After a long and successful career as an executive in the business world, John retired and along with Betty they began a wine business in their home town of Santa Barbara, Calif.
Twenty years ago, the Whites built a summer home here in Montana and now spend the entire fishing season here. Their regular guide used to be my pal Skeeter before his accident but now they book me to guide them fly fishing every Tues.
Every year at Christmas time, a case of White Vineyards chardonnay would show up at my door. The Whites are active in our local community donating their time and money to the hospital and town library as well as the local Trout Unlimited chapter. He likes to keep his business local. Walking through the front door he saw a notice on the chalkboard. Needing some fresh tippet and a few flies, he entered and began browsing.
Unfamiliar music played through the shop sound system. A slender man in his early twenties sat on a stool behind the counter chatting with an attractive young lady dressed in black, skin tight spandex stretch pants, Teva sandals and a blaze orange form fitting gym workout shirt.
Her tongue was pierced. A faint trace of white powder was visible between her right nostril and upper lip. He had a neck tattoo showing a rainbow trout jumping through a ring of fire, stud earrings in both ears and one pierced eyebrow with tiny fish hooks all in a row. His groomed, dark facial hair was perfectly trimmed, as if he had just walked out of a Vidal Sassoon men's styling salon. John White wandered down the rows and racks of flies, not finding the size 18 olive-body comparaduns he was looking for to match the hatch on the spring creek he had fished the day before.
The kid behind the counter ignored him. The chick in spandex also ignored him. After several minutes, Mr. White walked up to the counter. You gotta be kiddin me bro, we got big trout around here, no need for little pussy flies like that.
John White, who had been fishing the Madison for thirty years, also had access to some prime spring creek water in the area. Just the other day he had landed two twenty inch browns on the 18 comparadun and broke off two other big fish. Unimpressed, the shop kid rang up the total sale. No more tabs, bro, We gotta new owner, new attitude, new sheriff in town. I always pay up at the end of the summer. This is my favorite fly shop.
I do all of my business here. Prescott sez no more tabs and he's the boss. Will that be cash or credit card?