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One more stroke
of cypress paddle,
that my dad made,
in crystal waters
of a calm lake.

And this old jon boat
glides forward a bit
leaving hardly a ripple behind;
then coasts to a stop.

My nine foot fly rod
of split bamboo
whips gracefully
as a magician's wand
with just a whhiiiiissp
of line through guides.

A minuscule pause
while line straightens out
behind me..
then with a wrist flip
I power the line forward.

It drops with its passenger,
a foam body spider,
exactly where I want
right next to a shallow stump.
where I let it lie...and lie
until all is still..

Then with trees reflecting
off mercurial water
I move the fly the slightest bit
The peace ENDS
as a bass explodes
sending water spraying
as it jumps shaking its head

A short fight
then supper is subdued
and line is checked for frays.


One more stroke.............

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Hi Stan, I didn't know about your fishing skills! Yes, it's good, for a change, to see your FV.
You've set the scene deftly, I like the part about supper being subdued!
Enjoyed, will return to read again, best, Gracy

"My soul is painted like the wings of butterflies; fairy tales of yesterday will grow but never die, I can fly, my friends.” – Freddie Mercury

It has been years since I fished with a fly rod. But grandson is getting older and hopefully I'll last long enough to show him how

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what a oure pastoral scene you describe. Lon would have identified with this en totale


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he'd like it too. A pity we never got together

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I expect I've caught well under 100 trout lol. But ya'll call bass green trout don't you? In that case I've caught hundreds .Now as to You being a trout.... is this an Italian slang?

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I can see that. Sleek and colorful

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