So I took my fly rod to the back yard to practice a little last night and my son asked me how we catch fish with that pole. Trying to figure out how to explain it, I asked him if he wanted to try. We stood in the back yard practicing our casting as he showed his talent and listening skills. Keep in mind that he is only 7. He learned how to false cast, how to lay the line down, and how to shoot line...when it came to the roll cast, that wasn't fun to him.
So the next question was....with a big grin....can I tie flies too? Here are the results of that...
Awesome! I have a 5 and a 3 year old that I took to the local fly fishing expo in Idaho Falls this year. They had a youth section where you could help kids tie flies. I took turns tying with each of my kids. I would just ask them what material they wanted to use and we would tie stuff on a hook. One ended up looking like a Wooly Bugger! Anyway, my kids still love their flies and love to watch Dad tie too!
Tell your kid congrats on that worm. It looks great!
hi nice thread,nice photos,nice kid...lucky to begin so early.I was in charge with a flyfishing school ...years ago...and it was a great pleasure to teach children.If you've got a water hose or a big rope it migth help to show and explain how the roll cast works...without any rod...with the rod tell him to make the loop behind the rod...not easy to explain with words even in french...but for sure a very useful cast.Hope he'll catch his first fish soon with his dad!
Great stuff!! I love to see kids get into it. You can feel the deep concentration going on in those pics -he looks totally absorbed. Who needs video games when you can tie and fish?
Hope you can get him out to a local spot for bluegill soon. They're usually not too picky and would gobble up flies if you can find a good lake or pond nearby. It would be fun for the kids--- and mom too.