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Papa, can we catch one that isn't slimy?

by David Noll
(Lake City, Mn)

Alison casting

Alison casting

Earlier this week my wife Mary and I took our 6 year old granddaughter, Alison, camping with us in the Wisconsin Driftless area. I brought along a Shimotsuke Gen 240 rod for her to fish with. Alison ended up catching 4 trout with Papa's help.(hook set and landing) She would cast and and after getting help setting the hook I would hand the rod to her. That worked up until the fish would jump out of the water which would elicit a scream and I would get the rod back. After the 3rd fish Alison asked if we could catch one that wasn't slimy. She is now totally hooked on trout fishing.

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Jun 11, 2020
The Best
by: Alan Luecke

I caught a big fish last week, but nothing beats hanging out with the little ones.

Jun 15, 2020
Building the future
by: Les Albjerg

Awesome - We need to raise up a new generation of people who fish so our sport will continue. Much better than a video game. One of my most precious memories is my daughter catching her first fish when she was about that age. She is a fine fisherwomen now!

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