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Re: Fisherman mortality.....not fish mortality

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My comments weren't intended as a put down. The only limit any one has is pretty much , IMO, what they put on themselves. I know I fish a stream slowly ,but more thoroughly. I can't wade really rough rough water and I have to pick and choose where I can get into and out of a creek. I'm still figuring things out. I intend to carry a whistle with me while on the water. Just in case I need to get some attention. Leave a plan with some one if I'm alone, which I try to avoid. The fire is a bit lower now, but the flame is still bright. NZ here I come
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Re: Fisherman mortality.....not fish mortality

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My grandfather had to stop wading at 87 and fishing at 98. Died a few months short of 100. You may well have more years than you think.


An optimistic outlook on longevity is often one of the keys to living longer!

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gulfgreyhound wrote;

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I have to pick and choose where I can get into and out of a creek. I'm still figuring things out. I intend to carry a whistle with me while on the water. Just in case I need to get some attention. Leave a plan with some one if I'm alone, which I try to avoid.


Me too!, I used to just find a bank that I could step onto and lift myself up out of the water. Now I try and find entry, and exit, points that are not much more 10" - 12" from dry land to the water. Where I fish I have very good cell service for 90% of my fishing. I just make sure I have a fully charged battery before I go out.

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I spend three or four months a year at our cabin. My wife commutes back and forth, spending about four days a week there. When she is not there I have a chalkboard on the porch where I write down where I am going for the day so they can find the body if need be, lol.

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Last year I went to a bamboo event at the Catskill Museum and heard a wise comment from an old-timer. He said giving up fishing wasn't that hard and giving up rod making wasn't that hard, but he could never give up the friends he made fishing and building rods.

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That's the trick, keep on keeping on. Age, is but a number. You're as old as you feel.


Agree and to quote Ralph Waldo Emerson "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” ;




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I remembered that Andy started this post around a year ago and wanted to revisit it,now that we are all a year older and hopefully wiser.

Aging and fishing...well I'm getting knee surgery in early Feb and have a schedule worked out where I believe I can be close to 100% for wading by May 1st.

I consider myself lucky to have gotten 6 years "extra" out of my knees since 2 knee specialists told me in 2014 that" I would require knee surgery within months:(cutters?).

So I guess my point is to keep as active as possible and work with the cards you are dealth ...and most importantly to be thankful with what you have been allowed to do ,to date.

Happy and Healthy New year
Tom

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I remembered that Andy started this post around a year ago and wanted to revisit it,now that we are all a year older and hopefully wiser.

Aging and fishing...well I'm getting knee surgery in early Feb and have a schedule worked out where I believe I can be close to 100% for wading by May 1st.

I consider myself lucky to have gotten 6 years "extra" out of my knees since 2 knee specialists told me in 2014 that" I would require knee surgery within months:(cutters?).

So I guess my point is to keep as active as possible and work with the cards you are dealth ...and most importantly to be thankful with what you have been allowed to do ,to date.

Happy and Healthy New year
Tom


Good luck, Tom.....you'll be out there wading just in time for the hendricksons on the D this spring!

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Kray - Thanks for starting this thread with a great post! To the other contributors, Thanks!

I started FF'ing in 2011 and feel like I know so little, but have been lucky to find this forum and make freinds with those of you who can tolerate me. You have all eased my journey with the fly rod and I thank you.

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Yes, Happy New Year to all. I have met some wonderful people through fly fishing and made some great friends. I hope to have that continue right up til the end.

I still see my last days on the distant horizon. I don't fear them arriving, just realizing my chances of "Truly Epic" days shrinks with every passing day. Many of you have met Mr. Kramer the fishing dog. When I look at my dog, it's like looking at a frail old man in his late 90's. Watched him go from a frisky puppy to a hellion that would chase a bear to a sleepy old grey faced dog. It's like watching your own life in fast forward. LOL. Kinda sad but all part of life.

I've also seen my nephew go from a 50 pound frightened kid to a skinny young man that towers over me. He's absorbed every bit of fishing info I've shared as well as gathering knowledge on his own. He's a good kid that will be an exceptional young man very soon. He's learned to treat others, the sport and the resource with respect. I don't doubt that future protection of the resource is in good hands.

Just as the kid has relied on me to take him fishing, I'll be relying on him down the road to take the old man fishing.

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Fish slower, smaller water, larger parachute flies with yellow poly posts, lighter rods. Personally thanked Tom Rosenbauer for developing Orvis big eye flies.

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I guess I missed this thread last year when I was "coerced" by a friend into helping coach the local girls' basketball team, for one year, I might add. (We made it into interdistrict play.)

Anyhow, at 68 I am pleasantly surprised to find a number of you
codgers who are older than I am and who are still having at it. I am particularly inspired by WB, who has worked to overcome surgery. I also wish AFISHN (Tom) well with the knee surgery. I had an ACL surgery at age 46, and I still have my surgically repaired knee, though it's more painful than it once was. But, shots of gel have helped me keep going without having a knee replacement. Tom, make sure you do your rehab religiously; it will help get you back on the water relatively quickly.

Kray -- You're just a young buck! At 50, you have lots of good years ahead of you. Enjoy them!

So far, I am still wading almost all of the spots I ever have, though I like studded wading boots for some places. I guess I ought to get a wading staff, too.

My dad played tennis till he was 88, and he lifted free weights till 2 months before he passed away at 88.5.

So, I hope to fish and to hunt wild turkeys well into my 80's -- maybe even continue playing age-level basketball as well.

I wish all of you lots of great days on your favorite streams and lots of tight lines.

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Kray - Thanks for a great history of growing up into fly fishing. I was fortunate that my Dad had been a lifelong fly fisherman when I was born and I grew up into the sport both as a fisherman and a fly tier. I can say with confidence that the number of times I've bought flies in my 68 years, either trout or salmon, can be counted on less than the fingers of one hand. My wife would say I fish a lot, and I'd agree with her, but I'd add that I do not fish nearly enough. I'd add too that the fishing I've done since retiring 6 years ago has been the very best of my life. I have had some absolutely stellar days "on the water" not necessarily all characterized by the quality or quantity of the fish I've caught. I've seen some amazing sights in the natural world while fishing and had some of the best times going fishless with fishing buddies and my brother.

My Dad fished until he was about 80 and unable to get around in the streams and rivers he cherished. He would have been thankful to have passed from this world while on the banks of his favorite stream, the Little Juniata, and to have had his remains scattered there.

While sunset's glow is fast approaching my horizon, I will fish until I can't. That's a guarantee.

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Afishin,take it from me you'll be ready for the Jam in May if you get your knee done in Feb. That was my goal 4 years ago and made it. Get some PT. prior to surgery as it will help strengthen your thigh area and loosen up the tendons that will get stretched during surgery. Spinal over general anesthesia I had less complications and better recovery that way. a good rehab facility or Physical therapist will get you on your feet you just have to work at it. GL GG

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Andy:

I will say I am glad to have had the opportunity to have met and fished with you several times. You are one of a kind and your excitement and passion for fishing is always fun to see. You have also been a great teacher and the knowledge you have shared with the YINZER crew will always be appreciated.

Happy 50th 1

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