Wife Cures Husband of Pesky Fishing Hobby

When Janet Barsky’s husband Bill took up fly fishing she figured it would soon be added to his long list of short lived interests. Over the past few years Bill has loved and left a pile of hobbies such as home brewing, golfing, wingsuit flying, ukulele, astrology, ham radio operator, classic car renovation, leatherworking, and bowling. Last year Bill’s neighbor Dale took him to the Pere Marquette River on a Salmon outing and he’s been hooked ever since. Home projects have ground to a halt and Saturdays spent perusing Bed Bath & Beyond have been few and far between.

Janet realized she needed to take matters into her own hands when she overheard Bill talking to Dale about spending a week in Montana on some river called the Beavertail or something. Not normally a devious woman, Janet was conflicted about shutting down her hubby’s new hobby so she embarked on several subtle attempts to steer Bill away from the river from pointing out news articles on the dangers of Michigan rivers to hinting that neighbor Dale was once in a mental institution, but Bill kept at it and even joined a local TU chapter.

Biff Accomplice Biff

Janet began to think that all hope was lost until she remembered his allergy to cat dander. Janet’s first attempt was a home run. Having the neighbor’s cat Biff scratch up against the cork handle of Bill’s 5-wt each evening before an outing was all she had to do. Symptoms would begin about an hour after he started fishing and would get progressively worse until his eyes were swollen and eventually his sneezing fits would put an end to every outing. Dale stopped asking Bill to tag along and Bill finally threw in the towel after a few disastrous solo outings. According to Janet, Bill has taken up ice sculpting in the back yard and is terrified of going near a river. Janet mentioned feeling a bit guilty when Biff stops by the house from time to time but she’s convinced that having a confused neighborhood cat is a small price to pay.


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