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

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  1. formerguide

    formerguide Active Member

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    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.

    Dan

    Woke up to this view
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    Found this guy on my bedroom window, figured it had to be a sign
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    First fish on the Gecko!
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    Another handsome fish
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    He couldn't even pick this up.
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    Taking a nap in the tent between fishes
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    Here's the video of my fly fishing savant. 6 years old...

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    Dan
     
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  2. golfman44

    golfman44 4-Time Puget Sound Steelhead Guide of the Year

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    Man that's awesome. He would out fish me any day.
     
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  3. Upton O

    Upton O Blind hog fisherman

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    Great report, well done.
     
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  4. triploidjunkie

    triploidjunkie Active Member

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    That's way cool!!
     
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  5. Brian Thomas

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    This is great stuff . The smile says it all .
    I look forward to reading about the further adventures of Calvin .
     
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  6. Richard Olmstead

    Richard Olmstead BigDog

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    That's tremendous. Nothing 'former' about your guiding abilities!
    Dick
     
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  7. orangeradish

    orangeradish 1/2 an Ira

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    Good stuff, man.
     
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  8. David Dalan

    David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    Those fish are Hogs. Nice work little man!
     
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    Thanks for sharing. He is one lucky guy.
     
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  10. Kenneth Yong

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    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,
    Kenneth
     
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  11. Trapper Badovinac

    Trapper Badovinac Author, Writer, Photographer

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    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 . . .

    Trapper
     
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  12. Patrick Gould

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    Thanks Dan. Looks like he inherited some of his dads ability. :)
     
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  13. ribka

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    That trout is as long as his
    Leg!
     
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  14. Mark Mercer

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    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!
     
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    Great day indeed!
     
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