Beautiful day, a great fish, life is ok at times, a trip report..

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  1. formerguide

    formerguide Active Member

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    So, what is one of the great advantages of having your own fly shop? How about this...

    You're taking your son fishing this morning. He is SOOOO excited, and quite frankly, so are you. You get ready to head out, gear is packed, and you realize as you're 10 minutes out the door, you've forgotten:

    1) tippet
    2) the box of flies you specifically set aside for the day
    3) the waterproof case for your phone, again, set aside with today in mind.

    So. It's 8:00am, you're already en route, what do you do? Why, swing by the shop of course, and let your son choose a few flies of his own!

    Anyway... After a rough week of doctors appointments and tests for our son, he's been really terrific the past few days, feeling good, and with the weather cooperating so nicely, figured we just had to get out. He was awfully excited, and while he lost more fish than he landed, well, who's counting anyway? (apparently I am!) He did great though, thought I'd share is all. So good to get them started young. At 7, he's a far better angler than I was at almost twice his age, and he has both a knack for getting into fish, and a degree of patience with fishing that he doesn't exhibit for anything else, which I think is telling and damn cool too.

    Thanks all, hope those that have little ones of their own get to do likewise, it's pretty special sharing time on the water with our kids.

    Dan

    Picking out his flies, it's like I'm his personal shopper or concierge, haha...
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    Stringing up his Echo Gecko
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    Patience rewarded!
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  2. Skysoldier

    Skysoldier Trout Hunter

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    That is so awesome Dan! Way to get him out there.
     
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  3. P.Dieter

    P.Dieter Just Another Bubba

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    I'm not sure how many years I fished before I held one that big. What a great day, that's a fun spot to take someone and catch something.
     
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  4. Josh Stroud

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    Thats awesome, nice fish!!!
     
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  5. Ron McNeal

    Ron McNeal Life's good!

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    What a great smile in that last shot!!
     
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  6. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    Love it!
     
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  7. Phil Fravel

    Phil Fravel Friendly

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    Im happy for ya Dan. Yoiu have some great years ahead of you
     
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  8. flybill

    flybill Purveyor of fine hackle, wine & cigars!

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    Nice job and awesome fish! Looks like Trophy Lakes! Perfect day for it!
     
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  9. dryflylarry

    dryflylarry "Chasing Riseforms"

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    That is very nice Dan. Kool.
     
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    can't say it any better than flybill.
     
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    As good as it gets.
     
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    Great photos! They tell the story all by themselves.


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    I love the third photo, what a great smile! Way to go, young man! And way to go, dad!

    My daughter Matilda is almost 2 years old now, I can hardly wait!

    Thanks for sharing,
    Kenneth
     
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    You are really lucky to be able to share the moments and thanks for sharing them with us. We are always interested in progress.
     
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  15. David Loy

    David Loy Senior Moment

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    Ten Four. Sporty glasses too.
    Good one Dan. Wishing for many more.
     
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    Very nice. Can ya take me next time?
     
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  17. Teenage Entomologist

    Teenage Entomologist Gotta love the pteronarcys.

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    Dang! Hog of a fish! Getting kids involved in the outdoors these days is hard, but still, there are people like us to to lead another path for the younger generations.
     
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  18. Mingo

    Mingo the Menehune stole my beer

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    Excellent report; your boy sounds like a natural :)
     
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    Priceless! And a prayer for the defeat of whatever medical issue he is vanquishing. My Kids are 27 & 30; time flies, so enjoy these years.
     
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    formerguide Active Member

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    Thanks all, been nice week. Calvin says "thanks" as well.

    One note for all parents taking their little ones fishing, please make certain they have sunglasses or appropriate eyewear when fly fishing, I'm uber anal about that. Would simply be too easy to not think about and get a hook in an eye; I also only fish barbless with my kids, for the same reasons, $.02...

    But thanks again for all of the kind words and goodwill, so many of you have stopped in yesterday and today and commented on this thread, which only reenforces the point that I've made the right choice in my life, and in buying into the fly shop.

    Thanks again!

    Dan
     
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