he wasn't a married man; had no children. He worked for a Atlantic city newspaper and got burned out as an investigative reporter, mainly covering mob stories. Since there was no good fly fishing in new jersey he went west; finally ended up going back to work for a while in san francisco area since he liked steelheading so much. I had read an earlier work, A Clean, Well lighted Stream, years ago and had turned my son onto that piece, so he found this book and thought i might like it. he was right.