By Cody Ling @kai_yo_tay

Father’s day is a special time for most. It’s a day that we get to ignore the busyness of life and remember the times we have shared with our dads. Some of us may think back to throwing a ball around in the yard with him, or seeing him man the grill on a hot summer day with the game on in the background. Dads play an important role in all of our lives. They teach us skills and instill passions that last forever, no matter how many years we have been blessed with having them in our life.

One thing I am incredibly thankful for in this life is growing up with a dad who is always getting into things my brother and I love to do. It makes it so easy to spend time together when everyone in my family loves to do the same activities. On this Father’s Day, I am especially thankful for all the times my dad has taken me fishing throughout the years. Fishing has come in many different forms growing up. It all started with catching sunfish off the dock at grandma and grandpas, to trolling Rapalas with spin gear, fishing plastics with baitcasters for bass, and eventually, fly fishing.

I remember like it was yesterday. I was 20 years old and my dad walked up to me in the yard and handed me a fly rod. He told me that it was his old fly rod set up that he didn’t use anymore and it could be mine if I wanted it. I was so interested in how this rod and reel worked. I had never tried fly fishing before that moment. I remember the summer nights getting casting lessons in the front lawn from dad and within eight years it has evolved into something much grander than I could have ever imagined.

Little did my dad know in that moment, he was handing me something that would start as an interest and turn into a burning passion that I hope to pass onto my future children. This is a big part of what Father’s Day is about for me. Remembering small moments that take place in the lives we share with our Father’s. These small moments can create a snowball effect of passion that can last a lifetime, and the legacy of our Fathers live on with it.

Thank you Dad, for handing me that fly rod so many years back. Thanks to all the dads out there who are intentional about leading their families with integrity. Thank you all for teaching us everything there is to enjoy in this life. Thank you for protecting your families and for all the sacrifices you have made to put the best interest of your family first. Take the time this year to reach out to your dad and thank him for a small moment you shared that has had a lifelong impact.

Happy Father’s Day!