From Mongolia to Chile, and
from Alaska to Slovakia, Chatt G. Wright has traveled the globe
fishing every type of river and stream. And, he’s been
known to bring back pictures to document what he’s caught
and to show the beauty of a colorful rainbow trout or the sleek
power of a large bonefish.
In March, Wright and wife, Janice, were traveling on Interstate
I-25 near Cheyenne, Wyo. enroute to relatives in Casper. Janice
Wright was driving, and President Wright dozed in the passenger
seat. Imagine his surprise, as they were approaching Wheatland,
when Janice said, “That’s you!”
Startled awake, Wright was stunned to see himself on a large
highway billboard holding a giant rainbow trout from a past fishing
The sign—there are actually four of them at various locations
on I-25 and I-70—is part of a promotion by the Visitors
Bureau of Casper to lure anglers to the area. Wright has fished
there often and knows most of the guides and bait store owners.
When these folks were asked by the Visitors Bureau to submit
photos to use on the billboard ads, one of them sent a picture
of Wright, and it was selected. But no one told him.
So, it was both a shock and a pleasant surprise to see his larger-than-life
photo advertising the sport he loves.
No, President Wright is not getting any payment for the use of
his photo; and yes, that prize trout was set free to thrill another