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Gone fishin’ … come back a world record holder

Had Deane, 9, champion fisherman. (Mark Fox/The Aspen Times)

Talk about a good summer vacation.

Had Deane, a nine-year-old Carbondale resident who currently attends fourth grade at Aspen Country Day School, traveled to Canada with his family this summer to spend time at a lodge and do some fishing.He came back a world record holder after catching two really big fish. How big, you ask? In one day, Had hauled in two 10-pound Arctic char, not to mention one 7.5-pound Atlantic salmon. All in all, it makes him the record holder in the “smallfry” division (that’s kids who are 10 years old and under) for the International Game Fish Association.

Had is a fifth generation resident of the Roaring Fork Valley – his family began the T-Lazy 7 ranch on Maroon Creek Road. He practices his fishing on a stocked pond on his family’s property in Carbondale, and says fishing is “something fun to do.””I like the part when you get to eat dinner,” he says. There’s no type of fishing Had says he doesn’t like. Had’s parents, Buck and Natasha Deane, all went up to the Flowers River Lodge in Labrador, Newfoundland, Canada, for the second time this summer. The family piled into a single engine float plane to go fishing for a day.

Had says that pulling in the two 10-pound Arctic char wasn’t too tough, but his dad tells a slightly different story.

“You looked a little tired,” Buck said to his son. A mama bear and cub turned up on the beach as Had was celebrating his second big fish – Buck said the guide threw some rocks at the bear to keep it away.Soon after, Had used his fly rod and hooked the 7.5-pound Atlantic salmon. Since it’s catch and release only in the area for salmon, the family put the fish back, but they did come back with the two 10-pounders.

Lodge owner Jim Bertin put out an e-mail about Had’s catches, and then Canada’s media began calling. Buck Deane said his son was recognized in the airport on the way home by Canadians who had seen pictures of him on television, and was doing interviews over the phone with Canadian newspaper reporters.Had is pretty casual about his new title as a record holder, but he’ll tell you his fish tale if you ask about it – of course, it’s more actual fish than tale.