Thank You Dad

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Rummaging through my computer files looking for a photograph for an upcoming post today, I ran across this photo of my Dad and I. It’s at least five years old and taken about this time of year come to think of it. That day we had a great time fly fishing together, but it started off rough, since Dad kept setting the hook like Bill Dance. I think we broke off five trout before we brought the first fish to net. It’s the only time in my life I can recall hearing tippet making a bull whip snapping sound as it broke. Granted it was the first time my Dad had fly fished for trout that I know of, so I really can’t blame him for what happened. Apparently, I didn’t spend enough pre-fishing instruction on proper hook setting technique before we hit the water. Then again, I don’t know if it would have mattered, since Dad is much more accustom to fishing 14 pound test and dragging a 1/2 ounce weight in front of a plastic worm.

If my memory stands correct, I finally had to grab the fly rod from his hand and have him watch me set the hook on a trout before he finally got in a groove. If you asked him though, he’d chuckle, and tell you I’m blowing things way out of proportion. What Dad doesn’t know is I’m grateful for his cold start that day. By him breaking off all those fish in a row, it has left me with a permanent memory I’ll never forget. One that I can focus and grab onto if I ever feel the need to relive that moment in time with him again. It’s funny how it’s not always the big fish catches that create the long lasting memories for us. It’s often the odd-ball shenanigans while fishing that leave us with memories burned into our mind. It’s a real shame Dad doesn’t pick up a fly rod more often, because he happens to be a great fly caster. He’s better than most of my clients. There’s no doubt in my mind, he’s where I get my angling skills.

Despite my Dad being a huge outdoorsman, we actually don’t get together to enjoy the outdoors nearly as much as you’d think. His dedication to work, golf, hunting, grandparent duties and our distance apart, makes it tough for us to schedule fishing trips. It’s kind of ironic though, since he loves the outdoors and I ended up being a fishing guide. That being said, I owe a great deal of my success to my Father. He stressed to me at a very young age to always show up to work everyday prepared and not only on time, but early. He told me to surround myself with talent so I could learn how to be the best in my profession, and he told me to always take pride in my work, and that would ensure my best work would come out. Thanks Dad, without your advice and support I would have had to hang up being a guide a very long time ago.

What do you say about setting up a fishing trip after the new year? I’m itchin to hear that bull whip. Love you.

Keep it Reel,

Come fish with us in the Bahamas!

Kent Klewein
Gink & Gasoline
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10 thoughts on “Thank You Dad

  1. I didn’t do much fishing with my day. We played a lot of golf though. Thanks for sharing the memories and bring back some of our own.
    Merry Christmas

  2. I took my dad fly fishing for trout for the first time this past Father’s Day. Like you, my father and I don’t get to spend a whole lot of time enjoying days like this, despite our love for hunting and fishing. Now we both have family responsibilities and conflicting work schedules making it hard to get together and do the things we did when I was a kid. That day was special though, and well worth the wait. We both had a blast, but the thing that got me was how excited my dad was at the end of the day. There was a learning curve, but he caught on pretty quick and caught several nice rainbows. On the way back home we were already planning a second trip back, but this time for 2 days. “I think I could really get good at this and enjoy it”, he said. Definitely a memorable day for the both of us.

  3. Fished with my father from the age of three on but his pleasure was always in baiting the hook and eating what he caught. I could never get him interested in throwing feathers. But the pleasure of sitting by a river or on the ocean’s shore has remained deep within me. He fished until he was 92. I hope to do better. Thanks for bringing back the memories.

  4. Kent,
    fishing with Angelo, my father, was a lifelong affair.
    Angelo was a great fisherman with a keen eye and my dearest memories of him are back in latest 90 when,
    sick for a serious rheumatic disease, follow Sandro
    (my closest fishing buddy) and me in our trips to Austria
    spotting trouts and graylings for both of us.
    He was so passionate about fishing! Unable to fish himself, we’ve been is medium of connection with the water and the fishes to whom he was intensely linked.
    Thank you for bringing back memories!
    Take that man to the water guy! Every minute passed there together is pure gold…
    Best wishes, Aldo

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