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Fishing with kids and Afghanistan
Just read a post where people were talking about how great it is to fish with their kids. Today I spent some time with my son who just returned from his fifth tour of Afghanistan. He was wearing a cap with a mosquito-pattern fly stuck in the bill. He told me he had recently fished a small lake and caught nothing until he tied on a little green wet fly and landed trout after trout until he lost his bubble, casting it clear across the lake.

Talking about that brought back a flood of memories. I can't decide which was best: the day two sons and one daughter pulled in big cutthroat on every cast ( they were so little that I had to cast the Spin-A-lure for them) on the Yellowstone or the quiet and peaceful days we spent catching little brookies out of beaver ponds.

Anyway, my son's tour in Afghanistan was typical for what the Special Forces units do there. Without getting too specific, they saw a plenty of action with lots of casualties (mostly of the other side, but not all). He was injured in the legs by shrapnel from a grenade and received a Purple Star and other awards. He said the tours are like going to hunting camp for six months.

Please forgive an old man for sharing this non-fishing stuff. I just hope that more people will realize that we are still fighting a very active war around the world and keep our troops in their hearts and prayers. And treasure every minute you spend with your kids because someday they will be off somewhere saving the world and you won't be able to fish with them.

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"I fish because I love to; because I love the environs where trout are found; because trout do not lie or cheat and cannot be bought or bribed or impressed by power, but respond only to quietude and humility and endless patience...because only in the woods can I find solitude without lonliness..." Robert Traver
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Making memories is an everyday ordeal with my kids. They are still young but in their own way they save me everyday by keeping me going. To kids like yours that are physically fighting for us I say thank you for your sacrifice and thank them for their sacrifice.
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Great post and we definitely appreciate your son's efforts. You're right it's easy to forget that too many of our nations sons and daughters are still serving with their lives on the line. Seems our media likes to focus on scandal and agendas and forget about the ongoing conflict and sacrifice. If half their BS on trying to sway public opinion was changed to real news the world would be a better place and I may even watch the news again. Ok probably not cause I'd rather go fishing than waste my time with their dribble. But I do admire your son and am grateful we have men like him that can carry out those missions. Best of luck to you as you help him unwind and get back into regular life. Hope you get lots of fishen trips in before he's too busy again. Later J
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Thank you for the kind words. He may retire before too long. His permanent residence is Alaska so I may have to force myself to go up and do some hunting and fishing with him. I guess it's never too late to make some memories with your kids.

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"I fish because I love to; because I love the environs where trout are found; because trout do not lie or cheat and cannot be bought or bribed or impressed by power, but respond only to quietude and humility and endless patience...because only in the woods can I find solitude without lonliness..." Robert Traver
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Sounds like a great spot to unwind and like they say it's not too late till the worms are eating you... Hope you get some time to go experience that wonderful country... We did a float trip down the clear creek out of Cheletna Lake... It was a four or five day float with each section full of different fun and adventures... Those long ole days were wonderful... Had a couple days my arms were so sore at night I could hardly pull in another fish... I know a lot of those days were over a hundred fish days and most fish were over 7 to 8 lbs... One King was my biggest fish ever, it was 30 plus pounds and I foul hooked it in the top fin and then it took off into the current... I ran down the river a couple blocks till I could finally fight it into the slack water enough to land it... Great times... Hope you get some with your son... Later J
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 Amen brother! I thank your son and your family for his service and your sacrifices. Every day I spend in the woods or on the water I think of my brothers in arms and silently thank them all for my ability to do what I do like no other place on earth!


"Sunrise is always best on the water."
Todd Hall
Utah Disabled Veterans Fishing Foundation ><((((º>
Director
Anything Wet Fishing Team
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Well said, CatchinOn....as a (fairly) recent military retiree, and (not so recent) Nam vet, your words brought back floods of old memories, from good to bad, uplifting to pathetic, rewarding days to boring days, calm days and scare hell out of you days.....just 'normal' when you're serving your country, whether Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, or Coast Guard........Thanks to guys like you, we still have sons and daughters who can take a different route, and take time out of their lives to serve our country....so tks to you (and Mom) for instilling those values......and be grateful it isn't taking 30 or 40 years for your country or community to sincerely appreciate what he's done.....I appreciate what he's done, and wish him many successful days afield, or on the water, and whether it's here in Utah, or you with him up in Alaska.....well done..... and Guluk....
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God bless your son and a huge thank you!! God bless America!!