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Oct 15, 2020 15:54:17   #
4525brickyard Loc: Manlius, New York
 
Ok... how embarrassing...
I go down to the river decked out in a $1,000 worth of flies, fly rod, reel, line, backing, Simms slicker, Compass 360 waders, Orvis wading boots, etc. I catch a fish.....
If you notice , she is spilling roe as I’m holding her... bless her heart, she was ready to spawn.
Standing next to me is a friend I made, we'll call him Lucas, from Massachusetts. He came to the Salmon River with his grandpa, and his dad for a one day trip so that pops could get a couple of fish to put in the freezer. So..... I invited him and his rigged up Zebco 202 to come stand downstream on a big rock and fish with me. I had seen a few fish moving upriver and thought what the hey... I tied on a wooly bugger for him , clamped on a couple of #7 lead sinkers to his, what appeared to be about, 8 lb test line that came on the $14.99 Walmart special. Three drifts later, he hooked this 22 lb male King Salmon. With a little help from his dad and several bystanders to include myself, Lucas landed this fish after about a 20 minute fight.
All I could do is sit there and softly tear up, beaming with pride for the 11 year old kid. He was so humble after catching what may arguably be a record fish on a $6.99 reel. The grandpa got the whole thing on video and I tried to persuade him to send a snippet to Zebco for marketing purposes, to no avail. They were far to humble.
This reinforces the fact that the thousands of dollars I have spent over the years may not have improved my level of expertise or success.
This experience is indelibly burned into his mind, his heart, his soul...
Never to be forgotten.
BTW... I caught my 1st fish on a Zebco 202 in 1965 fishing from the banks of the Neches River in Noonday, Texas.



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Oct 15, 2020 16:05:48   #
Robert J Samples Loc: Houston TX
 
Brickyard 4525: Well, Hoss, think of how you have innoculated that young lad with fishing fever forever! He will never forget how you put him on the spot,with the right "everything" to catch that monster. He will always remember and be beholden to you, his mentor. I suspect he will do the same for many other kids when he is grown. Your influence will be handed down for perhaps centuries and even hundreds of yet unborn kids! Just Sayin....RJS

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Oct 15, 2020 16:10:09   #
FourchonLa. Loc: Fourchon Louisiana, South Louisiana
 
4525brickyard wrote:
Ok... how embarrassing...
I go down to the river decked out in a $1,000 worth of flies, fly rod, reel, line, backing, Simms slicker, Compass 360 waders, Orvis wading boots, etc. I catch a fish.....
If you notice , she is spilling roe as I’m holding her... bless her heart, she was ready to spawn.
Standing next to me is a friend I made, we'll call him Lucas, from Massachusetts. He came to the Salmon River with his grandpa, and his dad for a one day trip so that pops could get a couple of fish to put in the freezer. So..... I invited him and his rigged up Zebco 202 to come stand downstream on a big rock and fish with me. I had seen a few fish moving upriver and thought what the hey... I tied on a wooly bugger for him , clamped on a couple of #7 lead sinkers to his, what appeared to be about, 8 lb test line that came on the $14.99 Walmart special. Three drifts later, he hooked this 22 lb male King Salmon. With a little help from his dad and several bystanders to include myself, Lucas landed this fish after about a 20 minute fight.
All I could do is sit there and softly tear up, beaming with pride for the 11 year old kid. He was so humble after catching what may arguably be a record fish on a $6.99 reel. The grandpa got the whole thing on video and I tried to persuade him to send a snippet to Zebco for marketing purposes, to no avail. They were far to humble.
This reinforces the fact that the thousands of dollars I have spent over the years may not have improved my level of expertise or success.
This experience is indelibly burned into his mind, his heart, his soul...
Never to be forgotten.
BTW... I caught my 1st fish on a Zebco 202 in 1965 fishing from the banks of the Neches River in Noonday, Texas.
Ok... how embarrassing... br I go down to the rive... (show quote)


Wow. And thank you for the story and being part of a story this young man will never forget. This is what it’s all about.

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Oct 15, 2020 16:21:26   #
Ben Bragg Loc: Dayton Ohio
 
Better lucky than good all day every day
Glad you got to see that. I’m sure that young man will never forget it

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Oct 15, 2020 16:28:59   #
TripleP51
 
You did a great service to the younger generation. Way too much time spent these days on the video gaming than the great outdoors. Thanks for sharing an putting a smile on this old timers face

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Oct 15, 2020 16:29:30   #
Maineboyfishing Loc: Coastal Maine
 
I’ve heard a couple stories like that, every one better than the next. Good luck next time, and take credit for choosing the right fly. Ha!

