This is hard to realize , that my fishing partner of more than 40 years is gone. He refreshed my interest in fly fishing In 1979. I always kidded him that I only went fishing with him because he tied such beautiful flies. He introduced me to the wonders of spring creek fishing in such wonderful places like Armstrong, Nelson's, and Silver creek. For more than 40 years we made annual 2 week trips to Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Oregon, British Columbia and Alberta. He even convinced me to accompany him to New Zealand for a month twice. I owe him so much, for what he brought to my life. I don't know how much fishing I will do now, without my best friend Duane Hansen. I don't think any one here knew him as he was not one to join in groups. There is a very large emptiness in my heart, but I do have wonderful memories of our trips together. I am 79 so my fishing without a companion will be limited.