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January marked 7 years since my farther suddenly passed away at the age of 46. He was at his vise tying flies and he told my sister he was having chest pains, so they went to the hospital. I still have the very fly he was tying in the center console of my SUV as a matter of fact.
I was in college at the time at Mansfield University- student teaching in Wellsboro.

I have tried to fly fish a handful of times since he has passed away and just couldn't do it. It was the one thing that we did together every free moment we had.
The memories of getting my first fly rod at age 16 and my father heckle me every time I would miss a rising trout, to "whoever catches the first fish doesn't have to drive home" on Penns during the green drake hatch.

We fished everywhere from Penns Creek, (my favorite) Big Fishing Creek, the Little Lehigh, Big Pine Creek the Delaware River, Elk creek and Walnut creek for Steelhead and some other local streams.

My dad was never graceful in anything he did. At 6'4 and 250 lbs, he often waded through the water more like a bear. I can still see him falling into Pine creek near Darling Run and the both of us laughing.
I'm still not sure how those hands ever tied a size 20 trico. He build a few fly rods that I will never part with and plan on passing to my two sons when my time is up.

Anyways, this year I'm determined to get back into it. I know it's not going to be easy but I really want to do it.
It has been at least 6 years since any of the rods have been used. I'm assuming I'll have to get new tippet and other odds and ends. I'm excited to go through all the gear and get back into it.

I recently refinished my "man cave" and plan on setting up the fly tying station once again.

Thanks for listening to my rambling and I hope to post some pictures of some flies in the next few days along with some trout in the upcoming months.

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-09-2014, 10:50 PM
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Sorry to hear about your father, sounds like you guys had some great times.....good luck getting back out there, if ur looking for someone to fish with the board is pretty friendly...looking forward to ur flies and trips
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I know what you are talking about..get back on the horse bro
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Cool! And any story about ones father I would never consider rambling. Nice story , and good luck tying and fishing!

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Awesome story, glad you're getting back out there.
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He will be with you everytime you fish. Glad you are getting back at it, I am sure that is what he would want. And besides, you don't want to be rusty when your boys are going to learn right.

Good luck in your ventures, and hope you catch a big one on the first time out!

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like bowmike said he will be with you. my grandfather showed me how to fly fish. when he passed i laminated his lifetime fishing licence and it's with me everytime i go fishing.
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Looks like your dad is still with you in your fly fishing desire.

Sorry for the loss of your dad so soon, pass the outdoor heritage onto your sons. You have a lot of good adventures with them coming. Don't miss one minute of it, as they gow up fast.

Gold Bless!

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It will be hard, but I guarantee your dad would want you out there fly fishing.


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I too lost my father early just as I was graduating college. He lived for deer hunting and not a season has gone by that I don't think of him. I made sure I showed his two grandsons the wonders of the outdoors and their getting ready to pass it on to their children.

Get yourself back on the water and enjoy what you and your father used to do together. Make sure you get your boys involved at an early age. You'll never regret it!

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