After being on the forum for a while I have started to notice a trend among fishermen.... very strong opinions on how to catch a fish.. the proper way. Often I find myself wondering just what exactly is a salmon to most fishers, so many feel certain ways or techniques are cheating or unethical. Myself, when I see a salmoniod I simply see smoked salmon dip, others see a mythical creature of nobility, now I see a steelhead or a rainbow as a true noble pursuit and never keep either. I used to feel that way about bow hunting for elk, but will primos and the hootchi mama ruined it for me and I dusted off the old fire stick and now just shoot for meat and go home. The crowds and the competition on the local salmon rivers have kind of ruined it for me and I look forward to salmon season only becouse it gets the competition out of my favorite sturgeon spots. It seems to me being a good fisherman is measured in numbers, I mean you never hear a guy say " man that dirk can stand in a freezing river all day enjoying nature with the best of em.. hes a heck of a fisherman" so when does a man cross over into jedi status and become a "" sportsman" ? so, what makes your best fishing buddy a great fisherman or running partner? what do you appreciate the most about your best fishing buddy? just curious, heres a chance to praise a friend.