By Montana Grant

Posted: June 14, 2020

There are good and bad infections. Some bad infections are caused by a virus. Other infections are highly contagious. You simply need to be around them. Social distancing, facemasks and medications will not help. There will many peaks and reoccurrences as the infection progresses.

Once your infected, you are hooked for life! These infections are habit forming, expensive, and entertaining. Fishing is highly infectious and fun! Children are easily affected. Showing others how to fish will spread the infection.

It starts with a BITE!!!

Braiden Walsh is a perfect example. Early in his life, he was exposed to several other infected fishermen. They kept him around, shared stories, and allowed him to watch. Braiden first discovered that he loved to eat fish. His Dad would bring home a batch of filets and Mom would quickly cook them up for dinner. Braiden would Pig Up the whole meal before everyone else got to the table. Talk about a Feeding Frenzy!

It started early. Grandpa Tom would take Braiden on his boat in the Chesapeake Bay. Boating was fun but fishing was hard. He enjoyed the adventure but was mainly a spectator. Rockfish, Croakers, White Perch, and trout would fill the coolers and Braiden’s belly.

His symptoms were getting worse! As Braiden got older, he wanted to be around the water and fishing more. Smiles and happiness are just two of the first symptoms. Figuring out the rod and reel began to make life easier. Practicing and experimenting helped him learn more. All the while, the infection was spreading.

Braiden’s infection will start small. Maybe a few hooks and cane pole. Then it leads to better and more expensive tackle, and gear. Ultimately the infection leads to bigger boats, trucks, trips, and adventures.

His fever was rising! Braiden became incurable after short episodes became long ones. At first, he would want to fish for just a few minutes. Minutes turned into hours and hours into days. Soon his mind was thinking about fishing more and more.

Braiden will need more medication! Gear, tackle, clothing, and time to go fishing will be his prescription. Throughout his life the infection will posses him. No new spinner, fly, or rig will be missed. No river, creek, Bay, or ocean will be ignored. Braiden will spend his life looking for the cure.

This year, Braiden became a fisherman. His dad took him trout fishing. He had been before but that was before the infection had spread. His new fishing hat, rod, boots, vest and tackle helped him look like a real fisherman.

His first trout trip ended with his first limit of fat and fine Rainbows. His next trip filled a limit, but Braiden also netted his first Golden Trout! Every trip means more fun, time with family and friends, and FISH!

Braiden is becoming a proud fisherman. It will take years for the incurable disease to progress. The infection also causes respect for the environment, following rules and limits, learning new things, and enjoying being around waters. When we fish, we relax, relieve stress, and find joy in all things fishing.

Braiden is growing up and learning about life, and “A River Runs Through It!”

Tight lines and Screaming Reels Young Man!

Montana Grant

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