We arrived at the river early on a bright clear day. The first clear day after a weeks worth of overcast and drizzle. A crisp 62deg but headed towards the low 80's.
My 12yo (I mention him alot here) was ready to hunt trout and he proceeded to do just that. Nothing was hatching right at the start so he started with an indicator and pair of nymphs. He got his first fish this way..a nice 9in rainbow. This set his confidence...he landed one brown about an hour later.
An awesome caddis and Mayfly hatch started so I switched him to dry's...a number 18 para hares ear. He landed two this way...a brook and a bow. It was somewhat of a trick shot as they were sippin at the head of this big pool. The only way to reach was from upstream so he would cast high, hard and hook the leader back...then feed line out fast to extend the drift and pickup just as the dry hit the end of the reach.
We moved around some, hitting riffles runs with swing and retrieval of nymph pairs, also targetting "hot" spots with timed/possitioned lifts.
here are pics of some of his better fish...he covered them well I think.
Just before lunch he slipped and floated his hat. The day was warm but the water...not so much. I fished the hat and him out and we headed for lunch and some dry cloths. During lunch he set himself a new goal of 12in+ fish to take home to mom for dinner. After a full afternoon of fishing he was still without his "big one". I set him up in this spot after seeing some large ones holding along a current edge and using the swing and lift..
Bingo....it was just at 12" but handsome a bow as could be. He was so happy and satisfied.
You can't pay money for this type of experience with your kid. This is the Epitome of priceless.