Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Giving Thanks

When I was young we used to go to my Grandparents home out in the country for thanksgiving.  One of my favorite memories was hunting with my Grandfather and cousins early each Thanksgiving day.  The day would usually be cold and after walking through fields and woodlands we would hike back to the warm house and enjoy a hot meal together. Even though the leaves are gone and the earth is blanketed in the grays and browns of late fall there remains a unique fondness and warmth deep inside me when I am outside in the cold around thanksgiving time.


Walking along the river this morning brought those memories back to mind. I was reminded of all the many blessings God has brought into my life, God's overwhelming gospel love for me, family, friends, provision and health but also the blessings that I often overlook like the brightness of the sun on crisp fall day as it dances on the river.



A #12 frenchie, a foam egg, and #18 Zebra midge accounted for a handful of browns




Happy thanksgiving to you and your families!

20 comments:

  1. Hi Mark. Like you, Thanksgiving Day was traditionally a hunting day. In fact, I shot my first elk on Thanksgiving during a whiteout. I wouldn't dream of venturing out under those conditions now. Staying warm and retaining the feeling in my fingers is more important. Let's give thanks for having a roof over our head and a full belly.

    Happy Thanksgiving.

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    1. Lester, we all have many, many things to be thankful for. With all that's going on in the world it good to have a day to remember that! Enjoy the day and give thanks.

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  2. Nice day Mark.
    I spent this day along a little brook catching small brookies on an elk hair caddis.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and the family.

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    1. Alan - I thought you might find a way to make good use of a fine late fall day. Happy thanksgiving to you and yours

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  3. Same with me, Mark, Thanksgiving day almost always included bird hunting in the morning with my Dad and brothers followed by the wonderful meal. Great memories for me as well. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. All the best, Sam

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    1. Sam - those memories stir a sense of thankfulness for me. Hopefully they do for you as well. Enjoy the day with your family.

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  4. HappyThanksgiving ! It was good to fish with you for a while today!! Beautiful day and a few nice browns to hand!!!

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    1. Pete - friends are one of the blessings I am grateful for this year. It was nice to share a little time with you this morning. God bless

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  5. Glad you had a nice day out there! Happy Thanksgiving to you as well. Thank you for doing your blog...it provides a nice perspective on the small stream fishing I love.

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    1. RI Brook Trout. Thanks for the encouragement and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family as well.

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  6. Mark
    You are blessed to have those memories of your Grandfather, I only wish I had known one of my grandfathers when I was young. I was three years old when both passed away. Quality browns in some gorgeous water; hope you and the family have a great Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill - I am very grateful for my grandparents. They were the best. My grandfather taught me many things including home to fish small streams for wild brown trout.

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  7. Happy Thanksgiving Mark! Thank you for your friendship!

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    1. David -Thanksgiving blessings to you. Thank you for your the generosity of your time and friendship.

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  8. Mark -
    Happy Thanksgiving. Your memories of Thanksgiving morning are great - many things to be thankful for!
    Will

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    1. Will - Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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  9. Thanks for sharing some nice Thanksgiving memories, Mark. We have lots to be thankful for. Will try to enjoy another Blue Ridge hike and fly fish outing tomorrow. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Walt - we sure do! Enjoy the Blue Ridge. Even in late fall there is beauty all around.

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  10. The Farmington is always such a pretty river... Happy Thanksgiving!

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  11. RM Lytle - Its beautiful in all seasons! Happy Thanksgiving to you as well.

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