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Muscle Memory


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Muscle Memory

 

Oh to feel again rush of frigid water

as I lift braided wet silk slowly

back to two then fast forward to ten

watching swinging arc carrying

invisible tippet with clinched fly

to rising bulge below riffles

with flicking fins of feeding

bass balanced forward-facing

in main channel of fast-food line.

 

Contact!

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Fly fishing, Franklin? Pardon me if one doesn't fly fish for bass -- I know nothing about the subject -- but the description of how the line is cast makes me remember what I've see of it.

 

Good title. You've packed a lot into this short piece.

 

Tony

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Thanks, Tony. If you were ever to hook a 4 lb. smallmouth with a bamboo rod in fast water, you might be in danger of heart failure. Smallmouth make trout seem weak.

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Throughout history and from Hemingway to Ewan MacColl's song "Shoals Of Herring"; the pursuit of fish has been inextricably linked to the human spirit.Your title is good: the enthusiasm and movement uplifting. Was that a military "Contact!" I felt? :smile:

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All the best of Hemingway involved fish. There has to be a genetic component to humans' fascination with fishing. I have yet to see a kid that's not thrilled with that first catch. I have given bamboo fly rods to all my children and now working on g-kids. Fly fishing in the Shenandoah is for bluegills or smallmouth. The best bait for bass is a hellgrammite, natural or fly. Becoming a part of nature is a universal curative for being down. Thanks, Geoff. I guess the "Contact" just popped out of my mechanical background. ;)

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Reading this poem evoked this from me.

Retrieving Memories

Crafted words of art

Help hook a memory’s heart

Time floating by just recalled

Casting back to a river side

Time spent bonding

Ingesting nature

With my Dad

Both a gift

Of deed and art

From the Father

 

Reconnect!

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My namesake. Excellent word choice. Thanks for the memories.

F. Delano Harden

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A deluge of praise from you Barry. Mil gracias.

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I once read a survey that claimed there are no incarcerated felons whose fathers took them fishing. I hope it's true.

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Love this! My brother has become the 'family' fisherman and has finally broken down and begun fly fishing for steelhead, his first hook up to a giant hen, might put the bass thrill to shame! ;-) I went fishing with my dad and grandfather, but now have the fondest memories of 2 boys out on a boat, fishing and laughing our a$$es off;-)

 

I love this piece!

 

Juris

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