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How Can You Fish Without A Real Fishing Pole??
A tale from �back in time� of kids using their imagination to while away a lazy summer afternoon.
As a young girl, the only other kid in the neighborhood I had to play with was a boy my age that lived down the road from me. We lived in the country in a quiet neighborhood with a sheep farm down the road that had winding stream that ran behind their property and my neighbor�s house as well. Needless to say, I learned to play with �boy toys� such as his farm toys, cars ,etc, and played Cowboys and Indians (that should give you a hint of what era!), and I was always the Indian for some reason!! For some reason, he never wanted to reciprocate in playing �house� or dressing dolls!!
However, we discovered a hobby that we both enjoyed! Fishing!! The creek behind his home was our playground and we spent hours wading, swimming, catching crawdads and fishing together. I never touched those crawdads! They had pinchers and looked scary! Ewww!
Once I got past touching those nasty squirming worms, and baiting my own hook (he wouldn�t let me use his lures!), I really had fun fishing. We were about 9 years old and got along pretty good for a boy and a girl. He had his own fishing pole and neat looking lures, and I had none! There was an old fishing pole that his Dad had that I was allowed to use and when that fishing pole broke�I had nothing to fish with!!
My friend didn�t feel sorry enough for me to let me use his fishing pole, so he and I started poking around in his Dad�s work shop and found a long stick and some string which we tied to the end of the stick. Then for a hook, we used a nail and hammered it into a shape that we thought made a good hook. There it was�my homemade fishing rod!
I actually got a worm onto that nail and cast my line out into the creek at the deepest point I could find. Believe it or not�I actually caught a fish on that homemade fishing pole! Our parents were amazed! It wasn�t a keeper; in fact it wasn�t much beyond the minnow stage, but hey� I caught a fish!! That�s what it was all about for us! We have went our separate ways in life and I often wonder if he remembers the home-made fishing pole we made that hot summer afternoon all those years ago.
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