Dawson, age nine,
and Millie, seven years old.
see ? it’s really child-play…
Dawson, age nine,
and Millie, seven years old.
see ? it’s really child-play…
looks like Charles brainwashed himself. i hope he keeps this up and treats us with more small stream magic. enjoy !
this introduction note by Pete Tyjas caught my fancy as this topic goes hand in hand with the little 60 or so posts of the ‘brainwashem’ young’ series here on TLC designed to attract our younger friends to our passion. i can’t really figure out the ‘why’ aspect but i like the idea that each one of us does a little something once in a while to share fly fishing to someone else. sure, its quite possible we all might be eaten soon by zombies but on the other hand, we might defeat those ugly/stinking-sticky/disgusting creatures and get to continue on with our normal fly fishing lives. something tells me it’s probably worth doing.
” I’ve had some interesting conversations recently about the average age of fly anglers in the UK. It sounds like it comes in near to retirement age and has given cause for concern.
I have worked professionally in fly fishing for over ten years now and when I first started I am pretty sure these numbers were being quoted back then. Before this I have to be honest and say I had no idea.
It was a shock when I first heard this and it still is. Look at the scene in the US or Scandinavia for instance which seems to be booming. Fly fishing in these places is seen as cool, hip and trendy and works hand in hand with the whole “great outdoors” thing.
In the UK we generally don’t have access to big expanses of wilderness but we are lucky to have large areas of wild fishing where you might not see another angler. I count myself lucky to have one such example on my doorstep – Dartmoor.
Not everyone has though and it is where our reservoirs and put and take stillwater fisheries fill a gap. Small stillwaters also work well for the occasional angler who wants a few rainbows for the pot too.
But what of those of us whose lives revolve around fly fishing? We dream about it, tie flies when we can’t go, read books and enjoy magazines to fill the void. Are we a minority?
Not so long ago I was starting to think this but now I am not so sure. We have great schemes like Get Hooked which introduces youngsters to all forms of fishing, Mayfly in the classroom and numerous days run by the likes of the Environment Agency and Salmon and Trout Association. I wonder how many schemes like this were being run 30 years ago?
It seems to me that the dynamic has changed a little and there is a wide range of activities that parents take their children to. When I was younger I’d play football in the winter and cricket in the summer and do some fishing for carp too. That was about it. Nowadays, there are musical instrument lessons, horse riding, ballet, football, rugby amongst many other pastimes, along with tennis which also is enjoying a resurgence too. All along with the often-mentioned computer games.
Fishing has always been there in the background and sometimes the love for it is lost for a while and then rediscovered a little further down the line. It might be one of the reasons the average age of anglers is higher but since embarking on ESF I have met plenty of fly anglers in their 20s to 40s who fish hard, sleep in cars, chase the hatches and live for fly fishing.
It has left me far from despondent about the state of fly fishing and those entering it. We have to be honest and say it is a niche pastime but I have been greatly encouraged to see not one but two new TV shows featuring fly fishing in the last few months. One of those was on terrestrial TV too which is surely a positive. Kudos to TV execs for making such a bold choice.
So, we enter 2014 and I can’t wait to go fishing in the company of friends and hope I get the chance to bring more people into our great pastime.
Good fishing! “
and that’s just the front page of this great online magazine. be sure to check out all the rest by clicking the logo above or HERE
papa Matt Tripet says “My little Isabella is rocking some wonderful Spey casts!” and the rest of us can just stay in the background, admire and woW in anticipation of seeing just how good she’ll be at this by the time the little darling’s ten…
super-good going little buddy ! hope to catch up with you again soon.
as for dad Ulf Hagström, author of the very much read article Think differently – The fish eating fish fly , be sure to dig through his site The way of the Fly to discover some gorgeously tied hidden treasures.
one lucky indeed little chap that gets to have such a nice belly-cam view of dad Scot Hinkel doing the do as well as doing the do gets.
the brainwashem’ young series, mostly intended to be shared among kids themselves because age groups tend to relate to their own better than from other age groups, this one’s for the parents and kind of settles the silly “At what age should i start my kids fishing ?” question that pops up so regularly. the simple answer is there is no age.
sure, Phoenix isn’t doing a whole lot more than looking, enjoying the sights and sounds but then, at his development stage that’s already a whole lot of information and this information is good, wholesome, healthy and fun and those impression stick. add to that the inevitable bonding and who knows, maybe actually feeling an increased heartbeat when dad hooks up and fights the fish and they in turn are already hooked to fly fishing without ever having picked up a rod.
not a whole lot to learn here (except that trout eat chironomids at all stages of their development, from the bottom of the water to the top and when they come back to deposit eggs: i guess just like any other aquatic bug… ) but ! it’s still an amusing little film that might be of interest for your littles ones. i bet they’ll chuckle when the fish shows up. enjoy !
‘Fish Fight Simulator’ by Lee Cummings
actually, i’m not sure if this lovely lass is Millie ‘The Double-Haul Princess’ because they grow so fast… (it turns out it’s Millie’s sister Eryn) but regardless, it’s hard to imagine a better and funner way to teach a kid how to learn to fight a fish and be comfortable with rod and reel management before actually having one on the end of the line. fun !
“Written by professional fly casting instructor, Eoin Fairgrieve, My First Trout is an interactive children’s book about learning to fish for trout. This book has been inspired by Eoin’s work teaching thousands of children to fish, and comprises of sixteen chapters covering all aspects of fly fishing for this prized species of fish. It includes motion graphics, interactive educational tools, and an image gallery. The book is written in an informative and engaging style, and children will learn about water safety, the trout’s anatomy and lifecycle, and the importance of maintaining a healthy riverside environment. Other chapters include information on what the trout eats as well as essential tackle and fly casting techniques. This publication is an ideal reading and reference guide for any child interested in learning to fish for trout, and is particularly suitable for children between the ages of 9-16 years.”
this is the follow up ebook to My First Salmon available for download on your iPad with iBooks and at only 7$ it’s the perfect gift you don’t want to miss giving to our little friends. click the pic to access the iTunes store.
one of the nicest encounters i made whilst living in Sweden was meeting Emma Lindgren. first time was three years ago at a fly fair where at 13 she was tying trout flies up there with the big guys. at later shows she was mostly tying big pike flies for big pike at the Vision stand, always a smile and bright as a star, she’s one of those special people that always brings a smile to my face and seeing these new pics from a recent trip to Alberta did just that.
i’m looking forward to next year’s update. i wouldn’t be surprised in the least if it’s about a bonefish, permit, tarpon Grand Slam…
no, outside of being an object papa Daniel Bergman loves to play with, he most probably doesn’t have a clue what this strange object is but there’s a good chance that later on the ‘metal-thingy/papa-fun’ image will remain and come back when the time is right.
‘brainwashing’ in the sense of this series’ title is all about letting the wee ones discover our wonderful enriching activity on their own with little hints and gentle guidance from us along the way. even if it’s a 700$ rod or vice, go ahead, let them play with your toys. it’s one of the better things these toys will ever do.