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Even today’s digitalized kids will enjoy fishing

Down on the Farm
Outdoors Notebook

Back about 20 plus years ago I did a column on modern society, the advances we had achieved and the hi-tech path we had set out upon with the Wizard of Gigabyte himself. My question was about the distraction of young minds into a toy box filled with the unknown sophisticated gadgetry of modern day living. The mind boggles at what another 20 years will bring to our doorstep from the world of virtual reality and cloud sharing to push us on our way into the unknown world of computer domination. The silicone chip hopefully will not reign over our lives anymore than it already does.

My thoughts for this time of the year most likely turn to matters of a piscatorial nature – fishing to a novice – and how to benefit from this great escape into a slower lane of life. Last column I dealt with the story of a young lady determined to shred the gender barrier and engage in fly-fishing. This time we’ll take a peek at leaving no fisherperson behind to fall victim to the technology that is consuming us more and more with each passing month. ...

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Back about 20 plus years ago I did a column on modern society, the advances we had achieved and the hi-tech path we had set out upon with the Wizard of Gigabyte himself. My question was about the distraction of young minds into a toy box filled with the unknown sophisticated gadgetry of modern day living. The mind boggles at what another 20 years will bring to our doorstep from the world of virtual reality and cloud sharing to push us on our way into the unknown world of computer domination. The silicone chip hopefully will not reign over our lives anymore than it already does.

My thoughts for this time of the year most likely turn to matters of a piscatorial nature – fishing to a novice – and how to benefit from this great escape into a slower lane of life. Last column I dealt with the story of a young lady determined to shred the gender barrier and engage in fly-fishing. This time we’ll take a peek at leaving no fisherperson behind to fall victim to the technology that is consuming us more and more with each passing month.

The best place to start is a day filled with warm sunshine ( or even a light summer rain will suffice), a freshly dug can of red wigglers, a simple pole and reel, stout line and the ageless, compulsory red & white bobber. Mix those ingredients together liberally with an eager youngster, a large dollop of love and an extra measure of patience just to hold it all together. Include a sandwich or two, a couple of sodas, and a dozen homemade cookies to share together alongside the quiet bank of a backroad pond and the recipe is complete. A recipe to fill with good times and good fun; real up close and personal time with that special little person or persons who calls you Dad, Mom, Grampy or Nana.

Fishing with your favorite youngster(s) is a simple pastime that can stock the larder to full with shared memories while teaching an appreciation of our natural world surrounding us all (even the gigabytes can’t outdo Mother Nature’s Wonder). Nothing satisfies the soul of a young adventurer, that Huck Finn spirit dwelling within every the veins of every red- blooded American boy and girl, quite like a day of fishing and the discoveries to be found in the surroundings that make up the piscatorial world. The lessons learned with rod and reel go an immeasurable distance in building a foundation of appreciation for the simple things that life has to offer while bringing home the virtues of patience.

If you fish and don’t include your kids in this great escape, you’re missing a unique opportunity to teach while they lose out on valuable parental guidance. It is never too late to save the megabytes and the game box for another day and show that eager progeny how to cast to a shadow or skip a lure under an overhang to get to the big ones lurking out of sight. Next time you pick up the fishing gear be sure that it includes an attachment of little ones to tag alongside asking questions about this, that and the other things they see along the way. The times you share, the togetherness you create, will go a long way towards building that special relationship all parents and grandparents seek to establish with their offspring.

My thoughts for this time of the year most likely turn to matters of a piscatorial nature – fishing to a novice – and how to benefit from this great escape into a slower lane of life. Last column I dealt with the story of a young lady determined to shred the gender barrier and engage in fly-fishing. This time we’ll take a peek at leaving no fisherperson behind to fall victim to the technology that is consuming us more and more with each passing month.

The best place to start is a day filled with warm sunshine ( or even a light summer rain will suffice), a freshly dug can of red wigglers, a simple pole and reel, stout line and the ageless, compulsory red & white bobber. Mix those ingredients together liberally with an eager youngster, a large dollop of love and an extra measure of patience just to hold it all together.

Include a sandwich or two, a couple of sodas, and a dozen homemade cookies to share together alongside the quiet bank of a backroad pond and the recipe is complete. A recipe to fill with good times and good fun; real up close and personal time with that special little person or persons who calls you Dad, Mom, Grampy or Nana.

Fishing with your favorite youngster(s) is a simple pastime that can stock the larder to full with shared memories while teaching an appreciation of our natural world surrounding us all (even the gigabytes can’t outdo Mother Nature’s Wonder). Nothing satisfies the soul of a young adventurer, that Huck Finn spirit dwelling within every the veins of every red- blooded American boy and girl, quite like a day of fishing and the discoveries to be found in the surroundings that make up the piscatorial world. The lessons learned with rod and reel go an immeasurable distance in building a foundation of appreciation for the simple things that life has to offer while bringing home the virtues of patience.

If you fish and don’t include your kids in this great escape, you’re missing a unique opportunity to teach while they lose out on valuable parental guidance. It is never too late to save the megabytes and the game box for another day and show that eager progeny how to cast to a shadow or skip a lure under an overhang to get to the big ones lurking out of sight.

Next time you pick up the fishing gear be sure that it includes an attachment of little ones to tag alongside asking questions about this, that and the other things they see along the way. The times you share, the togetherness you create, will go a long way towards building that special relationship all parents and grandparents seek to establish with their offspring.

Gordon Lewis can be reached at moonglowfarm@gmail.com.