On 3/10/23, our good friend and co-worker Tanner Smith (aka San Juan and Eggs) was diagnosed with Stage IV gastric cancer. Tanner has quite the battle ahead of him with multiple rounds of chemotherapy, surgeries, procedures, and appointments scheduled in the coming months. Of course, this will not be an inexpensive venture. With a long and hard fight ahead of him, we want to help Tanner, his family, and his support system out financially, take some stress off, and let him focus on fighting this battle.
Ole' San Jay, the rambling man, has explored darn near every nook and cranny of the West in search of trout and he is currently sidelined from the action. While the West's trout certainly appreciate the break, we know there are plenty more salmonids for him to rope in on big, bushy dry flies presented along undercut banks. We reckon that the road trip of life ain't over for ole Tanner Smith, it's just getting started. Whether you've exchanged fishing stories, he's recommended bugs to you in the shop, you've shared the water with him, watched a game with him, shared a cold frosty beverage with him, or chewed the fat with him, please consider helping him get the care he needs to get back out on the water where he belongs.
We will continue to update as everything progresses with Tanner's battle. Thank you for all of your support, thoughts, prayers, and all of the positive vibes you've sent along to Tanner and the Smith family.