Thursday, January 31, 2013

Some Thoughts on Raising a Fisherman

I could go into great depth about growing up and maturing as a fisherman considering I've been a die hard angler since around age five , but I won't do that here. Instead , I'd like to say a few words about my own experience with my son. The little man had his own rod and reel by age three , and by age six was using a baitcaster for Stripers.

Probably the most important thing I've done to encourage his love of the outdoors , was to let him go at his own pace rather than force him to go at mine. Making him go with me when he didn't want to would have surely turned him against fishing. It's always a good idea to let young anglers set the pace and dictate the length of fishing trips. Kids have short attention spans. Have I been guilty of using worms , bugs , and plants found near the water to distract him so that I could eek out a few more casts? Yes I have , but in my defense it has often led to long conversations about nature , and eventually his return to fishing on the day in question. Keeping things simple is a big help.

As of today , he has caught somewhere around 15 different species of fish , which is quite a an accomplishment before you've lived for a decade. He loves to look at the fish and point out differences and similarities between species , and it has opened up a way for me to discuss the importance of catch and release for some species and other aspects of conservation. No matter how quickly he tires of fishing , I always enjoy taking him and being able to spend time doing what I love with my favorite fishing buddy. I can only hope that he will have fond memories of our time on the water as he gets older. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.

This pleases the Captain.
I've never made New Year's resolutions , but I've made one this year to get my young fisherman , and myself back on the water. He has a younger sister that is starting to catch the bug , and I can only hope she has as much fun as we do!

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Beautiful Morning in the Appalachians

If only for a short while.
Good with coffee.
A River of Fog.

The Spillway at Bluestone Dam.
Have a great week!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Cryptic , Possibly Terrifying , Tweets from @vtbasser

The evidence :

First , I thought " Who is what's up , and just how do I know them?"...

Then it hit me. I've been down this road before during his first attempt on my life...

I don't know what kinds of plans the madman has hatched over Christmas break , but apparently they include some of the hand poured jigs I gave him. I rest easy for now , knowing he is in the vast ,  frozen North , but I remain on guard for his diabolical brand of fishing treachery.

Your move , Mr. Basser.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Swift Water Firefighting

What the? Oddly enough , I think this guy has blown by me on the lake a few times. Maybe I should rethink the flames on the side of the boat?

Happy New Year!