As we have been posting the deadline is tomorrow for your comments on the TVA site if you have not done so please do or add more comments.
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Today I am not gong to quote numbers and facts but real life feelings from this weekend. Saturday, the Clinch River Chapter Trout Unlimited held our annual Kid's Fish Free in conjunction with TWRA and TVA. This is a big event we hold at the Miller's Island Ramp where children and their families can enjoy a day on the river, with fishing either spinners or fly, learning to tie flys, learning about the river and of course take boat rides in drift boats and small boats with a TU member, where they can try their luck on the water.
This event is the very defintion of what the trout stocking program does for these tailwater rivers. We see families who return each year for this day, and interact with our TU members and have a day of fun fishing, a free cookout, and prizes provided by TU. Most importantly we see families introduced, some for the first time to the world of fishing and the joy of outdoor life. In a world of 3 minute music videos, and Xbox games of explosions and mayhem, it is amazing to see a child slow down and actually enjoy the sport of fishing and all it brings. We literally can see the transformation as the families launch from the boat area or wade in the water with our TU members as they fish and drop behind the frantic pace of deadlines and commitments. The Clinch must look like the mighty Mississippi to a child as they take that first boat ride and lo and behold catch that first trout. When they take that first picture holding a living fish in their hands, no video game can duplicate that feeling or sense of joy.
Will they go on to be outdoors men or women, will their families continue on the path to enjoying the sport, whose to say. What is certain in a world of budget cuts for schools whether the elimination of band programs, athletics and theater this one day gives families a way to spend time together with only the cost of getting there incurred. The one known fact is; it is a day a child will never forget as they spend time on the water with their family and friends. Will that young person go on to a professional guide, a scientist discovering a new anwser to an decades old problem, a conservationist protecting a mountain stream, or as most of us a lover of the sport and outdoors.
Take a minute of your time, send your comments, your minute may affect the future years of the next generation.
Last edited by bigsur; 06-09-2014 at 04:12 PM.
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