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Worst uncle....EVER.

2011/5/26 10:12
From Dauphin PA
Posts: 24
I recently started my nephew fly fishing and he's always wanting to go. I promised him a 2 weeks ago that I'd take him the weekend of the Seven Mtns Jam. I intended to take him to Penns or Spring for some sulphur fishing. He contacted me mid week and wanted to know if we were still going. I confirmed that we would and we could go ANYWHERE. He's already fished Clarks, Spring, Big Spring, Stony and the Tulpehocken. I forgot I was dealing with a 14 year old and shouldn't have said ANYWHERE.

"I want to go for steelhead" was the first thing he said. I explained that it's too late for that kind of fishing. "OK, take me to that other place in NY where you go". I expected to have great conditions but I warned him that he won't like it.

My buddy Josh lent us his pontoon and a life vest which we loaded on the trailer and set out around 10:45 pm on Friday night for Hancock. We pulled in and headed straight to bed around 2:30 am. At 6:30 am, we were awakened by the guy in the next room. It sounded like he was throwing a medicine ball against the wall. Since we were up, off to the Circle E for breakfast. Came back got our gear on, set up a shuttle and headed to the river. This is where the mean uncle comes into play. I took that poor child on a marathon float.....Started in the Beaverkill and floated to Cadosia. LMAO. I figured he plays 4 sports so this wouldn't be an issue for him. I also brought some straps because expected to tow him a good portion of the day so he could fish while we slowly moved along.

Shortly after starting, he told me that rowing made his arms hurt and wanted to know how much longer we had to go. I explained that he's made it 1 mile and has 12 more to go. I told him that he was about to have a very bad day.

His casting is limited so I gave him a spinning rod with a blue fox on it and set up his fly rod with a double nymph rig. I figured that he may be able to pick up a shad or smallmouth on the spinning rod as we floated around and the nymph rig was for runs. I will say that we had perfect conditions just like the JAM. No sun, no wind and hatches in batches. I would row out of a pool and wait for the little guy to reach me. I'd hold his boat in position, cast his indi rig out and set him free. Riffle after riffle we did this and nothing. He was so consumed with casting the rod around that he'd pick it up, false cast and tangle the rig just after I'd set his boat free to float the riffles. From the amount of garbage in the boat, he spent a good part of the day eating. LOL.

I would watch him cast the spinning rod and then took it from him to demonstrate what I wanted him to do. He tossed a spinner for 2 hours w/o a fish. I made a 1 cast demo and hooked a 12-13" smallie. I felt like I stole his fish. Later he was nymphing and I took his rod to demonstrate and hooked a smallish bow.

He did manage to get hooked up 3 times that day on his fly rod. The first one involved him yelling "I've got one" and then stepping out the the pontoon into 8' of water. After he swam back to the boat and lost the fish, we reviewed the safety rules for the 5th time. We covered 6-7 miles before his next hook up. That one jumped, threw the hook and then nymph rig flew back and tangled on his PFD. We had one last chance as we got to our last riffle and daylight was fading. He went down with me behind him. I hooked up right away. He rowed over to see the fish. I anchored, pushed his boat back up river 150 yds so he could get another shot. Finally, he had one on. I had hoped for a bow and he got one that really gave him a workout. The smile in his pic says it all.

Half way through the float, his mother called and he said that he wouldn't do this again. As we loaded up to head home, his mother called and he said that it was pretty cool and wants to come up again. I guess it's like golf.....all you need is that one good shot to keep you coming back.

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Posted on: 2013/5/19 23:23

Re: Worst uncle....EVER.

2010/6/26 11:19
From Along the Lehigh Above the Gap
Posts: 132
Thank God you are not my uncle! Lol nice to see he had a good time at the end.

Posted on: 2013/5/19 23:54
“My mom is being eaten by a dog and there’s nothing I can do!”

Re: Worst uncle....EVER.

2011/3/8 19:04
From York, PA
Posts: 0
Are you looking for another nephew? I'm available. (Wait...that sounded creepy....)

Posted on: 2013/5/20 5:52

Re: Worst uncle....EVER.

2012/1/13 15:28
From Ferguson Twp.
Posts: 21
Classic! Sounds like a great time, and one that will hook him as well. You're a good man Charley Brown.

Posted on: 2013/5/20 6:28
There is a need to fish, to be in the water. It soothes the soul...

Re: Worst uncle....EVER.

2012/1/16 18:57
From North East PA
Posts: 374
Great write up and love the final photo!

Posted on: 2013/5/20 8:56

"Hey, Wait, that rock is moving" - Pat D, Newbie Jam, 3/16/13

Re: Worst uncle....EVER.

2010/2/18 8:57
From SW PA
Posts: 226
Of course you realize the kid is basically ruined for life.

But you did get yourself a new set of eyes for that "low light knot tying/ bug changing" so you are pretty clever.

Posted on: 2013/5/20 9:13
Hatches come and go of their own accord, but work will wait for you to get back.

Re: Worst uncle....EVER.

2011/5/26 10:12
From Dauphin PA
Posts: 24
For some reason, I always want to punish a first timer with a marathon float. I guess it's my way of weeding out the weak or maybe I like to listen to people complain. LOL. Some day in the near future, I'll be too old to do this and he'll get to return the favor by towing me down the river.

The little guy struggled with rowing and casting but he was also in awe of the area. Everytime I turned around, he was snapping pics. That one photo is of a young eagle that followed us around and hovered waiting for one of us to hook a fish. After talking to one of the guides, I've found out that the eagles (in some sections of the river) have learned that if you follow the boats, you can get an easy meal when someone hooks a fish. I had the camera ready just in case. I kept picturing the video Alby put up with the eagle swooping down and stealing that guys fish.

Posted on: 2013/5/20 9:31
"Excelling at making people angry since 1967"

Re: Worst uncle....EVER.

2006/9/11 11:34
From Lehigh Valley
Posts: 53

krayfish wrote:
For some reason, I always want to punish a first timer with a marathon float.

I call BS! You put everyone regardless of age/experience through marathon floats haha!

I thought I was gonna sleep in my 'toon one night but there was a flickering red light and the scent of Kreteks

Posted on: 2013/5/20 11:46

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