Zebco

15 Jun 19
Twin Cities
#gallery-3368127-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-3368127-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-3368127-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-3368127-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Pioneer Press reporter Dave Orrick is pictured, circa 1977, with his first fish, a 12-inch largemouth bass, caught on his first cast. Orrick, who was 4, had begged his father, who wasn’t a fisherman, to take him fishing. They fished together ever since. Orrick’s father, Nick, died May 11, 2019. (Courtesy photo) Pioneer Press reporter Dave Orrick is pictured with his father, Nick. Orrick, at age 4, begged his father, who wasn’t a fisherman, to take him fishing. They fished together ever since. Orrick’s dad died May 11, 2019. (Courtesy photo) Pioneer Press reporter Dave Orrick is pictured with his father, Nick. Orrick, at age 4, begged his father, who wasn’t a fisherman, to take him fishing. They fished together ever since. Orrick’s dad died May 11, 2019. (Courtesy photo) Pioneer Press reporter Dave Orrick is pictured with his father, Nick. Orrick, at age 4, begged his father, who wasn’t a fisherman, to take him fishing. They fished together ever since. Orrick’s dad died May 11, 2019. (Photo courtesy of Steve Safranski) Fathers are supposed to take their kids fishing. The boy knew this, even though the father didn’t. So when he was 4, the boy started begging his dad to take him fishing. The father loved the water, but he wasn’t a fisherman. When he was his son’s age, fishing felt cruel, a tangle of line, lost fish and frustration. But the boy, for reasons unknown, kept asking. Eventually, the father agreed. He bought a Zebco 202 rod and reel from the hardware store, dug up some worms from the garden and took the boy to the river. He didn’t expect to catch anything. He only hoped his boy wouldn’t be too disappointed. This fishing notion, he figured, would pass. The opposite happened. The boy caught a foot-long bass within seconds of his line hitting the water. He paraded the fish, creeled on a length of rope, around the neighborhood. And he never stopped fishing. For years, his father’s presence was required, to bait the hook or untangle the line or take apart the reel to see what was wrong inside. So they fished together. For years. The boy almost always caught more, and by junior high, the son was teaching the father techniques that he learned from books and magazines, like how to twitch a Rapala through weeds or how to cast a fly. When the boy grew up, he would bait the hooks for the old man, and untangle the lines, and land the fish. They fished a lifetime together. And that’s the story of the son who taught his father how to fish. But it was possible only because the father took the son fishing that first time. Pioneer Press reporter Dave Orrick is pictured with his father, Nick. Orrick, at age 4, begged his father, who wasn’t a fisherman, to take him fishing. They fished together ever since. Orrick’s dad died May 11, 2019. (Courtesy photo) It’s a true story, and I’m that son. This spring, as the lakes were thawing, I thanked my dad for taking me fishing that first time, and all the times after. That was when I said goodbye to him, as an advancing neurological disorder made it clear that not only would we never fish together again, but that his time was short. He died May 11, Minnesota’s fishing opener. He was 83. That’s old enough to have fished plenty with his only son. Except … a father and son can never fish enough together. This is Father’s Day weekend. It’s a time many of us remember our fishing fathers who are gone, who no longer cast lines in these waters. This will be the first year I’ll be joining that club, as we wrap up our annual trip to Hayward, Wis. I’ll be fishing with my son, who’s just a little older than I was when I first fished with my dad. Hopefully, we’ll catch a bunch. Hopefully, I’ll hold it together when he says he wishes Grandpa Nick was in the boat with us, or when we scatter some of his ashes in the water in front of Sugarbush, the spot where he caught his only muskie. Either way, we’ll be fishing. You should take your kid, too. Fathers are supposed to take their kids fishing. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”]
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The Kids Block Blog

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The Kids Block Blog

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Daniel Alan Novocin

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25 May 19
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The return of Carson....

In Ford’s 1952 classic, “The Quiet Man”, John Wayne, portraying Sean Thornton, goes back to his ancestral roots in Innisfree on  the Mayo-Galway border in western Ireland.   At the outset of the film, JW disembarks the train he arrived on in Castletown, not knowing that is Innisfree is five or more miles “…down the road…”.  […]

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My father was a difficult man. He came from very little and created a successful life. He was highly intelligent and a shrewd business man. He wasn’t afraid of risk, and he appreciated the rewards. It was important to him that others respect and acknowledge his smarts and acumen. He was self referential, and his […]

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