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How do you talk when you take a kid fishing?

After receiving her free fishing rod, Kylee Hahn, 4, of Cheney wastes no time hauling her mom out to the beach at Clear Lake to try her hand at catching trout during the annual Kids Fish-In on May 1. (Rich Landers)
After receiving her free fishing rod, Kylee Hahn, 4, of Cheney wastes no time hauling her mom out to the beach at Clear Lake to try her hand at catching trout during the annual Kids Fish-In on May 1. (Rich Landers)

OUR KIDS -- "Take a kid fishing" is an accepted slogan in the outdoor industry ... Most people agree that our world would be a better place if everyone took an interest in our children and made an effort to get them outdoors.

But but Chelan-area fishing guide Anton Jones (Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service) has an observation from his years of experience that's worth considering.

Your kid’s tip of the week is to watch what you say as well as what you do, he says. 

While delivering lectures may feel like you are teaching your kid, it’s their imitation of your behavior that has the lasting effect and shapes how they behave.  How do you respond on the water to someone cutting you off?  How do you behave when they lose that big fish?  What do you do when you see someone having trouble out there?  What do you do with your trash?  Your behavior helps form their behavior and their outlook on the world.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.

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