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Postby JM21760 » Sat Jan 14, 2006 9:32 pm

Word comes from Arizona that my Uncle has passed away. He was the one who taught me how to trout fish, up in Idaho, Big Wood River, and many other areas, Sawtooths, ect.

http://www.legacy.com/CommonCobrand/PrintNotice.asp?Cobrand=DAILYNEWS-SUN&PersonID=16294218

He will be missed. He was a great teacher.



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Postby ERIC » Sat Jan 14, 2006 11:18 pm

Sorry to hear that, buddy. This past year has been filled with loss for my own family. My thoughts and sympathies are with you and yours.

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Postby Shawn » Sun Jan 15, 2006 12:03 am

My condolences too. It seems he led a full life and even in his passing it seems he gave you a priceless gift of fond memories.
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Postby hikerduane » Sun Jan 15, 2006 8:48 am

Sorry to hear about your uncle passing. I hate to see the wealth of knowledge and experience lost. I had a customer from where I worked at one time pass away some years back. He told me about where to fish down by Bishop in detail and also told a few tales about his experiences hiking and fishing. I feel your loss.
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Postby JM21760 » Sun Jan 15, 2006 4:19 pm

Thanks Gang, it's appreciated! :)
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Postby doug395 » Sun Jan 15, 2006 6:39 pm

My condolences also. You’re uncle sounds a lot like my grandfather who was a big influence in my love for the outdoors. After this passing the world just didn’t seem the same. Over time that bond just got stronger and when I’m out doing the things we shared, the gift and conversations continue.
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Postby Buck Forester » Sun Jan 15, 2006 6:58 pm

I'm sorry to hear of your loss, he sounds like a wonderful man. He had strong faith, was influential, and lived in some really cool areas, like Jarbridge. May God bless you and your family.
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Postby copeg » Mon Jan 16, 2006 10:02 am

My condolences. My thoughts go out to you and your family.
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Postby Hikin Mike » Mon Jan 16, 2006 10:10 am

Very sorry to hear about your loss.
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Postby Skibum » Mon Jan 16, 2006 10:51 am

My condolences as well JM.
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Postby JM21760 » Mon Jan 16, 2006 5:53 pm

Again, Thanks everyone. You are all so kind.

I remember one trip up to the Big Wood in Hailey, Idaho. Uncle Ben was teaching me some fly casting. Once I got the hang of it, he turned me loose with his favorite split bamboo fly rod. This rod was like a Stradivarius. I hooked and landed a beautiful 24" wild Rainbow. :D (The fishing was SO great on that river!) I set the rod on a gravel bar while I unhooked the Trout. I was beaming! I was stoked! I was.... looking at Uncle Ben's fly rod with 6" broke off the tip? :eek: The feeling was probably like free soloing the Nose on El Cap, and falling about 10 feet from the top. I didn't step on it, or catch it between any rocks. I could not figure out how the tip of the rod had snapped off. It didn't matter. I had to go tell Uncle Ben. It was like "Dead Man Walking", each and every excrutiating step along the river, back to my Uncle's house. :paranoid: Upon arrival, Ben asked how the fishing was. I showed him the Trout. He was estatic! I was full of fear and loathing. I showed him the rod. It did not go over too well. I apologised, over and over, but knew I had soiled sacred ground. Ben said "I need a little time alone." I probably thought about tying a rock to my feet, and finding a very deep hole in the river. :crybaby: Things were a bit better the next morning. We had a Pow Wow, and got it sorted out. I still felt horrible.
I went home after the vacation, with the look on his face etched in my mind's eye, upon presentation of the rod on that fateful day. I worked the paper route back home. I saved everything I could. By the time December rolled around I had enough money. I found the best Orvis rod I could afford, and had it sent to him for Christmas. I got a call, Christmas Day, 1972, (I was 12 years old). It was Ben, of course. He told me "There's a lot of fishing rods a man can own in a lifetime John, but there's only one of you. Which one do you think is more important to me?" I was still a bit scared. I opted for the fishing rods answer. He laughed long and hard! He said "Wrong you fool! It's you! Thank you for the new rod Nephew, and don't you ever, ever dare to ask me if you can use it!" I learned many more than one lesson that day, all of them good. ;)
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Postby madeintahoe » Tue Jan 17, 2006 9:15 am

JM I am so sorry about your Uncle passing on....He sounds like he was very well loved & lived a very full life & was a very kind man. So sorry
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