Yesterday was the best day in a long while, a report

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by formerguide, May 6, 2013.

  1. formerguide Active Member

    Posts: 313
    Bonney Lake, WA
    Ratings: +756 / 0
    As some of you may have seen, our youngest son Calvin just received his first fly rod the other day, an Echo "Gecko" that the guys at Puget Sound were good enough to set up for us. He was ecstatic.

    So, yesterday, I had arranged some time at the Nisqually Valley ponds for Calvin to hopefully catch a fish or two. He handled it like a champ, and was able to hook numerous fish, on his own, and bring them to hand. Bare in mind, he's only 6 years old; I've taught enough adults who struggled mightily with the concept of stripping in line and setting the hook, far more so than my little guy. I simply couldn't be prouder.

    As many of you know, Calvin suffers from a rare neurological disorder and has multiple seizures daily. This may be as good as it gets for him, he can only stay in the sun for 10-15 minutes at a time. But we will make the best of what he CAN do, and apparently that includes hooking fish now, which I'm grateful for. We would hook a fish or two then head back into the tent for some rest.

    Anyway, thought I'd share. I think the video says it all, dude is gonna be outfishing me soon enough I suspect and hope.


    Woke up to this view

    Found this guy on my bedroom window, figured it had to be a sign

    First fish on the Gecko!

    Another handsome fish

    He couldn't even pick this up.

    Taking a nap in the tent between fishes

    Here's the video of my fly fishing savant. 6 years old...


    jjcheng, JS, smole and 31 others like this.
  2. golfman44 Coho Queen

    Posts: 1,639
    Ratings: +986 / 0
    Man that's awesome. He would out fish me any day.
    formerguide likes this.
  3. Upton O Blind hog fisherman

    Posts: 2,158
    out of state now
    Ratings: +211 / 0
    Great report, well done.
    formerguide likes this.
  4. triploidjunkie Active Member

    Posts: 2,314
    Grand Coulee, WA
    Ratings: +1,263 / 0
    That's way cool!!
    formerguide likes this.
  5. Brian Thomas Active Member

    Posts: 801
    Kamloops B.C
    Ratings: +120 / 0
    This is great stuff . The smile says it all .
    I look forward to reading about the further adventures of Calvin .
    formerguide likes this.
  6. Richard Olmstead BigDog

    Posts: 2,485
    Seattle, WA
    Ratings: +786 / 0
    That's tremendous. Nothing 'former' about your guiding abilities!
    formerguide likes this.
  7. orangeradish Bobo approved

    Posts: 2,461
    Capital City
    Ratings: +484 / 0
    Good stuff, man.
    formerguide likes this.
  8. David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

    Posts: 1,904
    Walla Walla, WA
    Ratings: +737 / 0
    Those fish are Hogs. Nice work little man!
    formerguide likes this.
  9. muknuk Member

    Posts: 56
    King Salmon, Alaska, USA.
    Ratings: +46 / 0
    Thanks for sharing. He is one lucky guy.
    formerguide likes this.
  10. Kenneth Yong Member

    Posts: 172
    Rome, Italy
    Ratings: +110 / 0
    Dan, you have every reason to be proud. Way to go, Calvin, and nice fish! I would also like to wish him all the very best, hopefully one day the seizures will be a thing of the past. In the meantime, he's having quality time with his dad, and that really counts for something.

    Thanks for sharing,
    formerguide likes this.
  11. Trapper Badovinac Author, Writer, Photographer

    Posts: 444
    Helena, Montana
    Ratings: +589 / 0
    Truly a great and heart warming story-pictoral. Thanks for putting a smile on my face and reminding me of what life is really all about . . .

    formerguide likes this.
  12. Patrick Gould Active Member

    Posts: 2,356
    Ellensburg, WA
    Ratings: +688 / 1
    Thanks Dan. Looks like he inherited some of his dads ability. :)
    formerguide likes this.
  13. ribka Active Member

    Posts: 1,419
    E WA
    Ratings: +164 / 0
    That trout is as long as his
    formerguide likes this.
  14. Mark Mercer Member

    Posts: 1,135
    port orchard, wa
    Ratings: +502 / 0
    That was fun, I can remember those day's with my kids.....Wish I had videos of them. Thanks Dan, for bringing us all back to whats really important. Great photos too!
    formerguide likes this.
  15. GAT Active Member

    Posts: 3,992
    Willamette Valley, OR
    Ratings: +2,561 / 0
    Great day indeed!
    formerguide likes this.
  16. Don Freeman Freeman

    Posts: 1,252
    Olympia, WA
    Ratings: +204 / 0
    There's another kid friendly trout pond more up in your neighborhood. I know that Anil has taken his son there, so you might find out more about it from him. I remember that when my kids were little, their attention span was shorter than the trout, so taking them where there's plenty of fish makes it fun and builds confidence. You're a good dad.
    formerguide likes this.
  17. papafsh Piscatorial predilection

    Posts: 2,223
    Camano Island, WA, USA.
    Ratings: +62 / 0
    As a father, grandfather, and great-grandfather I know how precious and fleeting those moments are. Those pic's and video should put a smile on anyones face.
    Thanks for letting us share your special moments, Dan. Calvin is truly a 1st class fly fisher.

    Steve Call and formerguide like this.
  18. Nick Clayton Active Member

    Posts: 2,849
    Ratings: +1,125 / 4
    Awesome. Just awesome.
    formerguide likes this.
  19. wadin' boot Donny, you're out of your element...

    Posts: 2,013
    Wallingford, WA
    Ratings: +1,555 / 0
    Cool- does Calvin bust out laughing when he hooks one? My boy Jack has the full on belly laugh when he hooks them, it is hilarious.
    formerguide likes this.
  20. Shad Active Member

    Posts: 83
    Elma, WA
    Ratings: +60 / 0
    Awesome! Many happy returns!
    formerguide likes this.