Father and Sons go Salmon Fishing.
A few weeks ago I got an email from Mark Egan who was living in Austraila and was coming 'home' to Ireland to be with his family for a couple of weeks. He wished to book a day out for his father Declan and brother in law Tom.
They could only come fishing for one day, and Mark informed me that he had some experience but his dad had not, and neither had his brother in law Tom.
They arrived, and we joked that Declan would be the first to catch a fish since he had the least experience of any fishing - never mind salmon fishing. In fact I found out later that Declan did not even want to go fishing, and was 'encouraged' to spend some special time with his son on this day out.
On Declan's 5th cast ( I thought it was about 10 but he informed me that it was only 5) he hooked and large fish, and about 15 minutes later, with a lot of excitement from all of us we landed his first fish. It was a lovely 13lb salmon and was kept for a special dinner for all the family.
A couple of hours later, and just before lunch Tom landed his first salmon and safely returned it.
Mark, who had organised this big day out, didn't catch anything this time but had the fun of watching his father and brother in law land two very special fish.
Memories were made, and I am sure that we will see Declan again with a fishing rod in his hands one day soon.