The Good River

I love rivers.  I often find myself standing in one or on the shore of one.  My mind often drifts into the past, half expecting to see a canoe with native people come around the bend going about their daily work.  As reality sets back in, I embrace the scenery, the wildlife, and a peace comes over me.  I have a deep appreciation that the water still flows present day.  While I may not be fishing to sustain my very existence by the meat I hope to catch, the river provides a salve to my soul and a nourishment I get nowhere else.  To me, that is a ‘good river’, and it is a spiritual connection.

Some time ago, I was fortunate to stumble upon a retailer named “Good River”, who can be found at www.thegoodriver.com.  I had no idea how well they would capture the way I feel about rivers, outdoors, nostalgia, and Ohio, in a hat(s).  I literally love everything about the company and what they sell.  Great people selling a great product.  In my mind, they operate out of an old Victorian era factory, beside a river that could be in anyone’s hometown.  For me, it is the Sandusky River in Tiffin, Ohio.

Before I completely fade into thoughts of walking around the Heritage Festival in the early 1980’s, I better get right down to the business of why this post was initially inked.  The fine folks at Good River decided to gift me with a custom CWF trucker style baseball cap.  Easily, one of the coolest things to happen since having my website/blog!  I suppose the gift was for supporting them by sporting one of their hats (a de-stressed Ohio fish hat) in so many of my photos, but to me, I am just appreciative to them for making something I love to put on that captures my fishing and Ohio pride.


I love these two photos, my new hat & a picturesque shot of me fly fishing

After getting the new hat, I went down to the Rocky River with it, took some photos and created a new banner for the CWF Facebook Page.  I couldn’t resist getting a little bit of fishing in, but I found no takers.  I’ll blame that on the previous night’s rain, but it could have been that I was distracted taking my cap off to admire it every few minutes.  I rarely go on the record to promote something, but I will say without reservation to go check out the Good River website, I’m willing to bet you will find your new favorite hat.

Bill Dance likes my bass

There is probably nothing more American than I can think of than Apple Pie, baseball, and pond fishing for Largemouth Bass!  Most of the fish I catch in ponds are smaller or less than average sized.  Every now and then though, a big grand-daddy pig amongst guppies comes along and gives a great memory, such as the fish below.

A dandy sized Ohio Largemouth Bass

As for the title of this blog entry… I started an Instagram account and have began posting some of my fishing photos to it.  I noticed that the “Official Bill Dance” liked a variation of the above picture.  So if this bass is good enough to get a ‘like’ from Bill Dance, it’s plenty of validation to me it’s a nice fish.  Thanks, Bill!, I feel almost fishing famous!

Father and Son, summer fishing

Although the time to post updates on the blog can prove difficult, there has been plenty of fishing this summer.  A lot of the fishing has been from shore with my son.  He is growing up so fast and it is amazing how each trip he can do more and more on his own.  I guess it is a lot like life in many ways, so I will treasure everything he still needs my help with.  The photos below are from a trip earlier this summer where we were catching Freshwater Drum, Green Sunfish, White Bass, and Channel Catfish.  Hopefully, I am grooming him to be just like me, in appreciating all of the species.

I love the look of Bryce’s intensity in this photo

One of the few times he let me net the fish, he loves having that job

Regardless of the fish, I love these father & son memories

Lippin’ the fish like a pro

I have to admit this entry is very self serving, no trophy fish photo, no awesome report, just a dad proud of his son and the simple joy of parenthood.  Days like this will be treasured and come too few and far between.  I pray he is old enough to remember them!

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