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Shawnny3July 16th, 2012, 10:32 am
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Pleasant Gap, PA

Posts: 1197
I took my 5-year-old son out with me recently, and while we were fishing, a guy with a fancy camera started taking our picture. Turned out he was Gary Cameron, a photojournalist from Reuters in town for the Sandusky trial. He was trying to find something to do in his spare time, so he decided to hit a local stream and take some photos. He did a great job of capturing what it's like to be with my son on the stream - as a father, these will always be a treasure to me.

-Shawn
Jewelry-Quality Artistic Salmon Flies, by Shawn Davis
www.davisflydesigns.com
Flatstick96July 16th, 2012, 10:58 am
Posts: 127
Fantastic pictures. I love Em's hat. :)
PaulRobertsJuly 16th, 2012, 12:35 pm
Colorado

Posts: 1776
Just Wonderful.
Shawnny3July 16th, 2012, 12:59 pm
Moderator
Pleasant Gap, PA

Posts: 1197
Just added the rest of the pics (some with actual fish in them!). I think my favorite one is the last one. When Em fishes, he always takes that very stick (his "rod") with him, and splashes it in the water ("fishes" with it) while I'm fishing with my rod. Then, on the way home, he puzzles over why I was able to catch fish on my rod but he was unable to catch any on his. Still, he never gets discouraged, and just keeps bringing the splashing stick time after time.

There's a bit of a sad story with the hat. The last time he went fishing with me, he and his brother tromped around so many paths in the woods that by the time I realized he wasn't wearing his hat, neither of them had a clue where he'd left it. We looked for it for awhile, but trying to retrace the steps of a 5-year-old over a two-hour period (every place we went he said, "I think I left it here, dad") is pretty difficult to do. So we lost it. I'm glad I have these pics, though, to remember what he looked like the first times he went fishing with me.

-Shawn
Jewelry-Quality Artistic Salmon Flies, by Shawn Davis
www.davisflydesigns.com
Flatstick96July 16th, 2012, 1:11 pm
Posts: 127
Your last paragraph reminded me of those old Family Circus cartoons:

TroutnutJuly 16th, 2012, 1:43 pm
Administrator
Bellevue, WA

Posts: 2547
Excellent photography! Looks like a good fishing trip too.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
CrepuscularJuly 16th, 2012, 3:59 pm
Boiling Springs, PA

Posts: 919
Well done Dad!
PaulRobertsJuly 16th, 2012, 4:56 pm
Colorado

Posts: 1776
Wonderful additions! What a nice thing to have had an accomplished photographer there.
MartinlfJuly 16th, 2012, 5:52 pm
Moderator
Palmyra PA

Posts: 2925
Great photos, Shawn. Thanks for sharing them.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
Shawnny3July 16th, 2012, 9:30 pm
Moderator
Pleasant Gap, PA

Posts: 1197
Looks like a good fishing trip too.

Same fish caught over and over. Stupid fish.

Excellent photography!

Yeah, I don't know what camera and lens he was using, but he obviously knew what he was doing with them. I'm amazed at the resolution when you look at them full size. In one photo, you can make out what kinds of knots I used in my leader. I was fishing a two-fly rig, a size 22 and a size 24, and if you know what I like to fish, in two different images you can make a pretty good guess as to which pattern each of them is. Not wanting to interfere, he was standing probably twenty feet away when he took the pics. Very impressive work.

Your last paragraph reminded me of those old Family Circus cartoons

Spoken like a father who's been there.

-Shawn
Jewelry-Quality Artistic Salmon Flies, by Shawn Davis
www.davisflydesigns.com
DitchJuly 16th, 2012, 11:20 pm
Fuquay-Varina NC

Posts: 36
Nice.

Philip
There are no bad fishing days.
Pryal74July 17th, 2012, 12:25 am
Escanaba, MI

Posts: 168
It's so wonderful to see those photos. They really capture what it's all about!
-James Pryal
Into The Wild Fly Fishing
Feathers5July 17th, 2012, 10:17 am
Posts: 287Cool pictures, Shawnny. There's a lifetime of memories in those photos. I loved the hat, too. You gotta' get him another one.
Bruce
JOHNWJuly 17th, 2012, 2:02 pm
Chambersburg, PA

Posts: 452
And that is what it is all about in the end. A father and son sharing a passion and each others company!!!!!!

"old habits are hard to kill once you have gray in your beard" -Old Red Barn
OldredbarnJuly 25th, 2012, 10:35 am
Novi, MI

Posts: 2591
Wonderful photos Shawn! I'm up on Beaver Island in northern Michigan and took my wife out in a row boat yesterday on one of the lakes here. She caught her first Bluegill on a fly rod.

I love that "classic" angling attire you have on there! :) Can't beat summertime.

I was thinking that your son's "stick" could well be a hockey one soon and he'll be banging it on a harder surface. I can't tell you how many times I've wanted to bang my rod on the water or throw it in to the trees! :)

Thanks for letting us tag-a-long!

Spence
"Even when my best efforts fail it's a satisfying challenge, and that, after all, is the essence of fly fishing." -Chauncy Lively

"Envy not the man who lives beside the river, but the man the river flows through." Joseph T Heywood
Shawnny3July 25th, 2012, 12:19 pm
Moderator
Pleasant Gap, PA

Posts: 1197
Thanks, guys. Glad you enjoyed the pics. Congrats to your wife, Spence - first fish on a fly rod is a special thing.

-Shawn
Jewelry-Quality Artistic Salmon Flies, by Shawn Davis
www.davisflydesigns.com
SofthackleJuly 28th, 2012, 11:08 pm
Site Editor
Wellsville, NY

Posts: 540
Shawn,
Nothing like being with family, especially your son-or grandson. You can tell both of you are having a great time. It brings back many memories of my son and oldest grandson, Cody.

Mark
"I have the highest respect for the skilled wet-fly fisherman, as he has mastered an art of very great difficulty." Edward R. Hewitt

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