Avid angler and U.S. Marine, Blake Jacobs is seriously wounded in combat while fighting in Ramadi, Iraq. During that same battle, Blake’s lifelong friend is killed. When Blake returns home, he is haunted by the decisions he made that fateful day. Blake blames himself for the death of his friend. His guilt leads to depression, alcoholism, and eventually attempted suicide. Blake tries to cope with his guilt and survivor’s remorse by fulfilling a promise he made to his fallen friend to embark on a fly fishing journey across the American Rocky Mountains.
Will Blake’s journey to honor his friend help to quell the demons of substance abuse and suicidal thoughts? Will the grandeur of the vast mountain range and the beauty of its resplendent rivers grant him peace from the torments of war…or will Blake only find more pain as he mourns the loss of his dear friend?
Combat Fly Fishing is geared towards an adventure class fly fisher who cuts his teeth fishing Rocky Mountain waters. He is always learning and adapting to ever changing seasons, weather conditions, and water flows. Wind, rain, and snow encourage him because he knows lesser anglers will stay at home. With what little spare time he has, he studies multiple fly fishing disciplines and strives to improve his craft. He can be a beginner or a seasoned angler, because the goals he pursues are unique to him. He sacrifices sleep in exchange for the early morning hatch and hikes back to his car with a headlamp so not to leave the water before the sun goes down. He understands that fly fishing is a sport of knowledge, patience, persistence, and technical execution. He is an ethical angler who defends the natural resource that fuels his addiction by carefully releasing his catch back into the water with nothing more than a photo to hang as a trophy.