Will Rice stows his ego and asks someone else to teach his wife to fly fish: Nanci!
Nanci Morris Lyons is one of the best guides in southwest Alaska, so
my wife Debra just grinned and nodded when Nanci told her, “No husband
should ever try to teach his wife how to drive a car, pilot a plane or
use a fly rod. Come on out to Bristol Bay and I’ll show you how to cast a
fly without developing all of Rice’s bad habits.”
It was early December, and we had bumped into Nanci and her husband,
Heath, at the baggage carousel in the Seattle airport, all of us
traveling for one last shot of sunshine before winter hit in earnest.
Naturally, the subject of conversation was fishing, and Debra, new to
the sport, was excited to find another woman with the same passion that
she was developing. Nanci’s advice was something that I should have
heard six months earlier (not that I would have paid any attention to
The invitation would seem to be a no-brainer. I have known Nanci for
years, and despite my bad casting habits, she has put me on some of the
biggest trout I have ever caught. Debra and I live in Anchorage, Alaska
and we were already planning to be in King Salmon in June. We could
easily spend a day flying out to some spectacular river with Nanci. Win,
win you would think. My ego knew better . . . . A little back story may
be in order here.
Read the entire article at Fly Rod and Reel Magazine HERE.