Fishing with the family.

 

Local tailwaters.

Over the weekend, we made our maiden voyage to the local trout waters with the little one.  During the 25 Days of Christmas, I wrote about and showed a picture of myself with our new Deuter kid carrier with our infant son.  This would be our first outdoor outing with it.  Also, if you read my first post in 2016, I covered many of my goals for the year. This past weekend, I was able to get a start on a few of those.    

On our family outing, I had a goal or a purpose if you will. I didn’t care so much about myself getting a line wet. All I really wanted to do was get my family on the water.  This would be the first time that my wife and I got a chance to take our little one on a fishing adventure. Although he spent the majority of the time sleeping, I chalked it up to an absolute success.  With the beautiful weather and the sound of the stream trickling by, its no wonder he slept the whole time.  I am pretty positive that if I could find someone big enough to carry me on the water while they fish, I would most likely sleep too.

Trickle of the water is enough to put anyone to sleep.

 

Not only did my wife and son get out on the water, my dad and his wife were able to go fishing with us as well.  This was awesome to have them join us because we were all able to fly fish together is some form or fashion.  A 5 wt, 4 wt, and 3 tenkara rods were bouncing from person to person throughout the afternoon.  This allowed everyone to get some casting time in and allowed me to teach some of my loved ones something that I love to do.   

  
 If you are a fly angler, you will agree that you can’t always measure succes by the amount of fish you catch.  There are many days that I have gone home without a single fish.  The experience overall is what measures the success of the day. This day will be one that I will always remember. The only fish caught that day belonged to my stepmom. It was an average size brown trout found in this particular tailwater. Everyone was super excited to see the fish.  As everyone gathered around the net, we all admired the beautiful colors of the fish.  This also gave me the opportunity to teach them the importance of keeping the fish in the water. This was an awesome “Keep Em Wet” opportunity.  Hearing her scream and watching her as she hooked up to her first trout was an awesome experience.  It reminded me of my wife’s first trout on our trip to the smokies.  That is something that I will never forget.  As I helped her net the fish, I thought to myself that moments like these are so much more enjoyable for me than catching fish myself.  Don’t get me wrong, I love to fish and love catching fish; but it is so much better the share experiences like this with people you care about.

First trout landed.

 

Keep Em Wet

Everyone had an incredible time. It was a one fish day, but I can say that it was an absolute successful day on the water.  This day has opened up the doors for many more to come.  A few days later, my wife and I went out again, and our son stayed awake.  He was completely intrigued by the water moving below us and all the different things to look out. 

  I can’t wait till our next outing.  Outings like these are very important to me, and I believe that they are extremely important for our children.  Get outside with your family  or friends and create your own adventure.

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Happy Birthday National Park Service

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August is still a ways away, but I wanted to give you all plenty of time to plan for a huge birthday.  This isn’t just any birthday; the National Park Service turns 100 years old.  This huge birthday presents an awesome opportunity.  I challenge each and every one of you to pay respects and visit as many of the national parks as you can in 2016.  They are scattered all over the US. Pick up a park pass and see how many you can visit.

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Goals for 2016

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The mountains are calling.

2015 has passed, and we have ventured into 2016. 2015 was the year that we created this blog. It has been a trying year, learning all we can about creating the blog. We still have plenty of room to grow. We still have big ideas of what we would like the blog to become. For so many people, the beginning of each year brings new year resolutions; we all know that resolutions usually go by the wayside really quick. Instead of making resolutions, we want to set goals. Setting personal goals and goals for Grindstone Sabbatical has been exciting. There is so much out there. Goals can be as small or large as you want them to be. Dream big, but don’t forget the little things.

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25 Days of Christmas: Days 22-25

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For the final days of the 25 Days of Christmas, we are going to give our last gift idea. This is a large gift and it also represents the theme of the final days of Christmas. We at Grindstone Sabbatical express a large emphasis on family. This is a time to spend the holidays with those that are important to us. Just like the holidays, we also want everyone to share the outdoors with the people that are important to them. For our final gift idea, I want to share a gift that we received. In earlier posts, I expressed the importance of the outdoors and my excitement to share them soon my infant son. I want to introduce him to the outdoors and the things that we love at an early age. To help with this, we are going to use our new Deuter kid carrier. This is going to be a go to piece of equipment for our future adventures. Some slow down once they have kids. I am more excited than ever to venture outside. Look back soon for a gear review.

Enjoy your family and be safe. Merry Christmas and God bless.

Grahm and Phil

25 Days of Christmas: Days 19-21

Winter is here and it is time for tying flies.  Many of us tie or have friends or family that ties.  Here are a couple of basic gift ideas that any tier would be happy to receive.  These would be great in a single gift as a group, and they would work really well as individual stocking stuffers.  Now, the unique thing about the following gifts is that they are not ordinary fly tying tools.  All of these things will be found in places that look nothing like a fly shop. They are also items that I frequently use at the tying desk.

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25 Days of Christmas: Day 18

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For day 18, I have another book that has helped me as an angler tremendously.  There are countless books out there that cover everything fly fishing.  There are some excellent books out there that I would recommend to anyone, but there is one book in particular that I recommend as the first.  The Little Red Book of Fly Fishing was my first book about fly fishing, and I am glad it was.  For those of you that have read my about me page, you will find that I have been mostly self taught.  Books have been a large part of my learning experience, and this one in particular provided the most.  Anyone that reads this book will gain a wealth of knowledge.  The Little Red Book of Fly Fishing is a great read and makes sense to even the most novice of fly anglers.  Pick this book up for a gift for anyone that loves fly fishing or wants to learn to fly fish.

Grahm

25 Days of Christmas: Day 17

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Looking for another stocking stuffer?  Rite in the Rain products will fit in with all of the other widgets and gear stuffed inside the stockings.  Rite in the Rain produces top quality notebooks, field books, notecards, and other paper products.  What is so special about them?  Just like the name says; you can write on any of their products in the rain.  They even have a few products that can be written on when completely underwater.  For those that spend a lot of time outside, whether recreationally or professionally, these are some awesome products.  They even have specific book/journals like the Fly Fishing Journal and the Expedition Journal.  Check out what they have to offer, and pick out what products best suit your friends and family.

Grahm