Almost two years ago, I got an email from Sam Hesse, a Marine who was stationed in Washington State at the time. He was a fan of "Hook Shots," and was wondering if I had any insight into how he might catch steelhead in a few local rivers during his little free time. I'm not very well versed in West Coast steel, but I gave him whatever pointers I thought would be helpful. Then I tied him a handful of flies and sent them along. The next time I heard from Sam was the following summer. This time he had a big leave coming, a chance to stray far from the base if he chose, and wondered if I had any suggestions for fishing spots. I did one better. I called my buddy Ed Walzer, who lived a few hours away, and asked him if he'd take Sam out for tiger muskies, which Ed happily did. They had a great time, but as muskie fishing often goes, they didn't get one on the line. Still, Sam was thrilled that I hooked him up, and couldn't thank me enough, even though no thanks were necessary. Helping anglers is what I'm about.