Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day everyone!  I wouldn’t be in this place today if it wasn’t for my dad bringing me up to Eagle Falls Lodge 20 years ago.  I couldn’t get enough and was immediately hooked (haha, get it?!)  Little did I know I was only 14 years away from convincing Carrie to buy the place I loved spending time each summer.  Here’s the evidence circa mid to late 90s.

I know…this 11 year-old looks too skinny to be me.  
1996 Travis

My pops 20 years ago with a sizable walleye
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Here’s a tip for you: invest in quality rain gear.  This suit is a step above a trash bag and I doubt it kept me dry.  But that didn’t stop me from coming back every year.  
1996 Travis stringer

Action shots are the best.
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Well, here’s how to not hold a fish.  Apparently I wasn’t a natural.  And I apparently enjoyed baggy T-shirts.
1996 Travis bad fish hold

When my siblings turned 10 or 11 they got to join in the fun too.  Here is the Mack crew in 2004.
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So dads are pretty important.  If my dad hadn’t made the last-minute decision to include me on a trip with most of his co-workers I may not be here today.  So take a kid fishing.  Not your kid?  Take them anyway!  Who knows where it might lead?  So thanks dad!  And Happy Father’s Day to everyone else!

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