Fishing Ancestry

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by freestoneangler, Aug 31, 2013.

  1. Tim Lockhart

    Tim Lockhart Active Member

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    My Uncle Cookie was a fanatical lake fisher down in California for many years. He was gifted as an actor but the water was even more of a passion, so he spent most of his time tying flies and chasing trout. His wife, Peg, was my mom's aunt so mom had lots of memories from time with them in the mountains. I usually hung out with them at my grandparents' and once watched Cookie film a picture, but never had the chance to fish since I came into the world a little too late. Where it came my way was through my mom. She and my stepdad bought a cabin on Lk Tanwax in the 70's where she taught my brother and me to fish. We heard a lot of the stories about Cookie as my mom had so many good memories and I could tell she wanted to pass that legacy on to us. I enjoy all types of fishing in any kind of water, but lake fishing for trout was the start of it and tends to hold more meaning for me than anything else.
     
  2. Jason Hoffman

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    I had this conversation with my parents last year when I mentioned to them that I had begun fly tying. My dad tied his first fly at age 11, 72 years ago. Turns out both my grandfathers were active fly fishermen and fly tiers. The legacy continues...
     
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    My family played golf on all our vacations and gatherings. Although we camped often, running water and toilets were always available. So I thought being out doors was a KOA and a golf course. When my wife was pregnant with my oldest she thought it would be a good idea for her brother and I to bond. My wife talked him into taking me fishing one day. That was the beginning of the so called addiction. Shortly after that I was at a family gathering and mentioned to my uncle I started fishing with my brother-in-law. That is when I received my first fly rod. Living so close to Mt. Hood I had lots of water to fish and soon found the beloved Deschutes. It was my second or third trip to the deschutes with my brother-in-law, who had started fly fishing the same time I did, when we meet my uncles on the river by accident. That single day changed the game for us. They took an entire day and showed us how to nymph fish and read water. Although it takes time spent to be good at a craft, it was a good introduction into fly fishing and 9 years later is still going strong. Now I'm the fishing Dad teaching my boys....
     
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  4. Itchy Dog

    Itchy Dog Some call me Kirk Werner

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    GAT Dumbfounded

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    "Pfleuger"??? Someone sure couldn't make up their minds when they came up with that name :) It's weird, yesterday I was cleaning out my fishing cabinet and tossing stuff I never use or is just flat crap and I found my old Pfleger reel. I decided to keep it for old times sake... same reason I keep my original Thompson A vise.
     
  6. Roper

    Roper Idiot Savant

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    Patriarch Patrick McLaughlin brought his wife and children here from Ireland in 1850. My Dad's side is the fishing side of the family, they settled in the Finger Lakes and farmed and fished. Being good Catholic's you need a supply of fish for Friday's...:) I have some of Dad's old grass and glass rods still and reels too...Pfleugers...:rolleyes:
     
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  7. Brian White

    Brian White Recovering Bugmeister

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    My great grandfather brought one branch of my family tree over from Germany in 1902 or 1904. He apparently fly fished (so I have to assume it goes back at least into the 19th century), and taught my grandfather to fly fish in Minnesota in the early 20th century. My Grandpa fished his entire life. After serving in WWI, he and his brothers went on a fly fishing trip for several years that took them across the midwest, through the rockies, the NW and then down through California. They would apparently fish, then get jobs when they got low on money, then move on to the next fishing spot....

    At any rate, my Granpda went to college some time after that, later married my (much younger) grandma and taught her to fly fish, settled down and had kids. They in turn taught my mom and my uncle. They took my mom and uncle through Montana, Alaska, etc on fishing trips. My mom and uncle have some really cool old fishing pics of them and my grandparents.

    My grandpa died when I was 6 but I still remember watching him fish. He could roll-cast a mile, even when chucking a weighted wooly bugger. My family bought some fishing property in MT in the 1970s and my grandparents used to go up to the property with us.

    My uncle starting teaching me when I was really young. I in turn am beginning the process of teaching my daughter.

    My great grandfather and grandfather apparently gear-fished as well, so I guess I come from a long line of equal opportunity fishing folks when it comes to my mom's side. My dad's side of the family are saltwater focused gear-fishermen who just dabble in fly fishing. Maybe my parents were destined to divorce :)
     
  8. Itchy Dog

    Itchy Dog Some call me Kirk Werner

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    That is some impressive angling ancestry, Brian. Your gramps may have been the first trout bum.
     
  9. Jslo

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    I guess I'll chime in...I'm told by my parents I'm predominantly English/Dutch. I can trace my ancestors back to Hingham, Mass. in about 1680! Crazy. So who knows, I'm kind of an American melting pot mutt I presume.

    Interestingly enough, my grandfather was an avid fly fisherman. My dad often tells stories of fishing with HIS dad, but my dad himself is not really a fishermen per se. But having said that, I had him out on the river recently- it was his first time fly fishing in 20 years. He can still cast a tight line! I suppose it's like riding a bike? So maybe it's a recessive gene. My grandfather had it, my dad enjoys it, but then I got the addictive fly fishing gene? lol.
     
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