Take Kids Fishing>>
Fly fisherman are all in when it comes to fly fishing, but it is important to keep the sport we love thriving.
Fly fishing is a sport that thrives off of the people that love it, the people that do nothing but fly fish. These people would rather catch 10 fish on a fly rod than 30 drowning minnows on a spinning rod. Bait, worms, and bobbers are all absent of their vocabulary and being late, dressed like a slob, or without their many flamboyant gadgets is unheard of. There are very few fifty percent fly fisherman, ones that tie some, or trout fish a little. This just isn’t a sport with many solely weekend warriors. This sport has more, accurately named, week long warriors that slug it out after and before work, or all day for the retired crowd, and of course on the weekends too. We even have a solid population of ex-husbands living out of trucks that go by different names depending on which fly shop or river they’re going to on a particular day.
However one can make a point that this force is dwindling with time. Health problems, expenses, and the passing of some have dropped our numbers. Every year there seem to be a few less at the expos, conclaves, and events. As well as a lack of a familiar face at the local trout park or fly shop. There is little that can be done about it but to pass the art on to younger generations.
This is a special sport we all enjoy and I have had the privilege to become a part of it. The counsel of many have been key to my development and the growing love I have for the art of fly fishing. The younger generation of fly fisherman are as important as ever, if anything to keep what the pioneers of the fly fishing community did alive. The lack of younger faces at events and expos, with exceptions, pose a serious threat to the sport and the industry. If fly fishing should live on then it must with younger fisherman.
Taking kids fishing, especially fly fishing, is very important to conservation and childhood in many respects. With an act as complex as fly fishing it is key to help guide them through every step. When first starting out take them some place where it is just as easy to cast as it is to catch fish. Farm ponds are a great choice and 30 to 40 bluegill on a popper is almost guaranteed to get any kid hooked. Take them fishing in many different environments too, show them all the options fly fishing presents. Of course do the little things like tying there line together, untangling knots, and getting them out of trees. Nothing
will ruin someone’s interest in fly fishing like a couple of bird’s nests and losing a fly or two in the tree behind them.
In the end it is just important to have fun. After-all that’s what fishing is all about, particularly at a young age. Make rough days on the water as fun as good days by setting a positive example, grumbling around and cussing isn’t going to catch you anymore fish. So why do it? Teach people the ins and outs of what you’re doing to catch “all those fish” at the trout park, who knows, maybe you’ll get someone else hooked on fly fishing. We cannot be selfish as fly fisherman because something as amazing and great as fly fishing cannot die with us.