By Dennis B. Weis
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I later collected many of my own Pierre stories; one in particular that I heard from his close friend Peter best exhibits his true loucura for ﬁshing. “I used to accompany Pierre when we were in our twenties to Iceland to ﬂy-ﬁsh for salmon in summer. As you know, it’s near the Arctic Circle and in July there are no nights. Pierre used to F LY - F I S H I N G THE 41 S T 30 take speed pills so he could ﬁsh ’round the clock. ” Nick shared with Pierre an understanding of the ﬁsherman’s (and thereby the predator’s) folly.
Pierre put the phone in his pocket, laughing and shaking his head. ” I asked, thinking I’d heard wrong. “Yes, apparently,” Pierre said, casting. ” “What did they do with it? ” “What, and cause trouble? ” After an hour of ﬁshing we’d caught nothing so we left to be at the exhibition early—it was the ﬁrst morning that it was open to the public. Pierre spent the morning trying to sell exotic bird skins to Dutch ﬂy tiers who used the feathers to make salmon ﬂies. “We don’t need parrots and blue chatterers,” one said.
As an author, publisher, and traveler, Nick had met many ﬂy ﬁshermen, and all sorts of enthusiasts and aﬁcionados of the rod and line. Pierre, though, through his skill, intuitiveness, dedication, and outright weirdness, was according to Nick above the others, and of nearly mythical status. One of Nick’s favorite stories about Pierre was about how he’d managed to get a hook lodged in his penis while tarpon ﬁshing in the Florida Keys. “Now a tarpon, as you know, is a big ﬁsh with a hard mouth,” Nick explained as he told it, “so you need a sharp hook and a big hook.