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A FRIENDSHIP NEVER TO SEVER. PHOTO: RYAN CREARY


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Another knife of mine plopped into the


Middle Fork of the Salmon as the rookie guide who borrowed it to adjust his oars at the put-in gapped the hand- off. Mortified, he turned pale as we watched the knife flutter in the swift current, then bounce along the bottom and out of sight in the crystal clear moun- tain stream. I laughed. We be- came fast friends and worked together for the next three years. In total, I’ve lost six knives to the river,


truth I’ve realized is that rivers are true to tradition—my knives were not lost but ac- cepted in an exchange.


“The truth I’ve realized is that rivers are true to tradition—my knives were not lost but accepted in an exchange.”


In return, the river has given me things


each time cursing an unholy sentiment while calculating how much of my daily wage would go towards replacing it. The


that coins cannot buy. My knives were trad- ed for good fortune, for friendships and for life itself. JEFF JACKSON


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