One of the things I like best about growing up in a small town was fishing with my dad.
I’m sure I enjoyed the experience more than he did. Fishing then was simple. Find a worm, push it on a hook, and throw the line in the water and watch the red and white bobber until it turned and was pulled underwater. That meant there was a fish on the line.
It was the waiting part that was hard for me…and my dad.
He demanded I remain silent…and still.
I’m surprised that he never tied me up and gagged me.
But fishing to a kid was exciting. I wondered what fish did all day, where did they go, what else did they eat besides worms, why were a bunch of them called schools?
Then the bobber would go underwater. What a thrill! You’d hooked a fish, now the trick was to get it out of the water. You had to gently turn the reel handle so that you wouldn’t lose the fish, too easy and you would lose it. Too hard and you would lose it. It was a challenge, which is the whole point of fishing. If you were lucky, you landed the fish and got bragging rights, and maybe dinner.
Another challenge to fishing was my favorite part. Casting. To learn how to throw out the line and hit a certain area in the water, without getting the line snagged. When using a bobber it was important that you didn’t throw the line overhand, but sideways.
I became an expert on undoing a snagged line. Dad would have to help me sometimes when I’d throw a line up in a tree. And I was famous for getting a snarled line. For some reason the line would become a tangled mess. I’d play with it until I would finally get the loops and knots out. I learned a lot fishing.
My dad would walk up and down the streambed to find better conditions, but I usually sat in one place. I think that was because he ordered me to stay there. I was making too much noise and chasing the fish away! LOL
What I put that man through.
But I learned a lot and spent quality time with my dad. What could be better than that for a kid?
In my next book, Unconditionally, which will be released next month, fly fishing is a part of the story. I can hardly wait to release this novella. It started out as a screenplay and did well in contests, got a rave review from a major screenwriting guru, and I decided to flesh it out into a novella.
Here is a copy of the cover…