“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believeth in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Most of us know John 3:16 as a biblical phrase, however in this story, it has a humorous meaning.
On my way to a guided fishing trip, I stopped into the Outpost Mountain Outfitters in Whittier to pick up some split shot. While cashing out, John Honeycutt asked me how it was going. I told him fishing has been real good this fall. In spite of this good report, John showed me a new streamer pattern that he just brought into the store. He said that he has tried it and it worked very well. “If it gets slow out there, try this out.” So, I bought a dozen and put them in my shirt pocket.
I met my clients and we were off to the West Fork of the Pigeon.
The day started out a little slow, so I decided to try one of John’s streamers. As soon as we started using it, we were catching fish! I was so happy that I looked up into the sky, spread my arms out, and said, “thank you John.” My client said, “you mean John 3:16.” I said no, “ I mean John at the Outpost!” We laughed so hard. It was a funny moment. My client, who was pretty religious, said, “most people know about John 3:16, but do you know what John 3:17 was about?” I couldn’t help it. I said, “ is it his batting average?” Needless to say, we shared a precious memory together.
PS; Next time I stopped into the Outpost, I told John the story. He laughed. We all did. Stop in and ask for The John 3:16
You’ll be glad you did…………
As a Fly Fishing Guide, I get to spend a lot a time on the water with many different types of clients. They are all super! Sometimes, I feel guilty taking my fee because I’m having just as much fun as they are (only kidding about the fee), but we do share a lot of memories together. In this article, I want to share my experience with a young boy from Georgia, Cameron Mallin.
It was in July of 2015 that one of my friends’ wife asked me to take her girlfriend’s son fly fishing. I was told that he did fish for bass with a spinning outfit but wanted to get into fly fishing. So we met up in the morning and proceeded to register him for the Trophy waters at Cherokee. (How about that for your first day out with a fly rod!) Most of the morning was spent teaching, instructing, and showing Cameron what to do and how to do it. He picked it up pretty quick.
As the morning went on, he had his first encounter with a trout. I estimate it to have been approximately 22” and about 4 lbs. The fish took him down the river, back up and all around. He did a real good job of handling the fish until it eventually came off. I don’t know if I could have done any better. Well, we sat down together to repair his leader and discuss what just had happened. At that point, he put his arm around me and said, “Today is the Greatest Day in my Life.” I bowed my head down and almost began to cry. That’s how much that meant to me.
This is exactly why I love fly fishing and working with young people and new people. Little did Cameron know, that day was one of my greatest, too.
BLUE CHIP FLY FISHING
I recently went on a fishing trip with (4) friends. At the end of the day, we were deciding were to eat dinner. While we were thinking about where to go, one friend said, “I got about 8 or 10” Another friend said, “I got close to 15.” I chimed in and asked, “Why do you guys count your fish?” I want to share some of their answers.
Gary: Well, I sort of count. I try to measure how good the day was.
Mike: I usually start to count, but then I lose count or forget. Especially when I get to double digits. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if I’m satisfied.
James: I don’t count. I don’t care, however, I know if it’s less than five. I’m more concerned about catching. It’s a challenge to find out what fly is working.
Austin: Well, I do fishing competitions. So, I’m used to counting, not only how many, but sometimes how long too. Also, if I catch 20 in one day, I want to beat that number and try to increase my catch rate.
I fished a father and son combo in March this year. As soon as the father caught the first fish, he yelled out to his son, “one to nothing.”
As I continue to guide, I realize that counting will always be a part of the day. I came up with a fun way to count fish, and be ACCURATE at the same time. I use baseball players by identifying their uniform number with their names. Here are some examples. My clients get a kick out of it. FIRST fish caught is Billy Martin. SECOND fish is Derrick Jeter. THIRD is Babe Ruth. FOURTH is Lou Gehrig. Here‘s the rest:
- Billy Martin
- Derrick Jeter
- Babe Ruth
- Lou Gehrig
- Joe Dimaggio
- Stan Musial
- Mickey Mantle
- Yogi Berra
- Ted Williams
- Phil Rizzuto
- Luis Aparicio
- Gil McDougal
- Dan Marino (ha!)
- Gil Hodges
- Thurman Munson
- Whitey Ford
- Carl Eskine
- Ted Kluszewski
- Jr. Gilliam
- Don Sutton
- Roberto Clemente
- Johnny Podres
- Micheal Jordan (ha!)
- Willie Mays
Here’s Billy, Derrick, Babe and Lou: