View Full Version : The Next Generation

12-31-2008, 03:01 PM
After reading the fishing report today, I got to thinking about the next generation. My son is 13 and there are a lot of distractions in his life and like so many other kids he's pulled in a lot of directions. But even so, he does like to fish with dad.

Without further discussion, please meet the next generation of fishermen:


01-02-2009, 08:31 AM

I appreciate the heck out of you taking your son along with you. As I grew up (in the 80's), I never knew how rare it was that a) a father still hunted and fished regularly, and b) he'd take his kids with him. My dad got my brother and I into some of the most amazing hunting and fishing opportunities available in the upper midwest and Canada. I guess I thought every kid got to chase 20lb lake trout and 500,000+ flocks of Bluebills. I really did take it for granted until I had to start doing it on my own.

My dad wasn't a fly fisherman (he still talks about me catching "laker bait"), but he did give me an appreciation for the outdoors that took a while to bloom (until my mid 20's, anyway). Reading Byron's fishing report, I have to disagree a bit (and likely ruffle a bunch of feathers in the process). We will still have "enviro-people", but they're likely to be the wrong ones. IMHO, the right kind of environmentalists grow up with an appreciation for the outdoors, and an understanding that there has to be a balance - between resource utilization and preservation. Unfortunately, many current (and future) environmentalists lack a sense of balance.

01-02-2009, 11:35 PM
No ruffled feathers here. I agree, that through much of our history, hunters and fishermen have been recgonized as the environmentalists.ast twenty years or so, the animal rights movement and "tree huggers" have slowly spread their agenda through modern society and painted us as the bad guys. I think one would have to look far and wide to find a group more concerned about the environment and who have a stronger desire to preserve beautiful places than hunters and fishermen.

I also find it sad that the "extreme sports" mentality has crept into our sports. The "fish counting" and "excitement junkie" atmosphere also troubles me. I try very hard to teach my son to enjoy a day in the field or on the water for what it is, which is a chance to get out in a beautiful place and seek the pure joy of just being there. If we catch a few fish along the way, that makes it even better. But if we don't catch a single fish, we still have a good time just enjoying a mountain stream or a day on the lake.

My dad wasn't a fisherman or hunter but he knew that I enjoyed thest things and would go with me. There is nothing in this life that I enjoy more than spending a day fishing with my boy.

We're planning a trip out to Oregon this spring to fish and visit a freind this year.

I just don't understand why more fathers don't fish with their sons and daughters. I can't think of anything more rewarding.

Thanks for the kind words and thoughts.