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By PastorBen
Hey there…..

Once again I find, myself deficient in posting on this wonderful forum, after my failed attempt at the small mouth fly swap, I kinda drifted away…
My health has been sorta good …. I had a minor setback in September, but am on the road to getting better. My yearly trip to the MRI tube showed no new growth on the remains of the old tumor….but some minor growth on the tumor that showed up two years ago, though there seem to be no oblivious effects…so that is good….

I did not do as much fishing this year as I would have liked(but then, who does)….. I spent more time on my Photography and with my grandson….
Walking is getting harder and slower for me, and when you throw in uneven and slippery, wading becomes very intimidating.

Hence I pick my locations based on ease of access and the type of river bottom… but I still get out and beat the water to a froth and scare the fishes….

Usually I repost a Christmas eve sermon I wrote a while back but I think I will forego that this year.

All y’all are good folks…as I have said before, I consider myself blessed by your friendship and your kindness…..

May you all have a blessed holiday season, one full of joy and laughter.
For those who have an empty chair at the table this year may you find strength, courage and grace to get through this time of grief.

I would offer this “Christmas gift” suggestions:

To fellow who low holes you, forgiveness.
To the “guy” that shares the location of one of your favorite stretche of fishing stream with everyone he knowa, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart. and a refreshing libation….
To a fisherman who is having a bad day on the water, offer the fly that is working for you.
To your guide a don’t be “that guy” and leave them with a generous tip …..
To your “sport”, your best effort….
To the others in the boat…take an extra turn on the oars, or the push pole…
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.”

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My prayer for all ya’all is for a stupendous new year.
May the fishes be feisty and willing.
May the weather always be favorable when you go out fishin’.
Fair winds and flowing seas
May your beer always be cold and your women at your side. (hot)
May your friends keep you honest and always have your back….
And may everything else be most excellent

Grace and peace be with you all
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By flashback
Good to hear your wonderful words, Ben.

I received this quote from Winnie the Pooh:

"If there ever comes a day when we can't be together,
keep me in your heart, it will stay there forever."
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By fly-chucker
Merry Christmas PB :cool
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By The Wandering Blues
Wishing you the best this Christmas, and a New Year filled with Peace.
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By Redchaser
Ben, this post is just as wonderful as all of your Christmas Eve post. You sir, are and always have been a blessing to this funky little online and often spilling over into real life community. I hope you have a blessed and wonderful Christmas. I know that all of your loved ones will be blessed by your presence.

And if anyone has never had the good fortune of reading your annual Christmas Eve sermon, it's easily found and always worth the read at viewtopic.php?f=1&t=65712&p=683561#p683561 . I'll read it again this evening, perhaps share it with my family.

Merry Christmas to all.
By DanOver
To Pastor Ben and everyone else on here,
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, Festivus, Chanukah or whatever flavor you prefer and a happy, healthy New Year.

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By Bigguy
Pastor Ben,

I always look forward to the reruns of your Christmas Eve sermon. For me, it touches all that is good in the world, and warms my heart. This year’s blessings to this unworthy group too warms my soul. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Ben. In the coming year may the morning light be always at your back and the trout always hungry, willing to rise.
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By Ruddy Duck
I look forward to your Christmas Eve posts every year.

Many thanks for keeping the tradition alive.
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By mitch aka 2 fish
the mitchell household is very happy this morning.
elizabeth got her doc martins.
scarlett got her apple watch.
missus got her parfum.
and I was forgiven for being a lout all fucking year.
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By fishskibum
Like the tiny tim bro says
"Dog bless us one and all"
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