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Friday, October 22, 2010

School's in on the joys of fishing.....


Grandson Bailey made the papers, now he can read it on Nana's blog.  
Congratulations Bailey!

The following from The Weekly Times, Melbourne, 20 October, by fishing writer, Steve Cooper.

Stocking small lakes as part of the school holiday fishing promotion is working well for Fisheries Victoria.  Anyone who doubts the merits of creating put-and-take fisheries for young anglers to experience the joys of fishing should have a chat with Eildon fly-fishing guru, Mick Hall.

During the recent holidays, Mick had his grandson, Bailey Degenhardt, staying and he wanted to go fishing.  Fishing with Mick isn't a straightforward affair.  Not only is the chosen method fly fishing, you also have to tie your own fly, in this case one of Mick's 'Scruffy' flies.

When the fly was tied to Mick's satisfaction, he took Bailey to a little artificial lake in the middle of Marysville, which Fisheries had stocked with advanced yearling trout for the school holidays.

Mick said, "The lake was clearer than most other waters in the district, Bailey threaded up his fly rod, I tied on his Scruffy and he did the rest. "In all he caught, landed and released seven rainbow trout in less than an hour."  

And that is why Victorian Fisheries stocks small waters with trout for the holidays.

9 comments:

alaine@éclectique said...

I don't expect any comments as I did a similar post recently. This is just for Bailey; he took the newspaper article to school and got ribbed by his 9yo classmates but a "well done, Bailey" from the teachers. Another one for the scrapbook, Bailey!

Wanda..... said...

It's nice that Bailey and his grandfather can participate in their shared interest, close to home and easily.

Derrick said...

Well done, Bailey! I didn't have the patience for fishing at his age; still don't!

Marion Williams-Bennett said...

I have a comment!

I love the idea of teaching kids to fish, and the whole ritual of fishing - tying on your own fly, casting off, the waiting. Patience. Kids today seem to move so fast, and always have some screen near them. Fishing is such a welcome break from that!

alaine@éclectique said...

Wanda...Many rivers and little streams within our reach here in the country but, unfortunately, we only have Bailey's presence a couple of days each school holidays as he has two brothers and other sporting interests that keep him at home, down in suburbia. At least his interests are diverse, with basketball, football and now, fishing.

alaine@éclectique said...

Derrick...me too; I tried spin fishing once but it was so repetitive and boring that I curled up on the bank with a book! Perhaps if I'd caught something first cast I would have been hooked!

alaine@éclectique said...

Marion...my daughter and son-in-law have always endeavoured to get the three boys out of the house, playing sport. The eldest it was go-karts, the second one, football and golf and he loved fishing for a while, now Bailey with football, basketball and a bit of fishing. I think fishing is something they'll go back to. Yes, patience is the essence.

Betsy said...

oooh...but we WANT to comment! He's a handsome guy! And how fun to be in the newspaper!

alaine@éclectique said...

Betsy...thank you! I'll tell him you said that...boy, he's walking on air this week!