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Oct 15, 2020 16:40:20   #
flyguy Loc: So. Padre Island, TX. 1 & 2, & S.E. MN. 3-12
 
4525brickyard wrote:
Ok... how embarrassing...
I go down to the river decked out in a $1,000 worth of flies, fly rod, reel, line, backing, Simms slicker, Compass 360 waders, Orvis wading boots, etc. I catch a fish.....
If you notice , she is spilling roe as I’m holding her... bless her heart, she was ready to spawn.
Standing next to me is a friend I made, we'll call him Lucas, from Massachusetts. He came to the Salmon River with his grandpa, and his dad for a one day trip so that pops could get a couple of fish to put in the freezer. So..... I invited him and his rigged up Zebco 202 to come stand downstream on a big rock and fish with me. I had seen a few fish moving upriver and thought what the hey... I tied on a wooly bugger for him , clamped on a couple of #7 lead sinkers to his, what appeared to be about, 8 lb test line that came on the $14.99 Walmart special. Three drifts later, he hooked this 22 lb male King Salmon. With a little help from his dad and several bystanders to include myself, Lucas landed this fish after about a 20 minute fight.
All I could do is sit there and softly tear up, beaming with pride for the 11 year old kid. He was so humble after catching what may arguably be a record fish on a $6.99 reel. The grandpa got the whole thing on video and I tried to persuade him to send a snippet to Zebco for marketing purposes, to no avail. They were far to humble.
This reinforces the fact that the thousands of dollars I have spent over the years may not have improved my level of expertise or success.
This experience is indelibly burned into his mind, his heart, his soul...
Never to be forgotten.
BTW... I caught my 1st fish on a Zebco 202 in 1965 fishing from the banks of the Neches River in Noonday, Texas.
Ok... how embarrassing... br I go down to the rive... (show quote)


I'm not sure if I have welcomed you or not, brickyard, but we certainly happy to have you on board. Thank you for sharing that wonderful store and the fine pictures.

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Oct 15, 2020 16:41:51   #
E.pa.al Loc: Eastern pa
 
Good on you Brickyard,pretty sure Lucas is hooked for life now
Well done man!!

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Oct 15, 2020 17:18:14   #
Lee626 Loc: Brick NJ
 
Great story Brickyard, must have felt pretty good watching him land such a nice fish after you took your time to help.

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Oct 15, 2020 18:55:55   #
Huntm22 Loc: Northern Utah. - West Haven
 
You did a great thing there for Lucas and his family as well as for yourself - something YOU will never forget!!!👍👍🤛🤛

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Oct 15, 2020 19:43:40   #
plumbob Loc: Belhaven NC
 
Going to be some great stories from that youngster in the years to come. Need more folks like you brickyard willing to teach the youngins and be so patient. Thanks

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Oct 15, 2020 19:48:43   #
Robert J Samples Loc: Houston TX
 
Yes, and regardless, you are not going to suck me in to any comment on the reel, either. Just Sayin...RJS

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Oct 15, 2020 20:06:49   #
Fredfish Loc: Prospect CT.
 
4525brickyard wrote:
Ok... how embarrassing...
I go down to the river decked out in a $1,000 worth of flies, fly rod, reel, line, backing, Simms slicker, Compass 360 waders, Orvis wading boots, etc. I catch a fish.....
If you notice , she is spilling roe as I’m holding her... bless her heart, she was ready to spawn.
Standing next to me is a friend I made, we'll call him Lucas, from Massachusetts. He came to the Salmon River with his grandpa, and his dad for a one day trip so that pops could get a couple of fish to put in the freezer. So..... I invited him and his rigged up Zebco 202 to come stand downstream on a big rock and fish with me. I had seen a few fish moving upriver and thought what the hey... I tied on a wooly bugger for him , clamped on a couple of #7 lead sinkers to his, what appeared to be about, 8 lb test line that came on the $14.99 Walmart special. Three drifts later, he hooked this 22 lb male King Salmon. With a little help from his dad and several bystanders to include myself, Lucas landed this fish after about a 20 minute fight.
All I could do is sit there and softly tear up, beaming with pride for the 11 year old kid. He was so humble after catching what may arguably be a record fish on a $6.99 reel. The grandpa got the whole thing on video and I tried to persuade him to send a snippet to Zebco for marketing purposes, to no avail. They were far to humble.
This reinforces the fact that the thousands of dollars I have spent over the years may not have improved my level of expertise or success.
This experience is indelibly burned into his mind, his heart, his soul...
Never to be forgotten.
BTW... I caught my 1st fish on a Zebco 202 in 1965 fishing from the banks of the Neches River in Noonday, Texas.
Ok... how embarrassing... br I go down to the rive... (show quote)


Congratulations Lucas! Good on you brickyard for setting him up to succeed. He'll remember that for the rest of his life,and hopefully pass the love of fishing on. You're a good guy!

Oh yeah, nice fish for you too.,

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Oct 15, 2020 20:54:52   #
EasternOZ Loc: Kansas City Metro
 
Fantastic.

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Oct 16, 2020 00:09:48   #
Spiritof27 Loc: Lincoln, CA
 
What more can anyone say? That's how it's done guys and gals.

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