went to some rapids where there was

nice trout. Since that river was closed to non-Natives, I didn’t fish. I took a good walk and I observed a patient and passionate fisherman. He explained a few things about trout fishing that he learned from his grandfather, Anderson Jolly Sr., and I appreciated this privileged moment.

In the middle of the day I slipped on a rock and fell into the rapids. It happened so fast. I had water over my head and I could not touch the bottom. The current was very strong. I was finally able to put my fingers into a crack in a rock but I could not do more. Anderson was close to me and as a reflex; he bent down and told me to grab his hand. He pulled me out of the water so easily I could not believe it. Imagine pulling a 265-pound man, all wet, with one hand, out of the rapids! It is almost impossible but he did it. I think he was more frightened than me. I think what he saw made him more aware of the reality of the situation.

It is obvious that on that Monday, Anderson saved my life. I have no doubt about it! I am grateful and I want to thank him publicly. That day, I learned never go fishing alone and that nobody is accident-proof. But, above all, Anderson is a courageous man, quick of mind and deserves the trust I have in him. Thank you, Anderson. Be proud of yourself.