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Old 09-15-2013, 07:24 PM
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Found these pictures of you. I think this was up on the Harrison. That was a great trip with our late friend Mark Sandlin.

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Dear God that takes me back so many years.

The four of us in my motor home up to Canada. Going through Canada Customs at about 4 Am in the morning .... 'You don't have any lickor on board????' Not!

The four of us sat there as the thing got tossed. Custom Officer was about 5 foot tall in her boots, gun and all. Sooo disappointing when all she found was a couple of bottles of beer in the fridge. Not even fresh veggies (can't bring them in, so why even try?)

Thinking about the trip and Mark just a few days back. And his Dog, a Jack Russel' if memory serves. Don't remember how/where/when we met but do remember the first time we went fishing out of his boat. At that time my Yellow Lab was 'Sheba' and head out the back window and saw his dog .. (Roy) Bailed OUT out the window (never done that before) and off the two go chasing each other around his yard.

Two of us just stood there and laughed our self's silly. On the boat, and beach and the two were off like shots. 100 pounds trying to keep up with five?

At his funeral and every one's doing, can't remember the proper word, and I got up and talked about him and "Roy" on the river. Never had so many people come up and give me a hug before and after.

An extraordinarily good man in every sense.

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Mark and Roy.

Ole Roy passed away not too long before Mark did. Smartest dog I ever knew.

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One of my favorite memories of Mark. All summer, I was catching hatchery fish and he was catching wild fish. We wanted the tables to turn, cause I hate eating fish and he loves em. I think I caught 6 or 8 adult fish this day, all hatchery. LOL He caught a few too and of coarse, all wild. This was my last fish, he wanted to help me land it (which was odd because we usually did ok landing them alone) He lands it beautifully and gently, as Im reaching for my camera I hear a "CRACK", I turn around and he's bonked it with rock. LOL! He says, " This sonofab!tch is mine" LOL I stand there in shock as he starts walking to the boat (see picture) he yells over his shoulder, "C'mon! We're done!"

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Marks passing marked the end of my serious steelheading. Being on the river without him just hurt too dang much.

I love you brother! See you on that glorious crystal shore some day

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That's my Guy and Doggie. You guys could always hook 5 to my one.

Never could figure out that one, save for you had the 'touch' and I never did.

ARRRGGGGGGG!

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You guys are awesome! Luke Sandlin, son of Mark, is my brother in law. Mark used to come over for birthdays, bar-b-ques and gatherings of all sorts! Beer in hand and a smile on his face...good man! Luke carries on the traditions of beer in hand and smile on face.

Too bad I never had the opportunity to fish with him. Luke tells me he was a passionate angler. Cancer sucks!

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jbird...please don't stop steelheading

Pass it on to us younger guys...teach us to swing for the greatest fish in the river...PLEASE!
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You guys are awesome! Luke Sandlin, son of Mark, is my brother in law. Mark used to come over for birthdays, bar-b-ques and gatherings of all sorts! Beer in hand and a smile on his face...good man! Luke carries on the traditions of beer in hand and smile on face.

Too bad I never had the opportunity to fish with him. Luke tells me he was a passionate angler. Cancer sucks!

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jbird...please don't stop steelheading

Pass it on to us younger guys...teach us to swing for the greatest fish in the river...PLEASE!
This is hard to type ... Mark knew he was at end of days and called all of his friends/fishing buddies to say 'Good By.' We talked for about an hour and I could hear his voice slow down. Long pauses, I had all the time in the world for him to catch his breath. A few "you still there?" on the phone.

He Passed a couple of days later. And I cryed .. a very good friend had left my side.

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You guys are awesome! Luke Sandlin, son of Mark, is my brother in law. Mark used to come over for birthdays, bar-b-ques and gatherings of all sorts! Beer in hand and a smile on his face...good man! Luke carries on the traditions of beer in hand and smile on face.

Too bad I never had the opportunity to fish with him. Luke tells me he was a passionate angler. Cancer sucks!

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jbird...please don't stop steelheading

Pass it on to us younger guys...teach us to swing for the greatest fish in the river...PLEASE!
Wow! What a small world. I fished with Clay a few times but never Luke.

Mark called me and left a voicemail to call him back, that it was very important. Here we are 3 years+ down the road, and I still have that message saved on my phone. My phone tries to purge it every month and I have to resave it, I listen to it every time and hear his voice. Anyway, I went to his house and we talked for a couple hours. He then took me into his "man cave" and started giving me everything. Man that was hard. He seemed to be in good spirits and actually looked good! He passed away the very next day.
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Hay Jbird, remember that flo green fly someone tied up that turned out the be a total killer? That night they came off the production line as fast as someone could tie.

One of those 'just can't miss' bits of fluff.

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