Saturday, April 6, 2019

Who Started You Fishing

I have often said that I've never been bored one minute since I retired. I am so thankful my Dad taught me and my brothers how to fish and hunt at an early age. Most individuals who fish or hunt all started as youngsters. I often wonder why some of my friends, neighbors or other retirees don't fish. The answer could be the parents weren't interested in fishing so the children never developed an interest. Most children become involved in what the parents is interested in when growing up. That could be hunting, fishing, sports, or any other activity. I know my two grandsons are interested in motorcycles because of their Dad's interest in riding motorcycles. They are also interested in fly fishing because their Dad and Pops fly fish, so you see the comparison.
I have taught numerous individuals how to fish using casting gear or ultralight gear in my lifetime. Those individuals were all adults. I even taught a few how to fly fish in the short 12 years I've been casting the fly rod. All these individuals had never fished before and are still fishing today. One doesn't have to spend a great deal of money on fishing equipment to catch fish. Live bait paired with a spin-cast or spinning reel will get results on almost all water in the U.S. Live bait such as crickets, grasshoppers, and redworms started many of us on our fishing journey. Hopefully, that journey will continue for all of us for many years to come.
Most of you know that I like woodworking not as much as fishing but a close second. The love of woodworking steered me towards becoming an Industrial Teacher. I spent 35 years in the teaching profession before I retired in 2008. I really enjoyed teaching Industrial Arts because I came in contact with some great students who were interested in building small pieces of furniture to larger pieces such as gun cabinets, tables, and desks. I seldom encountered problem students in those 35 years of teaching, because they enjoyed the class as much as I did teaching them. 


  1. I was lucky to grow up fishing, hunting, and all things outdoors. I believed everyone did and I could never understand the kids in school who didn't know what I was talking about. ---- Nice looking shop you have there. Give me a small block of wood and ten minutes and I could have it looking like mine, which you don't want. Just ask my wife!

  2. My Dad was the teacher when it came to fishing. I just wish I'd had time to spend fishing with him as an adult. He passed away when I was only 21.
    As for the workshop, I only wish my garage looked that neat and clean.

  3. Al
    I had friends in school who never fished or hunted. I often wondered what they did with their spare time since our school was located out in a rural area. In other words no golf course or country club to participate in.There were only a couple of boys in my high school class that fished or hunted. Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the comment

  4. Mark
    You was lucky to have a Dad who taught you the fishing skills you process today. Sorry you didn't have more time with him.
    As for organization of the shop----one of the courses I had to take while working on my degree in Industrial Arts was shop management. The core of the course was learning how to organize tools, machines, lumber, paints, stains, finishes, work area, space management and clean-up---this class paid off for me!!! Thanks for the comment

  5. Bill I think I was the person that started myself in the world of fishing. As a kid the friends I played with all like fishing. There were many influences over the years.

  6. Alan
    You was lucky to have friends to fish with who love the sport as much as you did. Another plus was all the exceptional streams you had and have access there. Thanks for sharing

  7. Bill,

    Great shop. My dad started me on the journey in the field. The best gift he ever gave me.

  8. Ralph
    Fishing was in your family, supports the reason why you fish today. I wonder if I would be fishing today if my Dad hadn't introduced me to the sports years ago. Thanks for the comment