Next generation of anglers learning the ropes
It's the kind of Alaskana perfect for a postcard: A father and his young son, their feet planted firmly in the mucky shores of Bird Creek, fishing polls in hand, lines in the water.

But this isn't a flimsy piece of poster you'd send to a relative or friend, this is how generations of fishermen and women have passed down knowledge to their children.

"Oh I really don't count on doing a whole lot of fishing myself, it's just to keep lures on and try and keep them from hooking each other like almost happened right there, so kinda damage control and helping them to get a few in when they get a chance," dad Pat Williams said.

No video games, no TVs, no cell phones or computers -- just a slow day on the creek with the family unit and the vast expanse of nature in Alaska, though the kids we spoke with didn't seem to mind.

"I just came out, my mom woke me up and then she said were going fishing and I was pretty happy, and we caught a lot of pinks and they're too much to count," Sanne Cassee said.

"Mines mostly catching the fish and reeling them in," Greg Willisams said.

It didn't take much to hook a humpy on this day as lines tensed all along the creek, and that certainly keeps the youngsters engaged.

"It's exciting if you're getting a fish, and how big it is, and right here it's really cool because you try to get a silver salmon but you keep getting a pink, so it's really fun to see if you get a silver or a pink," Sanne said.

As for those teaching our next generation of anglers, the big payoff is a simple smile and the feeling that goes with it.

"It's just fun to see the kids playing around in nature and catching a bunch of fish," Udo Cassee said.

Indeed it is.

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