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Saint Patricks Day Blog

Happy Saint Patrick's Day

Okay, I couldn't find anything about fishing and Saint Patrick's Day (except for what's above), so I offer here 10 trivia facts for the day – there are many more if you care to google it...:

  1. Although St. Patrick's Day originated as an Irish holiday commemorating Ireland's patron saint, Patrick was actually born in Britain. He first went to Ireland as a kidnapped slave and only later returned as a bishop and missionary.

  2. St. Patrick's Day was originally kept as a religious holiday; it wasn't until immigrants in America began to celebrate it that it became a secular celebration of Irish heritage.

  3. For many Irish, St. Patrick's Day is a celebration of the miraculous works of their patron saint, such as his successful prayer to God to keep "venomous beasts" from inhabiting their island.

  4. The four-leaf clover is a popular symbol of St. Patrick’s Day, but the symbol's origin is from a legend about Saint Patrick using a shamrock with three, not four, leaves to explain the Christian doctrine of the Trinity.

  5. On St. Patrick’s Day of 2017, a worldwide total of 13 million pints of the Irish stout Guinness were consumed.

  6. St. Patrick’s Day celebrates Ireland’s patron saint, who is credited with converting Ireland to Christianity in the 5th century CE.

  7. St. Patrick’s Day commemorates the date of Saint Patrick's death. According to legend, Patrick was 122 years old when he died.

  8. Wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day is a tradition that stems from the lore surrounding leprechauns. The little tricksters supposedly pinch anyone within sight, unless the person is wearing green, which makes them invisible to leprechauns.

  9. Leprechauns are commonly associated with St. Patrick’s Day; however, these fairy-type creatures come from Celtic folktales rather than Irish or Christian lore.

  10. People all over the world eat corned beef and cabbage as a traditional St. Patrick's Day meal, but this food combination is actually Irish-American rather than Irish in origin.

Tying the Green Weenie

Barry hates the name “green weenie” so I'm going to slip this by him because it's the perfect fly to feature in the Saint Patrick's Day blog. This is perhaps the easiest fly for anybody to tie and one that should be in every fly box. Here George Daniel talks to us about the fly and demonstrates the tying steps. (We have the tungsten Green Inch Worm in our store.)

Thank you, George, and the PA Fish & Boat Commission.

Brook Trout and Banyon Trees

And to wrap it up this week, I found this lovely little essay by Bob Romano. I love the way Bob thinks and this place where he is sitting and thinking sounds very green. He always grabs our attention and gives us things to ponder.

Thank you, Bob, and Wordpress. Have a great week! Thanks for following.

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