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Boise State’s Toth finds time to balance basketball and other passion

Boise State women's basketball player Emerald Toth finds time to fish while being a student-athlete.

Boise State’s Emerald Toth couldn’t even walk before she got her first taste of fishing.

“At 30 days old, I was in the fly boat and drifting down the river,” she said.

Toth has now brought those fish stories over from her hometown of Bozeman, Mont. to the women’s basketball team.

“Fly fishing is all about presentation,” she said.

It probably didn’t help that CBS 2 News This Morning anchor Bryan Levin splashed around as her partner for one evening on the Boise River.

The junior is able to trade the rock at practice, for casting toward one.

“Those are really good places to try to hit,” she said.

While we all need water to survive, she need helps balance out her life among the responsibilities of being a student-athlete.

“Fly fishing gives me the opportunity to get out here and do something productive,” she said. “It takes all the stress away to do something I love.”

Especially when expectations are as high as they are for the reigning Mountain West champions.

The two didn’t catch any fish during their time on the water, but the chance to pause is really the cause for why we all fish.

Toth and the Broncos open the season on Nov. 8 when they host CSU-Northridge.

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