A Fly Angler’s First View of Labrador

Bill Dzilenski stepped off the turbine float plane and hoisted a large gear bag onto our newly renovated dock. In that bag was a strong fly rod and a good camera. And he spent the following seven days wielding both tools with enthusiasm and grace. After our season ended, Bill sent me a letter with a thumb drive enclosed. He wrote “My visit to Three Rivers was stellar. A lot of age-old dreams came true, and the trip continues to grow on me. Enjoy the pictures.”

Holed up in a farmhouse on Vermont’s first snowy day of the winter, Bill’s images have improved  my humor considerably. So I’m moved to share them with you.

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First Evening in Camp

Calm Day on the Water

Bluebird Day on the Water

Pic of a Pic of a Pick

Pic of a Pic of a Pick

Bill and his guide flew up to a little “rattle”, a Newfy term for a lively creek. Pilot Gilles circled, checked out the landing zone, then dropped into a broad reach of the river.

Checking for Rocks

Throttling Back

A Sweet Creek, and

A Sweet Creek, and

A Crazy Fly, adds up to

A Crazy Fly, adds up to

Another Successful Release

Another Successful Release

Mid-week, Bill spent two days at the 5th Rapids Outpost Camp.

High on an Esker

High on an Esker

Where He Fished Until Dusk

Where He Fished Until Dusk

Fished Hard, Until His Guide Byron Was Red in the Face

Fished Hard, Until His Guide Byron Was Red in the Face

Almost as Red as His Quarry's Belly

Almost as Red as His Quarry’s Belly

Some Days Were Brisk

Some Days Were Brisk

Some Quiet

Some Quiet

But All Days Were Filled With Small Wonders

But Each Day Was Filled With Small Wonders

Ripe Moments,

Ripe Moments,

And New Friends

And New Friends

“I’ll end this letter here,” Bill wrote, “as I could go on endlessly. Suffice it to say that I can’t wait to return. It may be a year or two, but I’ll look forward to seeing it all anew.”

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One Response to A Fly Angler’s First View of Labrador

  1. Rob Mann says:

    Well done! I will add these fantastic images to my own collection from visits in 2013 and 14. Brings me right back, thanks for sharing.

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