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    Default A good evening with the Cub Scouts

    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!
    Homer

    There is no greater fan of fly fishing than the worm. ~Patrick F. McManus, Never Sniff a Gift Fish, 1979

    Anger is like peeing in your pants: everyone can see it, but only you can feel it. ~Jeff Yalden

    Remember: The winner gets to write the history books.

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    Homer: You are a good man! What a great way to peak the interest of young kids and get them to thinking about fly fishing.
    Larry


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    Way to pass it on! Great crowd.

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    Nice! I remember how much the cubs enjoyed the fly tying nights.

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    Homer, sounds like a great night! While I definitely did the Fishing merit badge in Boy Scouts, I was never introduced to fly fishing unfortunately.
    - A.J.

    Working out a way to convince my university to allow me to hold my TA office hours on the nearby creek...

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    As an eagle scout, I like this. Once they get to boy scouts they have a fly fishing merit badge now too!

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    Cub Scout meetings held in a church and watching a fly fishing demonstration!!! Should be a Norman Rockwell painting of that scene...Thank you for sharing Homer!

    Dave
    I was going fly fishing until my wife suggested it, now I can't tell who is outsmarting who!

    Being "one with nature" requires a knowledge of what animals are living nearby and a weapon of sufficient magnitude to give you at minimum an equal chance of survival. No one has an invisible aura that animals can detect and sense your good intentions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by littledavid123 View Post
    Cub Scout meetings held in a church and watching a fly fishing demonstration!!! Should be a Norman Rockwell painting of that scene...Thank you for sharing Homer!

    Dave
    The small town I live in, Berlin, (population around 2000) is really old, sleepy, and one big Rockwell scene. I love it! No place is perfect, but it really is a great place to raise a child.
    Homer

    There is no greater fan of fly fishing than the worm. ~Patrick F. McManus, Never Sniff a Gift Fish, 1979

    Anger is like peeing in your pants: everyone can see it, but only you can feel it. ~Jeff Yalden

    Remember: The winner gets to write the history books.

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    Homer,

    Well done! It warms my heart to see so many boys still engaged in scouting, and to see adults like yourself willing to help them along the way.

    My son just got his Arrow of Light and we have moved to Boy Scouts - started last Tuesday as a matter of fact. I was the cubmaster of his scout troop, took the boys fishing many times on our campouts, and intend to assist them getting thier Fly Fishing Merit badge this summer.

    Dave
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    Outstanding Dave! Pass on my congratulations to your son.
    Homer

    There is no greater fan of fly fishing than the worm. ~Patrick F. McManus, Never Sniff a Gift Fish, 1979

    Anger is like peeing in your pants: everyone can see it, but only you can feel it. ~Jeff Yalden

    Remember: The winner gets to write the history books.

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