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Sunday, June 23, 2013
June 21, 2013
Today's Photograph . . . . Fly Fishermen Don't Take Money For Flies or Used Equipment -- We Share (MQ)
Bible Study Verse
All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. (NIV)
I remember walking along the Rush River in Wisconsin looking for a place to wet a fly. I saw a gentleman fishing, so I stopped and asked him how he was doing. He said that he was doing very well with one of his own fly patterns. He insisted on giving me a couple of flies and told me to try this stretch of the river. I thanked him for sharing, and he headed upstream.
I caught several nice fish and was very thankful for his thoughtfulness. Later that spring, some of my students expressed an interest in fly fishing.
I taught them how to tie some simple patterns and we went fishing together. As I upgraded my equipment, I gave away some of my equipment to my students. They wanted to pay me; but I thought of that gentleman on the Rush, and told them that fly fishermen don't take money for flies or used equipment -- we share. This started a long-lasting relationship with these young people. I was blessed ten-fold!
Dig out some of that old equipment and get someone started fly fishing. It's a great opportunity to witness and be a role model for young people.
Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Try substituting a red thorax on your hare's ear instead of turkey quill. It has worked well on several streams and lakes. We call it the "bloody" hare's ear.