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Page 12 :1 T r, - April 11,2012 Father's fish tales full of watery adventure My dad is retired now and fish- es just about every chance he gets. Being retired, he gets a lot of chances. He taught me young all the skills needed to catch fish. From the results of some of my outings, I + probably should have listened a bit more closely. Besides being a great angler, Dad was also a great practical jok- er and wanted to have a little fun on his outings. Perhaps this is the part of his teachings where I paid the most attention. Being a jokester requires some give and take and I recall one of the funnier stories that fell into that category. Dad and one of his fishing bud- dies always met at the same park- ing lot, from which they would take turns driving to one of their favorite lakes. Dad always arrived first and his buddy would usually show up OUTDOORS Scott --- a few minutes later. 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Every time he looked over at the other car, the woman smiled and waved. Fi- nally, his buddy pulled off the wig and sunglasses and started laughing so hard he almost wet himself. He had bought a new car and wanted to play a joke on Dad. It worked. Decades of fishing hive pro- vided my father with lots of stories some of which are even true. He was always competitive, especially having raised three of us boys. He once tried out a new fish scent formula that he used on his lures and began outfishing his buddy by at least a 2:1 ratio. Every time he cast out it would leave an oily film on the water. When his buddy enquired about this suspicious film, Dad re- plied that it was probably oil from his motor. He pulled more fish to the boat as his buddy inspected his motor. The secret wasn't revealed until the next trip. Dad was fishing alone one morning in his canoe with only two other boats on a lake. An older guy was in a small collapsible boat and the other boat was on the far side of the lake. After a while he suddenly heard anglers from shore yelling and pointing frantically saying that the elder gentleman disappeared. Dad looked over and verified that the boat did indeed appear empty. He cranked up the trusty o1' trolling motor to full speed (some- where around 1.5 mph) and pointed the bow of the canoe in the direc- tion of the boat. The Coast Guard was on its way. Dad's heart "was poundifig, thinking the guy fell out of his boat and probably drowned. It took him a while to reach the boat and as he approached he didn't see any body floating. Then he pulled right up to the bo,at and saw the guy spread out on the bottom. He thought the guy had a heart attack and wondered how he was going to transfer to the boat to administer CPR out in the middle of the lake. He shook the boat and asked, "Hey buddy, are you all right?" The old fella lifted his head and said he was taking a nap and this was always part of his routine. It was around 9 a.m. and he'd only been there an hour when he decided to snooze. Dad told the guy he gave him a scare and went back to fish- ing. One time Dad was trout fishing with a friend on a river when they noticed a bird connected to some fishing line trying to fly but unable to break free. Evidently, a fly angler wrapped his line around a branch on an er- rant backcast, broke the line and the fly must have been dangling there when a tufted titmouse came along and grabbed the tasty-looking mor- sel. My dad told his buddy that they needed to release the bird, so Dad pulled the branch down while his friend grabbed the bird, getting his hands "pecked pretty good in the process." With a pair of hemo- stats they managed to get the hook out and the bird flew off to its mate nearby. Many of Dad's stories have to do with ice-fishing - back before global warming came into play (he said this was the first winter that he can remember that he didn't go ice- fishing). On one fairly warm winter day (maybe this was the beginning of global warming) he was out on a frozen lake with my older brother and one of his friends. Just as they were getting ready to head for shore at the end of the day, some heavy fog settled in, putting visibility at less than 100 feet. They loaded up their gear and made their way in the direction they thought would lead them to their vehicle. A few minutes later they ended up right back where they started. Dad finally used the wind to his advantage, knowing it was blowing up the lake and they had to go down the lake. They eventually made it back to the parking lot. I IlUALaTY THE OaF'F'ERENCE 94 CHEVROLET 1500 EXTENDED CAB Shod Bed Nice older truck.., newer transmission, runs & drives great! 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He said to his buddy, "Hey John, watch this." He reached down and flipped a 6-pound largemouth bass onto the ice. On one ice-fishing outing, Dad wanted to have some fun with an- other of his buddies who sometimes liked to fish away from others. Some Boy Scouts came out on the ice and began talking with Dad and he told them, "See that old guy down there? Don't get too close to him; he's a little weird and senile." The kids made a wide detour around him, even going out to the middle of the lake to avoid the "cra- zy man."His buddy thought it a bit strange why they made such a wide arc around him. Another time Dad and this same buddy were ice-fishing at a lake that had a Girl Scout camp on its shores. They were tromping down to the lake through the snow and approached a cabin. Dad said he heard a bunch of kids screaming and carrying on inside. He went over, cupping his face in his hands and glared in. Suddenly more screams came from inside. Apparently the girls inside weren't expecting Nanook of the North or a yeti that day. Dad then took off at a rather brisk pace for the lake while his buddy came ambling behind him just in time for a woman to come out and start yelling at him. Mean- while Dad looked back from a few hundred feet ahead, laughing all the way. Scott Staats is a full-time outdoor writer who lives in Prineville. Contact him by e-mail at news@ sweethomenews.com. Please put "For Scott Staats" on the subject line. Concealed Handgun License Class Held locally in Sweet Home. We license for Oregon, Utah, Arizona Carry legally concealed in 36 states! Questions Please Call: (541) 570-0345 Friday April 13th -6pm Sweet Home Funeral Chapel Concealed