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Len Thompson was my grandpa. He was the proverbial “good guy”, a soft spoken man who adored both the outdoors and his young, rambunctious grandsons, Syd and Richard. After we moved to Lacombe from Abernethy, SK in 1958, we went fishing a lot, often to a trout pond or to the locally named “Burbank”, where the Blindman River runs into the Red Deer River at a 90 degree angle. There has been a very good hole there for decades, a prime holding spot for Pike, Goldeye and Walleye, and if the stars lined up, the ultimate prize of a Brown Trout, which very occasionally wandered down from further upstream. It was a very busy place on beautiful summer evenings.
Grandpa was always zoned in on catching fish or experimenting with his spoons but Syd and I would lose interest in casting for fish quickly. It was a great place to play. The cliffs, hills and woods offered many opportunities to climb, run around, skip rocks, capture frogs & insects; all those things of great appeal to children, which have seemingly been replaced by smart phones. Regardless how fascinating computer technology is, I’m always pleased to see young families enjoying Burbank and learning the really important lessons of life.
Our computer guy David, once told me that he took his children of a similar age to that spot. He told me that they didn’t catch anything but they’d had a great time; “the kids got to poke a dead beaver with a stick”. You can’t duplicate that experience with any phone I’ve seen.
Richard Pallister is the Director of Thompson-Pallister Bait Co. Ltd. He has been with the company full-time since 1974. "Rick's Retrospect" is a series of blogs where he will share his tips, tricks, opinions and stories.
It's Fanmail Friday and we have some fantastic news to share:
1) It's Friday, which is obviously amazing.
2) You get to see this adorable photo of Darcy K's family and his kids' first fish (caught proudly on a Len Thompson 5-of-Diamonds).
3) You now feel inspired to take your own family out fishing this weekend... and it's going to be a blast!
Have a great weekend!
Thank you to everyone for your entries! It's now time to announce the winners of our Dimpled Series Giveaway. But first, a little music to set the mood....
The Dimpled Series will be available in stores Spring 2015. In the meantime our winners (because they are all such good people) have promised to give one of their lures away to a friend or family member. So, if you think you know someone on this list, it's time to start buttering them up A.S.A.P.!
Without further adieu, here are your winners (in alphabetical order by first name). Congratulations to...
Note: If your name is Brent, Dave, Chris, James, Jeff or Steve and you aren't sure if that initial actually belongs to you, please watch your e-mail. All winners will be contacted to confirm their prize and address.
That's odd. We could have sworn we heard you all chanting "Encore! Encore! Encore!" Well, if you insist....
Re-Introducing the "Xtra Heavy" Dimpled Series spoons. These weighty lures are designed to sink deeper in faster currents... You may have even used them before! In the past, these four proven performers were offered as part of our Original Series. They have now been adopted into the new (purple) Dimpled Series packaging with a bonus single hook.
Learn more about the Dimpled Series by clicking here.