TOO OLD TO GUIDE?

Anglers Journal - - MAIL -

I have en­joyed read­ing An­glers Jour­nal. Your piece “9 to 5? Not For This Bunch” was a nice, en­ter­tain­ing read [Win­ter 2018, “Be­tween Fish”]. In the story, Bill Sisson quotes Matthias Hack­ett (left) as say­ing, “I’m not go­ing to be able to do this when I’m 50.” I be­lieve Mr. Hack­ett is mis­taken.

I am a full-time pro­fes­sional fly-fish­ing guide with World Cast An­glers, based in Vic­tor, Idaho, and I will be 47 in July. I also have many friends who are around 50 and are quite suc­cess­ful (neb­u­lous mean­ing). I still man­age/ex­e­cute as many as 125 guided trips an­nu­ally, pri­mar­ily from a drift boat, on pow­er­ful western rivers, and I have for many years. I hope this news cheers him up and makes him more op­ti­mistic about his fu­ture. Derek Hut­ton Vic­tor, Idaho

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