As a father of two young ladies, I'm
officially stating for the record that fly fishing is the best
outdoor activity for all ages, especially the young ones.
But before I delve into fly fishing, let me share
something I recently discovered about my daughters when I asked them
if they'd like to go on a hike. Their response was, “Why?” My
initial reaction was to think my daughters were just being lazy.
“Well, for exercise, fresh air and beautiful scenery,” I said.
It wasn't until a bit later that the
thought dawned on me. My children weren't lazy at all, they just
needed a reason to hike, something to do once we got there. The next
time I proposed that we hike, I tested my new theory. I simply asked
them, “Who wants to go fly a kite?” Voila! Both daughters jumped
at the chance. They threw on their shoes and we hiked to the top of a
nearby hill (the very same hill we hiked prior), this time with no
questions...just smiles. We had a reason to hike. Call it what you
will, a reason, an activity, an excuse. Children just want to know
why they're doing something, and flying a kite at the top of a hill
was reason enough.
Enter fly fishing. To me, fly fishing
is the best excuse to get out of the house, to go someplace beautiful
with those you love and have something fun to do when you get there.
If done correctly, it requires very limited equipment and brings
human and nature together. Unlike adult minds that succumb to the
self-imposed pressure of knowing everything about something before
participating, children will jump right in and play. This youthful
approach to life and learning dovetails perfectly with fly fishing.
Casting a fly rod isn't hard when
you're a child. You just pull the fly line forward and stop the rod's
tip in the direction you want the line to go. The fly lands in the
water and the fish take over from there. If they're interested in
something they put it in their mouth to inspect it. It doesn't matter
what the fish thinks, the fact is, your kid just caught it...and on a
fly rod to boot.
Our Leland Rod Co. Emerger fly fishing
outfit was designed specifically for your kids (and mine). It's the
right size and weight for their smaller hands and is perfect for
catching the two fish available to just about everyone...panfish and
trout. It's balanced perfectly and makes for the easiest and most
efficient fly casts. It comes completely rigged and ready to cast
upon arrival. Just tie on a fly (any fly) and cast it on the water.
The fish will respond and you just found a fun reason to spend
quality time with your children.
Hidden behind the fun activity of fly
fishing is the real secret to the sport. Whether you drive or walk to
your water, you'll have time to talk with your kids. You'll notice
nature's best work in the form of plants and animals. You'll share
stories of your childhood and create meaningful memories that your
children will cherish forever. These are the simple but important
moments in life that will happen when you and your child fly fish.