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Fishing With Kids - Gyotaku

by Kristine

Smallmouth Bass basic ink print

Smallmouth Bass basic ink print

I fish with my 9 year old niece quite often. She enjoys making Japanese Fish Prints(Gyotaku) from special fish she has caught. There are plenty of DIY videos available. Here are a few tips. Rough scaled fish are the easiest to print. Use non-toxic ink or paint. After the ink or paint has dried you can color them with colored pencils or watercolor. Have fun!! And bring lots of paper towels and hand wipes.

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Nov 24, 2019
by: Herb S.

Your niece is a lucky girl, Kristine. She’ll always have the memories – and in prints no less – of your kindness. You have a buddy and special relationship for life.

The year after my folks bought a small cottage on a lake the neighbor, Mr. Anderson (I never knew his first name) called me over to his dock and showed me an odd looking rod with a thick line. It was a fly rod and after a short demonstration and some instruction he let me cast it and catch bluegills off his dock for a half hour. I was hooked and ran right out and bought a cheap outfit with my hoarded allowance for snow shoveling and leaf raking. That was 60 years ago when I was twelve and I’ve always been grateful.

Happy fishing,

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