Fishin’ for a man…

My brother thinks I should fly fish. Seems he believes it’s a perfect way for me to meet men!

I’m not so sure.

When we were kids, my folks would pull up along a roadside pond in Newfoundland… and set us up with rod and reel to enjoy a day of casting and picnicking.

I’d bring my barbies.

At some point the boredom would take over and I’d cast my rod aside to drive my orange “Barbie Country Camper” over the shale stones. We’d drive until Barbie and Ken found the perfect spot to fold out their yellow and orange plastic lawn chairs and sleeping bags… then relax by the plastic firepit!

It’s possible I could fish now… without my Barbies… but I’m not sure I’d find it as amusing.

To help me discover if fishing’s my thing… Alliance Films has given me, and the readers of Curtains, MORE movie passes! This time to the advanced screening of “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”.

Here’s the synopsis:

“From the beloved director of Chocolat and the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Slumdog Millionaire comes the inspirational comedy Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. A visionary sheik (Amr Waked) has a big dream – to bring salmon fishing to the desert. Willing to spare no expense, he instructs his representative (Emily Blunt) to turn his dream into reality, an extraordinary feat that will require the involvement of Britain’s leading fisheries expert (Ewan McGregor) who happens to think the project both absurd and unachievable. That is, until the Prime Minister’s overzealous press secretary (Kristin Scott Thomas) latches on for its potential as a ‘good will’ story. Now, this unlikely team will put it all on the line and embark on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible, possible.”

Here’s the trailer…

And here’s how you win double passes to the movie…

Comment on this post (Facebook, Twitter and comments on other posts won’t count) with your name, email address and a description of the biggest fish you’ve ever caught! Your name will be entered (once) and on Friday, March 16th, I’ll draw the names (using the website and notify the winners by email on how to get their passes to…

“Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
Wednesday, March 21st
7:30pm (doors open at 6:30)
Bayers Lake Cinemas, Halifax

Good Luck!

(Oh… and if you’re having trouble making a comment, send me a note and I’ll help you sort it out!)

14 Replies to “Fishin’ for a man…”

  1. I think you've seen more than a few pictures of the biggest fish ever caught (by Craig, since I'm not that outdoorsy.) I won't be in town if I do win the tickets, but that old memory brought a smile to my face so I wanted to share it with you. Sounds like a great movie! TLH

  2. Ohhh Colleen, The biggest "fish" that I ever caught was 6', 200 lbs, mop of dark hair and a killer smile! Yeah, you guessed it, my Derek. He's my best catch ever!
    However, I did fish as a kid/teenager A LOT! There was a river behind our house and all the neighbourhood kids gathered there often. Great memories….I gotta take my kids fishing this Spring!
    Heather Clarke

  3. I moved to NS at age 10 from Toronto and was really excited about living in the country that first summer. Shortly after we moved in the boy across the road offered to teach me how to fish in a nearby brooke. I sat there excitedly for what seemed like a very long time until finally I got a bite. When he pulled up my make-shift fishing pole sure enough there was a good sized fish at the other end dangling. Wow I did it I thought! But then the realization came that I was killing something and started to cry. I begged that he throw him back in and he eventually did in a huff (apparently my fishing guide was already cooking him up in his mind). He never offered to take me fishing again and to be honest -I never wanted to go again. I clearly didn't have the heart for it 🙂

  4. The biggest fish I ever caught was while deep sea fishing off PEI. I don't think is was overly large but at the time I was only 6 and it was HUGE and gross!

  5. Loving the stories!!!

    @TLH… yes, I remember that picture well. Times with you and Craig… and the memories associated with everything back then… still bring a smile to my heart. Thanks for the memory!

    @Karen… such wonderful times growing up in Newfoundland! Sounds like you had a similar childhood to mine.

    @Heather… I agree, you have one helluva catch! Maybe I'll be so lucky one day!

    @Sharleen… sounds like the kind of fishing I'd do as well. Too Funny!! Oh… and I need your email address to enter you in the contest!!!

    Keep the stories and entries coming folks!!!

  6. @Valerie… I've never deep sea fished either… don't think I could take the sea sickness!!!

  7. I am scared to death of fish. Mom said only 2 people she ever knew walked on water – Jesus and me, when a fish swam by me at Oakfield Park. Mom never saw someone get out of the water so fast….

    Also once my Uncle took me fishing but I was scared to catch a fish, so I wouldn't cast out deep enough, or put any bait on my hook!

  8. Hilarious comment from "unknown"… send me your email address so maybe you could win the tickets! Unless that would be a horror film for you!!!

  9. When I was a young girl I spent some summers at my uncle's hunting camp on an island close to Killarney Ontario. I spent my days fishing, swimming, reading, playing cards, and board games with my cousins. No TV, No cell phones, No computer, just me and nature. The largest fish I ever caught was a Northern Pike (not a member of the band) and it was this( ) X 30) big. I caught many other fish also, small mouth bass, and perch. My uncle passed away three years ago and my cousin, his son, passed away suddenly this past December. At both funerals memories of my time spent on that island came flooding back….those lazy summer days were good, and so was the fish we ate every night. Cindy Riguse

  10. i caught a minnow at my grandparents cottage when i was little…I swear it was this big!….seriously though I'm not sure fly fishing is the way to find a guy…maybe you could check out the fly fishing magazine section of Chapter's…

  11. Anonymous said…
    I too grew up spending many summer weekends next to most of the salmon rivers in Newfoundland. I didn't play with barbies but enjoyed stacking the smooth round rocks created by the rushing water. I was too small to be issue a rod and reel, but was fascinated by dad's catch, all laid out, in order of size, on a piece of newspaper for a photograph. They were tasty too. I didn't catch any fish, but I caught a lot of good memories.