On the flip side, you have folks such as Jack Bombardier of Confluence Casting, who's pictured above. Jack is the man on the "lower" Upper Colorado River between the tiny hamlet of State Bridge and Dotsero, Colorado. He lives on the river and knows the lower reaches of that seldom-fished stretch like the back of his hand. Also, he's the epitome of what every guide should aspire to be and one hell of a guy. A couple of weeks ago, I sent Jack a rambling email basically begging his knowledge of a certain section of river I didn't know. Where to fish? What to fish? Where to camp, put in and take out… I honestly didn't think I'd get much—as the life of a guide in the middle of the season leaves very little time for extensive email replies. Not only did Jack do what very few guides would ever consider—giving me detailed fishing info—he also offered up his property as a camping spot and his personal bike to run our shuttle. I truly believe that he would have done this for almost anyone that asked; it made our trip and another thereafter. Jack wasn't getting paid, or promised media coverage (although he just got it), he was just doing what every steward and excellent guide on the river should do. Be helpful, cultivate new clients, and make sure everyone has fun—that is how all fishing guides should be.