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Started by troutfanatic, February 15, 2015, 12:20:33 PM
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Not a TR or a photobomb session, just a progress report.
She likes Florence + the Machine, we'll start with that.
Kid number one is approaching her 10th birthday next month. She had a fly rod in her hand at age 6. But fly fishing consisted of me throwing a cast, setting a hook and handing the rod off to her to bring in a trout. She started tying flies last year and began going to fly tying classes once a month. However, the requests to fish were becoming less frequent last year. I was beginning to think I was losing her. Much to my surprise, she asked if she could attend a clinic. I said you are not old enough yet, but that is not my rule. Anyways, when yesterday's clinic ended, the wife dropped her off and we worked on casting for about 1.5 hours. we had a dropper set up with a midge she invented under a small neversink caddis. I hooked a decent bow and handed the rod off to her. She said, "Dad, I want to do it all on my own." I helped her work through the mechanics of a good roll cast and she figured it out pretty quick. Around 5 pm a hatch of midges began (yes they happen, even in hatchery ponds). The kid saw a flurry of activity as a pod of trouts began feeding on emerging midges. I told her to cast right into the center. She executed a flawless roll cast right into the middle of the feeding trout and a fraction of a second later, a quick GULP was followed by a hook set and screams of joy. She brought in a respectable 12" rainbow.
She was ecstatic and I couldn't be happier. She has it figured out, she is casting better, setting hooks better and even if it was only a stocked trout in a hatchery pond training facility, she got her first trout on a dry fly. I think I have her for a little while longer. Her birthday list suddenly changed from a bunch of video game bullshit to a new rod of her own and some waders.
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I got home and celebrated... small victories.
In the end, there is virtue in hatchery fishes; snobbery be damned.
Way to go
I was lucky to receive a couple reproductions of the "Page Midge" from a proud dad at the L&T event. Think I will give them a try.
That's awesome...good on you.
Looking forward to the day mine can row.
Quote from: troutfanatic on February 15, 2015, 12:20:33 PM
Her birthday list suddenly changed from a bunch of video game bullshit to a new rod of her own and some waders.
Send the kid my way. At least she has a shot at being a sniper on the cricks. Nice Whorevis Helios 2 and Mirage reel. You used to ride my ass for fishing them spiffy rigs. Yes, you are coming of ages Brian. Well played on all three fronts dad!
Good job, TF!
My boy turned 9 today. He makes me take him to the local stocker hole from time to time. Although his mind is on baseball currently
You get a good dad badge.
Quote from: troutfanatic on February 15, 2015, 20:03:30 PMOh and Al, I/she owes you a few more of those midges. I can't so swell to begin with let alone after I drink a six pack in an hour.
Kid says she got you covered.
Oh and Al, I/she owes you a few more of those midges. I can't so swell to begin with let alone after I drink a six pack in an hour.
Kid says she got you covered.
Aw, that is precious.
If that don't bring a grin to yer face.
Great stuff Brian! Gotta love it! Keep it up, you'll have a fishing partner for life!
Fukking awesome man
That's badass dude. Hopefully I'll be taking my son along one day. Good shit.