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#11695812 - 06/29/16 12:40 PM I Never Fish Alone
Lloyd5 Offline

Registered: 06/02/14
Posts: 323
Loc: Bosque County, Texas
I've been going fishing since before I could walk, literally. I was taken on fishing trips as a baby, some sixty three years ago. Fishing has been a passion for all those years. I don't know how many millions of casts I've made, or how many tens of thousands of fish I've caught, but the numbers are way way up there. I've fished with more people than I could possibly count or remember. Family, friends, acquaintances, and strangers.

Most of the best memories I have involve fishing, and I couldn't begin to tell you how many great moments while fishing have turned into cherished memories. Six decades of memories. When I go fishing by myself, I'm never alone anymore. So many ghosts go with me, mostly family, but not all.

Fly fishing memories are mostly of people I've met out on the water, good people every single one of them. I've never met a fly fisherman that was a jerk, not one.

When I go fishing I can feel these ghosts perk up, grab a rod or pole, and join in. My mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, uncles and aunts, a brother, friends. They surround me when I catch a big one, cheer me on when the fishing is slow, laugh with me when I laugh at a fish's aerobatics, and moan with me when the line breaks and a good one gets off.

They remind me of techniques to try that are almost forgotten in the haze that is my mind, tell me to try a different approach or a different bait, or a different spot. They tell me this through memories of having watched them and listened to them. They whisper in my ear through ages long ago gone. These are ghosts I'm comfortable with, happy to have along, enjoy the company of.

They tell me stories while I'm fishing, stories of sitting on the bank eating sweet potato pie and drinking ice tea. Stories of hot summer days and cool shade, of seining for minnows, of old pickup trucks and straw hats.

Stories that flow like a river through my mind while I'm casting and retrieving. When I go fishing I take a small crowd with me, a smiling, happy crowd that are out enjoying the best that life has to offer, right there, right beside me.

I never go fishing alone, and wouldn't want to.

Edited by Lloyd5 (06/29/16 12:42 PM)
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#11695816 - 06/29/16 12:43 PM Re: I Never Fish Alone [Re: Lloyd5]
rrhyne56 Offline

Registered: 02/16/01
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Loc: McKinney TX USA
thank you Lloyd

This is what it's all about in my book.
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#11695837 - 06/29/16 12:55 PM Re: I Never Fish Alone [Re: Lloyd5]
Clouser Offline

Registered: 01/10/16
Posts: 227
That was unbelievable, makes me remember back when, thanks a lot.

#11695923 - 06/29/16 01:34 PM Re: I Never Fish Alone [Re: Lloyd5]
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Loc: Sanger
Spot on Lloyd!

#11695940 - 06/29/16 01:39 PM Re: I Never Fish Alone [Re: Lloyd5]
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Yep. I concur.

#11703205 - 07/03/16 09:37 PM Re: I Never Fish Alone [Re: Lloyd5]
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Awesome post! cheers

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#11703564 - 07/04/16 08:08 AM Re: I Never Fish Alone [Re: Lloyd5]
Lloyd5 Offline

Registered: 06/02/14
Posts: 323
Loc: Bosque County, Texas
Thanks for the comments!

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#11703647 - 07/04/16 09:04 AM Re: I Never Fish Alone [Re: Lloyd5]
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Registered: 02/23/06
Posts: 1064
Loc: Richardson TX
I second your thoughts on fishers past, but my wife does not want me to fish alone, physically, I have to have others around even if they are not with me as partners.

In the beginning God created. Gen. 1:1
All things were made by him and without him was not anything made. John 1:3

#11703680 - 07/04/16 09:37 AM Re: I Never Fish Alone [Re: Lloyd5]
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Loc: Murchison, TX, USA
I hear you Lloyd. good one!-p-

#11703798 - 07/04/16 10:54 AM Re: I Never Fish Alone [Re: Lloyd5]
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Lt. Dan

Registered: 06/19/06
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Loc: Central Texas
Awesome post! I agree, I'm never alone and its a great time to remenice. And yea, my wife hates when I go physically alone as well

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