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Fly Fishing Article: The Bridge to Our Next Generation by Steve Ronholt


                                                  "The bridge reaches beyond the boundaries of 
                                                   time and space and goes straight to the heart."



The bridge crosses a small stream in northeast Washington. The bridge is made of simple creosoted wood and formed metal rails, that attract no special attention, except to our family. It has been a focal point for many memories and experiences. It is the bridge that every family needs – tradition.
Every summer, since our marriage, my wife and I have traveled to this spectacular section of Washington State, where we camp with many of our family members and friends. After a couple of years of freedom, our new four-month-old baby joined us, and the camping experience became complicated. 
Two summers later, another little guy added to the insanity of outdoor experiences with children. We loved every minute of it, even though the packing and the maintenance load grew exponentially. Can you imagine all the paraphernalia needed for two kids under three years, in a primitive camping experience with no facilities – not even an outhouse? We often have over twenty people in a large open camping area sharing a common campfire and sometimes meals together. It is our favorite time of year, except for Christmas. One of the lures of this camping area is fishing in the creek, which snakes its way through this rugged terrain. We will float the creek on hot summer days, enjoying the coolness of the waters, as well as the excellent fishing. One fishing tradition that is a part of every summer trip, is fishing off the bridge. It has become a familiar scenario, “Hey boys, let’s go down to the bridge.”
“Ok, Dad.”
We grab the poles and head for the bridge. They proudly carry their Mickey Mouse fishing poles, tiny tackle box and a container of worms. We walk the short distance down the gravel road. The excitement increases as we approach the bridge. The kids cast a couple of times and quickly get bored with the fishing and start throwing rocks into the creek. Fortunately, the fish do not seem to mind. When I hook a fish, they come running to reel it in and then they go back to playing. We have spent many hours playing out this scenario. I love it. I am a fisherman through and through and I am thrilled to see them experience catching fish any way possible. This seems to be the most fun for them. 
Both my boys caught their first fish from the deck of the bridge. The oldest was the first and at age three, could reel well enough to do the job. So, while mom filmed, he joyfully brought the fish up and over the railing. He was so excited, he started grabbing the fish and showing it to everyone around. He decided he had to run back to camp and show Grandpa and Grandma. He also was very excited to eat the big fish he had caught that night for dinner. The next summer was our second son’s turn at not quite three years old. He had a bit harder time reeling but showed the same enthusiasm when the fish came over the railing. The difference with him was that he wanted to put the fish back in the creek. After explaining that he could eat the fish for dinner, he agreed to keep it. The smile on his face was so heart-warming. I thought I was done with this “first fish’ tradition. Then several years later, my wife and I decided two children was not enough and adopted a beautiful little girl. The next summer, with her at two and a half years of age, the tradition continued. She caught her first fish from the exact spot her two older brothers, now eleven and nine, caught their first fish. To my great pleasure, she was not squeamish at all about holding onto the wriggling little rainbow trout. She showed it proudly to all and even tried to kiss it on the nose. My thoughts went back to those few years ago, when my boys were tiny little guys marveling at their first fish. The joy is unexplainable. 
I am looking forward too many more trips to the bridge and maybe even another first for another young life, that needs the benefits of tradition. The bridge reaches beyond the boundaries of time and space and goes straight to the heart. The heart of a family; the heart of an experience with Nature; the heart of traditions that bond for a lifetime. For these reasons, I will always love the bridge; not for its physical attributes, but for the intangible emotions that draw me back year after year. I am grateful for such places in life. 

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Fishing with Ladin: Fly Fishing TV Show, Videos, VOD and Articles inspires young and old to enjoy the outdoors. Travel the Northwest with them as they reveal the beauty of nature and the practice of catch and release fly fishing through an entertaining format that is fast-paced and humorous. Fly fishing articles are published monthly. Articles will be humorous, informative or inspirational.
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Inspirational Fly Fishing Article: The Bridge to Our Next Generation
by
Steve Ronholt


"The bridge reaches beyond the boundaries of time and space and goes straight to the heart"




Humorous Fly Fishing Article: What I Hate About Fly Fishing
by
Ladin Langeman


"By the way, who was the imbecile that invented the fly fishing vest? After all, most guys couldn’t find their car keys if their pants had one pocket."




