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24 Nov

Requeim for the Reluctant Angler

Author: Travis

Doug Lowe and his trademark Red Ball waders at Nelson's Spring Creek

The first time I fished a spring creek, was with my father. My father was not an avid angler. But from the time I was a toddler until  he was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer, we spent a lot of our time together on rivers. I would love to say that I inherited my passion for fly fishing from my father or that he introduced me to the magic of spring creek angling. But the truth is, the only reason I think my father fly fished at all, was because I did. For him, the appeal wasn't in the chance to land a trophy or the enjoyment of the environs where wild trout are found. No, for my father, it was something bigger than the catch, something more elusive than trout and something more rewarding than angling itself. It was time spent with his son. My father loved me dearly and despite our differences later in life, I loved my father. My father's battle with cancer ended this morning. He passed away quietly in his sleep at Hopsice House. Thank you to everyone for their care and support during this trying time.  

 My father was, still is and will always be my hero.   

 I love you Pop, so long and thanks for all the fish.   


Doug Lowe   


10 Responses to “Requeim for the Reluctant Angler”

  1. Jim F says:

    May all your happy memories give you and your family peace. Our condolences, Travis, on the passing of an exuberant man and an unforgettable Santa. – Jim, for Irene and Eric.

  2. Jim Lenton says:


    Very sorry to hear about your Dad. At least you were able to spend time fishing with him the last few years.

    We’re gonna miss “Santa” this year…

    Jim & Jules

  3. Martin Watt says:

    Travis what a wonderful expression of you love for your dad…..

    • Steve Barker says:

      Travis, so sorry to hear about your dad. As you know, I can relate. Nice to know he went peacefully. He was a special guy and I’m glad I got to meet him through late night hockey games and CHBC’s santa..Take care..S

  4. Dan V says:

    I send my love and prayers to you and all of your family. Your Dad was an amazing man, he always knew how to make me laugh. Dont drive your nice car too fast beacuse nobody will see whos driving it …


  5. Andrew & Tamara(Andy & Tj) says:

    Travis/Jess & Family,
    Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time! We know your Dad is ‘catching(and releasing) the big one’ in a better place!
    Take care my friend!

  6. Terra & Hermann says:

    Truth and beauty in your piece of writing, Travis.. Another gift from your dad and the creative soul that was Doug? May your family find some relief in the rest that can finally come to you now that Doug has found his own way to rest. We’ll see you next week when we’re back in Canada.

  7. Mark Burley says:


    From reading your tribute I can feel the love and admiration you have for your father. The great thing is that he will always live on in your memories. The pain you feel now will turn into warmth in your heart and a smile on your face as you remember all the things that made him Dad.

    My sympathies…


  8. Klaudia says:

    I was saddened to hear about your dad. I know the journey was not easy…we spoke about this numeous times on our shoots together! I wish you and your family much strength and comfort during this difficult time. I am thinking of you.

  9. Charmaine says:

    Travis, Jess, Maya & Family,
    We’re so sorry to hear the news.
    Although we didn’t know your dad, reading your emotional tribute really moved us.
    Stay strong…You are all in our thoughts.

    Char, Tam & Kaleb

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