13 Sept, 2011 - The secret to any business is repeat business. Same for guiding. But for guiding it comes with added benefits. First of all, I know my clients and they know me, making us fairly compatible. Standing next to someone, anyone, for 8 hours can be a good experience or a very bad nightmare! I also know what they are capable of doing, as for techniques. From there, I can ramp up a few new wrinkles to the sport and challenge them to improve, making our subsequent trips even more enjoyable and with fewer limitations.
Picking up where we left of from last year’s trip, it was great to fish with Steve and his son Aron! Aron is a very dedicated and focused angler. He’s never frustrated and really wants to take a day on the water and learn from it! What an awesome 12-year old!
But not all of my regulars are kids! Alan has fast become a buddy! We chat when not fishing and he’s really reviving his interest and passion in the sport this year which he vacated in the 80’s. Catching is not what this sport is about for him. It’s about quality time and getting better, and reasoning through lure choices rather than fumbling through lure rotation. We got stuck in a storm and hid out at one of my buddies living on the Potomac Side bar…as a guide you better know a few places you can get out of a storm or find an emergency restroom facility! Alan and I lit up a cigar and waited out the storm under a gazebo on a dock!
On of the most interesting trips I took this summer was with Matt and his Aunt Pat. Seems Pat’s dad - Matt’s granddad - was more than a “father” figure. He was a “fishing” figure! His passion for fishing was passed on to his daughter and his grandson. This trip was dedicated to his memory! Both were very good anglers and really cherished this time together, reflecting on their recent loss of Dad and Granddad. They shared stories and plans to take his old lures with some photos to make memory shadow boxes to remember his passion and the influence he had on their lives. Aunt Pat and Matt were a fishing family, really fishing buddies too!
Once a year, I fish with my friends from the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation. These folks are dedicated to growing our sport! I always look forward to fishing with Stephanie as I work with her throughout the year and have been for a decade! We spend National Fishing and Boating Day at Constitution Gardens in DC to help kids fish! Stephanie brings a guest with her to introduce kids to fishing. Great time!
As I reflect with all Americans on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11, I am reminded of that day as I was on the Potomac across from Reagan National Airport and saw the plane go down…we drove over to the Pentagon. It was a very sad day!
I’ve written a DIY piece on simple but essential repair to fishing rods. The most common rod issue is the tip. Bad tips can cut line resulting in lost fish and lures…learn how easy it is to replace them. Check out the article on BoatUS ANGLER
Coming up in my next BoatUS ANGLER DIY column... making rod sleeves!
Until next time, see you on the water. WEAR a PFD!
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