Humorous Fly Fishing Article: Almost a Guru
by
Ladin Langeman


"When I finally made the ninety-foot cast, I let out a loud hoot that echoed throughout the neighborhood"



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Fishing with Ladin: Fly Fishing TV Show, Videos, VOD and Articles inspires young and old to enjoy the outdoors. Travel the Northwest with them as they reveal the beauty of nature and the practice of catch and release fly fishing through an entertaining format that is fast-paced and humorous. Fly fishing articles are published monthly. Articles will be humorous, informative or inspirational.
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Fly Fishing Article: Why I hate Fly Fishing by Ladin Langeman

    "By the way, who was the imbecile that invented the fly fishing vest? After all, 
        most guys couldn’t find their car keys if their pants had one pocket."



My roommates in college thought it was funny when I would wet the bed. The morons would wait until I was asleep, then they would put my hand in warm water. This invariably would cause me to soak my sheets. I failed to see the humor; in fact, found this practice to be rather irritating. I get that same feeling when I slip on a pair of waders and venture out into a river. 







By the way, who was the imbecile that invented the fly fishing vest? After all, most guys couldn’t find their car keys if their pants had one pocket. So why design a vest with fifty pockets? 
















The amount of equipment a fly fisherman needs is very similar to an astronaut. On a recent fishing trip, I ended up packing wading boots, waders, a patch kit, fly tying kit, wading belt, fly vest with clippers, forceps, a fishing hat, polarized sunglasses and a net. Hopefully next time I will remember my fly rod, so I can fish. 
Fly fishing has its own language. There are a few entomologists that actually speak it, and then there are the rest of us that fake it. Since I have no idea of the names of the bugs or what my flies are trying to imitate, I must mumble a lot. If I do by blink luck happen to catch a fish and a fellow angler puts me on the spot by asking me what fly I’m using, I’ll mumble in a garbled voice “A brown sumpinorother.” If they ask again I’ll act like I’m mentally deranged. This is an effective strategy and it comes in handy at work too. 

















True fly fisherman are expected to tie their own flies. However, this takes patience and coordination, two things I’m not known for. I tried tying a fly once and it took me three hours, which would have been ok if the finished product hadn’t ended up looking like something my cat had horked up. Of course, I discovered I could have bought the picking thing for ninety-five cents. Now I may be uncoordinated but I’m not stupid. Yes, I buy all my flies. However, if I am traveling with other fly fisherman I will bring my humongous fly tying kit to give the illusion that I tie flies, thus raising my status as a fly fisherman. 
As you can see there are a few things I hate about fly fishing. However, here I am on a beautiful river casting “sumpinorothers” to rising trout. It is now that I realize all the things I love about fly fishing….I’ve got to get out of these waders fast!





My body being soaked immediately makes me have to go to the bathroom, and If I don’t get out of my waders fast enough…well, fortunately I only wet my waders twice…last month. That’s one of the things I hate about fly fishing.
Now some of you are reading this are thinking that you like the fifty pockets. Well I’m sorry to break it to you but you are…anal. I usually spend most of my fishing day rummaging around trying to find stuff. Of course, I always manage to find what I am looking for in the last pocket, after I’ve checked them all twice.

Fly Fishing Article: Fly Fishing Snobbery
by
Steve Ronholt



"Don’t get sucked into the façade that all fly fishing experiences have to be the “Montana” or Alaska” experience."



Published 11/04/2018 - Most Recent

Fly Fishing Article: Fishing Pressure: Manhood on the Line
by
Ladin Langeman


"The thought of going back to camp skunked and having my wife and five year old son was too much to bear"




Fly Fishing Article: The Balanced Fisher
by
Steve Ronholt


​“When it comes to legally catching fish, greed is good.”




"Soiled Waders"
by
Ladin Langeman and Kipp Simms



"If any moron can catch a fish at the Oxbow, what does that make you?"