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Out There: On the river with my boys

Perhaps a river mistress might charm my sons, as she had me, and I'll see hope for the future of these precious waters.

Updated: September 28, 2004, 1:34 PM ET
By Keith "Catfish" Sutton |
Special to ESPNOutdoors.com

Throw a tent in my gear, and it's sure to rain. And Aug. 11, 1996, was no exception. The minute we shoved off, a frog-strangler started.

The boys were undaunted. The adventure had begun.

From the start, it was a trip for my sons — Matthew, 12, Shaun, 11, and Jared, 10. I had promised them an unforgettable journey — a 60-mile float on the Arkansas and Mississippi rivers. Three friends went along — "Uncle Bill" Hailey, a close companion; my best friend, Lewis Peeler; and ...

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