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   An annual angling rite returns this Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8, with Free Fishing Weekend.
   Among the recollections of first time fishing experiences was one shared by a member of Oregon's Department of Fish and Wildlife, on its website.
   It noted:
   Do you remember your first time fishing? A friend told the story of how she didn't remember her first time fishing, but she did remember it was her grandfather who taught her how to fish. She was about 4 the first time she held a rod and reel in her hand and she remembered spending more time losing her tackle in the rocks of the Metolious River than bringing in fish.
   She never became a great angler at that young age, but there was one day when she was closer to 9 that she and her grandmother managed to out fish her grandfather. They had a little help from a wandering fisherman who gave them some advice and showed them a great fishing hole. That afternoon they strolled back into camp with a severe case of the giggles and a string of eight fish. She held those fish behind her back as she asked her grandfather how he had done. Disgruntled, he held up his two fish, assuming she had none. She will never forget the look on her grandfather's face as she pulled her string of fish from behind her back. The look was a combination of pride in his granddaughter, as well as fisherman's envy. Each she thinks of that day she remembers every detail with a smile. She was invited to fish because her grandfather wanted to share his passion with his grandchildren. Free Fishing Weekend is meant to build memories, bring families together and offer newcomers a chance to try the sport for free.
   Licenses and tags are not required on Free Fishing Weekend; however, all other regulations, including bag limits, still apply. This year's Sport fishing regulations are available at many sporting goods departments, including Bi-Mart.
   Of 52 event sites listed on the department's website, only one is in Jefferson County. Wizard Falls Hatchery, reached by turning north off of Highway 20 west of Sisters is shown to be hosting an event starting at 7 a.m. Saturday. Such events are mainly for kids and offer loaner rods and reels, tackle, bait and volunteers to assist. For more information on specific events, check the department website. Those interested in volunteering at a Free Fishing Weekend event or who want to coordinate an event next year are asked to contact ODFW -Aquatic and Angler Education Program staff at (503) 872-5264 x5366 or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.