Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Fish for the Future 2005

Although we live in Vancouver, we usually find ourselves in Richmond on weekends. It seems that there is always something to do in Richmond. This weekend was no exception.

We stopped in at "Fish for the Future 2005", a modest educational event at London's Landing in Steveston. The affair didn't look like much at first glance. There were a few display booths and some kids fishing from the dock.

We thought we would check it out for a few minutes before going out for lunch. We ate lunch very late that day.

As soon as we walked in, we were drawn right into the excitement. We saw all sorts of fish and bugs, all of which are indigenous to the area but some that we had never seen before. We tried fly-casting for the first time and it was a ton of fun. We learned a lot about fish. Tom, an enthusiastic volunteer thrust some rods into our hands and showed us how to use them. They even let us keep the gear.

What really impressed me about the event was the friendliness of the volunteers. Wherever we went, volunteers shared their knowledge of fishing and the great outdoors. I’m not usually much of an extrovert but I talked my head off at that event.

I found myself drawn in by the unbridled zeal of the people. They have a terrific hobby and they are not afraid to share it with other people. As Randy the fly-casting instructor put it, "If more folks fish, we’ll get better information about where the good holes are." Of course, Randy knows that more people fishing will mean fewer fish for him. His generous nature allows him to overlook that detail though.

As a kid, I thought about little other than fishing. I read about it, dreamed about it, and did it whenever I could. Then, I grew up and let life get in the way. The Fish for the Future folks have really rekindled my interest though and I can’t wait to get out on the water again.
Kudos to
Rodney Hsu and his team of dedicated volunteers. I’m sure it wasn’t easy for them spend an entire Saturday with dry lines.


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