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pryal74 04-23-2012 09:59 AM

A proud father moment...
The water levels on one of my favorite Steelhead rivers finally dropped to the lowest I have seen this year. I actually felt safe enough about it to take my daughter out fly fishing for an afternoon.

Varilya landed a huge Steelhead on the fly, her first ever. It was an extremely intense battle... which I could have had ten heart attacks. I am beyond proud of my little girl!

The best part of the whole experience was seeing her face when she held him and let him go. She tells me, "Dad, he's so beautiful!" The fact that she is 8 and was so happy to release him, makes me incredibly proud. I love the fact that she gets all of it. I couldn't be happier with her.

Davo 04-23-2012 10:08 AM

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Congratulations to you daughter and too you!! Very nice fish at any age but awesome for an 8year old!! You'll never stop telling the story. :D;):p

HuronRiverDan 04-23-2012 10:09 AM

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Congrats to your daughter! Very nice first Steelie; hopefully the first of many more...


brookfieldangler 04-23-2012 10:10 AM

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Fantastic! Her catch and her excitement of letting that fish go are most definitely something to be proud of.

jpbfly 04-23-2012 10:30 AM

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You have indeed two good reasons to be proud...your daughter caught an amazing fish and she was happy to release him:)
Hats off Warilya:worthy::worthy:

mcnerney 04-23-2012 11:35 AM

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James: Congrats! You will remember that moment forever, What a fantastic way to spend time with your daughter.

stimulator2 04-23-2012 12:15 PM

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Congrats to you and your daughter.That will be one great memory for the both of you.

theboz 04-23-2012 01:46 PM

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Conratulations to you and your daughter!!! Great fish . Great release! I know from experience with my daughters and son the only thing better than catching a great fish is seeing them do the same and then letting it go. No better feeling!!

popperfly 04-23-2012 02:07 PM

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What a wonderful day you had bonding with you daughter and the best part she caught a MONSTER!! I would be a proud Dad also!

Congratulations Varilya on your first huge Steelhead :thumbsupu

dean_mt 04-23-2012 03:42 PM

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O man...that is an amazing Great Lakes Steelie! Congrats to your girl, totally awesome.

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