Picture of the Day: Smallie Smile

Written by: Tim Daughton

Seth Smallmouth

Seth Daughton, age 7, with one of eight smallmouths he caught to his father’s measly two.

photo by Tim Daughton

Do you remember what it is like to smile this big when you catch a fish? For many of us, myself included, our fishing becomes an extension of our day-to-day life, stressful.  “Lets go, I want to get to that spot before somebody else does!” or “Just one more fish…” are phrases that are all too common. Don’t get me wrong: I love to fish, but somewhere along the way I may have lost some perspective. For the last couple of years, I have been blessed with the opportunity to fish with my kids, though, and my overall attitude has shifted.

I am convinced that kids want to fish for two reasons–to spend time with their parent(s) and because it is FUN! When I see one of my sons smiling from ear to ear, holding a fish he just caught, it all comes flooding back to me in a mix of emotions. I started fishing because it was fun, too. How could I have forgotten that? But fortunately, I am quickly restoring a proper perspective, thanks to toothless grins and giggling boys. Watching them fish has brought a deeper level of joy and satisfaction to me than my own fishing exploits. Occasionally, I still go fishing without them, but more and more I find myself thinking that I wish they could be with me. They grow up so fast and there are so few days to spend with them that I hate to miss out on any opportunity.

Someday, he will be a little bigger, and the fly rod will be easier for him to handle. But for now, his spinning rod will suffice. I am not in a hurry.

Tim Daughton is an product developer for Orvis Rod & Tackle.

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