Wednesday, February 14, 2018

"Grand Kids Run"

When my grand kids were young we took them to a little stream for a day hike. They were thrilled to just walk in the water pick up stones and find lots of squirmy critters as well as a host of crayfish. The woods were full of birds and the never ending scolding squirrels. We came to a section of stream that needed some help with the flow direction. So my two engineers rolled up their sleeves and got to work. They moved some stones from the far bank and they placed them along with sticks and branches to enhance the flow enabling the water to move to an undercut bank. Construction completed we had lunch and talked about what we did and how it benefited the trout. The name given this area would be "Grand Kids Run"



Over the years nature had changed the run...I had fished it each time I visited the stream and over the years had on and off success.


"Grand Kids Run" this is how it was when I fished it one winter day.


This was the brown that was holding in the run that day.

I did a post about this outing and fellow blogger Ralph Long of "Ralph's Fly Box" read it and drew a beautiful likeness of that brown. The drawing was gifted to me and is truly appreciated.

The drawing of "Grand Kids Run" has been framed and hangs where I look up and see each time I'm at my desk. Thanks Ralph...your quite a talent.

















30 comments:

  1. Alan
    What a wonderful story!! Great read. I can't wait to see some of that green foliage.

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    1. TROUT1
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      Pete it's going to be some time before we enjoy some stream side greenery.

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  2. What a wonderful gift, Alan. That drawing is outstanding.

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    1. Parachute Adams
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      Sam Ralph does some fine work.

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  3. The drawing is quite good and the brook naming story is priceless.

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    1. William Shuck
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      Bill the name seemed fitting, for it was the grand kids who put it together. A nice memory.

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  4. Nothing like having the Grand Kids spending the day with you on the creek... Ralph does great work and he's captured a wonderful memory for you. Beautiful.

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    1. Doug Korn, Fly Tyer
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      Doug I don't know who enjoyed it more, the kids or Nana and Papa.

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  5. Always amazes me the talents our fellow bloggers have other than fishers extraordinaire. Great story

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    1. Mark Kautz
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      Mark we are a talented group...everyone has something to offer.

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  6. Ralph is a "renaissance man" indeed (writer, artist, fly tier, angler.... Nice post Alan.

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    1. John Dornik
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      John have you visited his blog site? It's worth the traveling.

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  7. Wonderful story Alan, I remember with my son too,he is a fisherman with me, very nice that drawing,

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    1. Armando Milosevic
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      Armando there are many fine memories with families who fish with there children.

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  8. Long may kids and grown ups love splashing about in streams.

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    1. Bureboyblog
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      You can have a ball doing it...may it never end.

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    1. Bob W
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      Bob good to hear from you...I hope all is well.
      I have a few more stories with the grand kids.

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  10. I was also gifted a drawing from Ralph and he is an amazingly talented man. I never asked him where his model came from but I'm sure it was a fish he caught because, well...I don't often catch fish. Great story Alan!

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    1. Howard Levett
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      Howard this is your year.
      Ralph will have many of your fish to draw.

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  11. Alan, that fish struck a chord without knowing the story. I am truly honored to be able to add a small piece to an already perfect memory.

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    1. Ralph Long
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      Ralph your piece fits in rather nicely.
      I appreciate it.

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  12. Alan, very nice to have a stream of your own. I'm sure the grandchildren will keep the memories alive, which makes it all worthwhile. Ralph did a remarkable job on that trout. I admire such talent. I cannot draw or paint anything but I love people that can. Thankyou for sharing that memory.

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    1. Brad Basehore
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      Brad I for one have difficulty coloring a picture in a coloring book. To be able to draw like Ralph does is impressive.

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  13. Superb Alan, long may it continue.

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    1. George
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      George sights are so much more intense when seen through the kids eyes.

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    1. Kevin Frank
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      Kevin, Ralph has a way with bringing life to paper.

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  15. Alan
    Nothing like Grandchildren to brightens one's day---thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill Trussell
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      Bill they offer up so much, and they are over flowing with energy. They keep us young.

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