Rowan Gordon

32 St. Audley Road

18 October 2006

Dear Fred

One of the finer things in life is watching a true craftsman at his trade.  After many months of excited planning for Cosmoledo I now find myself back at home with fond memories of new people, distant places and unique fishing.  It was a privilege for me to see the skill that you are able to apply to your craft.

The highlight for me, and my most lasting memory, was certainly walking on the flats at your shoulder, stalking bone fish.  I know that the ultimate success of landing a fish was made a lot more satisfying because of the first three (or was it four?) bonies that I managed to snap off so effortlessly.  I really appreciated your patience and resolve to succeed in hooking me up successfully.  I was also grateful that you did not run out of bonefish flies too soon…

We have spent too many long hours developing our skills in the corporate environment and it has been totally exhilarating to me to open the doors on the new world of fishing and fly fishing in particular.  I really hope that I am able to get to Rhodes in the near future and continue the journey.

We are in the process of moving to Cape Town and I will send you my contact details when we are there.  I would love to reciprocate in a small way if you are ever in Cape Town.  There will always be a spare bed and a warm meal, maybe just fresh bread!!!  Hopefully the showers might even be more comfortable that the Indian Ocean Explorer.  Please do shout if you are in the area.

I have enclosed a book about the Seychelles which I hope that you enjoy.  Once again, thank you for your hard work in Cosmoledo.  You enriched our trip and we certainly do appreciate your efforts.  Please extend our thanks to your wife and kids for making it possible.

Kind Regards

Rowan Gordon