My father, who died in 2003 at the age of 79, was an avid and passionate fisherman all of his life, and an active member of TU’s Nutmeg Chapter in Connecticut. He instilled in me a life-long passion for fishing and conservation that I am now passing on to my son.
He also passed his passion for fishing onto my sister and three brothers, and hundreds of other kids during his 30 years as a scoutmaster for Troop 36 in Westport, Connecticut. At least four of his grandkids now love to fish.
Recently, while cleaning out our childhood home, my brothers found a journal he kept at the age of 15. Here’s an excerpt from April 14, 1941:
“Went fishing. Caught my first four (4) trout ever. One was 10-1/2″ the others 10″, 8″, 7-1/2″” The day before, “Mr. Allgood” took him fishing and he missed five.
And so it began (or continued?).
For everyone of us the past connects to the present and on to the future — a legacy of anglers taking care of the fish and the waters we cherish. The simplest little moments in life can make a huge difference.
Thanks, in large part, to TU members, volunteers and staff — past, present and future — there will always be opportunities for people to catch their “first trout!”
And take a kid fishing! You never know how far it might go . . .