Here's a question... Do you have fishing / hunting gear that has special meaning to you? Prized treasures that was used often by previous generations and now has found it's way to your household. Equipment that has been handed down with the expectation that it will be cherished for years to come. A fishing pole once handled frequently with love that now sits on a shelf on display, taken out and looked upon from time to time wishing that it could speak of the memories it holds. I will confess. I find myself wondering what it would be like to catch a trout lured by the fly dancing on the end of that line.
Yesterday we went for a bike ride along the Arkansas river, and I believe I eyed the perfect spot down by the shore that is calling my name. (I've also recently discovered that since fly rods fold up nicely and can fit in a saddle bag, there is no problem taking the Harley fishing after all!)
So, what cherished treasures do you possess? And do those treasures sit on shelves displayed in honor OR do you still use them for everyday fishing / hunting trips? I am torn on this one. I would love to try out the fishing pole that once was carried on horseback to a mountain stream to catch the fish of the day. Or to use the rifle so many members in the family have used to shoot their elk / deer. However, I also want to have the opportunity to pass these treasures on to the next generation yet to come. I want them to remain unharmed. You see, there is a little fear in me that being new to fishing, I may cast a certain pole right out of my hands and watch with horror as the rod is engulfed by the river waters. So, the question remains and I am not yet satisfied with what the correct answer is. Maybe, it is enough to encourage my husband to use the rod that was once held in his grandfather's hands. I would be okay with just documenting the event in photos... safely from the shore just taking it all in.
P.s. In case you were wondering... Yes, the Copenhagen can in the above photo is a prized possession in my house. This specific long cut will remain safely on display, as it contains the half can of chew from when my husband quit 7 years ago. Don't worry, I'm not torn about whether or not this should be used or remain on display. It stays on the shelf.