I was invited to come to the Cub Scout meeting last night and do a fly fishing presentation. I did this last year and it was a lot of fun, but didn't have time to cast with them. This year they moved the meeting up an hour so we wouldn't run out of daylight. There were 20 cubs at the meeting, and some brought their sisters too. Many of the parents stayed to watch was really cool.
I started out by talking about rods and reels in general, keeping the information very general.
The cubs were absolutely enthralled. They asked a lot of questions like, "What is the biggest fish you've ever caught?", and "Do you know my Grand Pa?" After the rods and reels, I pulled them in close and did a fly tying demo. I tied a Brown Wooly Bugger for them.
After answering a million questions on everything from feathers to getting hooks out of fingers, we went outside, and I showed them basic casting techiniques in the parking lot.
Even though we allowed extra time, it got cloudy and the darkness came on too soon. Each Cub got a turn with the rod.
Then their sisters wanted a turn too, which i was more than happy to oblige!
Sorry I haven't posted all the pictures, but these few should give you some idea of how it went. The rod survived getting its tip bounced off the pavement a few times. Thank goodness, not sure how I would have explained that one to the company for warranty work! At the end, after everybody got their casting turn, we went back inside, and I gave each cub a red San Juan Worm to take home. In turn, they gave me a tin of caramel popcorn! Oh, how sweet it is!