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Fishing - My Church

Blog by: Dale Daugherty 3/3/2014

Whenever I need to clear my mind, fishing is what I do, except, this one time.
Fishing, for me, is my get-away from the everyday routine. If I need to think, I go fish. If I need to get over a bad night on the “line” (I work in the culinary industry), I go fish. Whatever it is, I know I can go fish and be good to go!

It all started when I was in my early teens. Dad would take me fishing for anything that would bite at an over-fished under stocked pond near home. It was, at most, once a month on a weekend day. But I knew ahead of time, and, I could not wait! It’s all I thought about until that day. Dad made me learn hands on, told me the basics and let me have at it! It was always the best day of my life!

As I got older, baseball, cooking, friends, cars, and a job started to get in the way of our fishing time! I let fishing wash away! Until that day came to say goodbye!  That first month after my dad pasted away, I was strong! After that first month it all hit me and I went fishing!  Every day before work I was at the spillway. Sometimes I would catch fish, sometimes I would get skunked.  Sometimes I would meet new people or old friends; sometimes it would just be me in peace.
For months I worked 50 hours a week and fished 40 hours a week. Fishing was my Church.  Fishing at the spillway made it easier to deal with! Some days fishing I would think about the memories, sometimes my mind would be blank.

After a year, I was working more and fishing less, and, I was good with that. Every time I would have a bad day or night or just needed to get away, I would go fish. Fishing was my Church.
Fast forward to the beginning of 2014, I Fish whenever I can and I love it. Sometimes it’s for fun, sometimes it’s for Church. One night my wife was driving across state for training for work. I get a call from her shortly after she left and before I answered, I thought “Oh now”. Well, it was an “Oh no!” There was a freak accident! The car was a total loss and so were the belongings inside of it!  My wife and the passengers where all safe and made it out with no injuries.

The wife and I decided I would drive her to her training. Just so happens that the place where her training is has some really great fishing, and, I still had my fishing gear in the car.  She was insistent that I make a two day trip out of it and fish both days. Well, sure, I love fishing and it’s my church so it will help calm me down and clear my mind.

Well, I just couldn’t do it! Yeah, I fished some really nice spots. But, I didn’t fish hard. I just went on auto pilot. For some reason I just couldn’t get to that Church. Both days, it didn’t happen. This was the first time that this has happened, and, I was freaking out! What the heck!!!
Fast forward to this past Wednesday, I woke up and decided to go hit the water.  It was going to be a nice day, 50 degrees and little wind with little cloud cover. Perfect!  I got ready and headed out. Driving the speed limit the whole way there, something I usually don’t do.  All the while, I was looking at and sight-seeing scenery that I have seen dozens of times, but never really “seen”.  It was beautiful drive.  As I was pulling into the fishing spot, I watched a young bold eagle fly right over my car. That’s something that never gets old!

As I park, get the gear out, and let Kela (my pup) out, I feel myself slipping into my Church! “Now that’s the feeling” I missed on my last fishing trip! It was a great day at church, the weather, company, the peace. I’m glad it all came back! Even though I didn’t catch a single fish, it was a great day!   

Blog content © Dale Daugherty
Blog Comments
IndieCon, CO   3/3/2014 3:52:38 PM
I like your church.
FISHRANGLER, CO   3/5/2014 8:54:37 AM
Good read
IceFishingFool, CO   3/5/2014 2:26:42 PM
Thanks for sharing Dale.
Dale Daugherty (culinarypunk), WY   3/5/2014 8:41:18 PM
Thanks guys! Definitely out of my comfort zone! But, it was fun.
opencage, CO   3/7/2014 6:26:06 AM
Agreed. Fishing can help find peace, and adrenaline also. Either way it should always make ya feel better. Thanks Dale.
Lloyd Tackitt, TX   3/7/2014 6:47:24 AM
I'm in that congregation :-)
JOHN_COSprings, CO   3/7/2014 7:24:59 AM
Great story Dale, many thanks for sharing....
MichaelP, CO   3/7/2014 7:31:50 AM
Well put. Same here. Fish on brother....
Catman1979, CO   3/7/2014 8:51:18 AM
Good stuff Dale!
Attila64, TX   3/20/2014 7:00:42 AM
Amen, I'll bring some bait.