interesting coincidence as i was reading back through GOne Fishin9 while thinking of setting up a post on Davie McPhail’s Gray Ghost streamer and found this little gem.
in Davie ‘s version there isn’t a cute little helper or background birdsongs but it’s still a pretty nice fly even though he deviates quite a bit from the original above while still calling it a Grey Ghost…
you’ll find a lot more fly fishing kids in the brainwashem’ young series.
please share these with either your own kids or ones you might have borrowed along the way. our passion of the aquatic world and everything that goes with it is a good one, and one well worth passing on.
this happy little boy happens to have as father one of the most respected fly casting instructors in the world. when Mac Brown speaks, people pay attention. Mac is on another plane compared to most and his input is always invaluable. looks like his input is working just fine here too !
“We spent an hour just casting with no fly -he holds the small Echo Ghecko rod like a 2 handed switch rod because he is still really small. we worked on mostly dynamic rolls and various pick-ups because that is what he needed the most to actually fish. he talked about it all last night and was quite excited for the big day !”
the big day’s result:
a big-’ole smile and somewhere in that fathomless net is a brook trout, big congrats Connor ! watch out for this kid, folks…
sixteen years old and already a regular at the the big fairs in Sweden, Joel Björn’s enthusiasm, curiosity and tying excellence all means we’ll be hearing a lot more about this young man in the future and i’m certainly looking forward to that.
here’s a little suspended chiro parasol emerger he tied at the Stockholm show last week-end. at first i was a bit sceptic of the continued red post between the fly and ‘parasol’ but thinking about it further i got the “Ahaaaa, this is genius !” reaction because of how it all must look from underwater reflected on the surface’s mirror. good one Mister Björn !
be sure to check out Joel’s blog here for more fantabulous flies.
along with Emma, these two are the new faces of Sweden’s fly-tying scene.
the future looks bright indeed…
on a personal note, i think the two of them should get ‘together’ and make a whole Armada of little fly-tyers to replace all the old stagnant fuddy-duddies that repeat the same old patterns again and again and take themselves way too seriously !
these two little guys where so enthralled by all the flies on ‘Tying Street’ that they decided there and then, greatly stating to their mother that from now on they’d get rid of their bobbers and worms and fish flies only. right on !
after a quick photo, they both left with some flies to start them off.
i get the feeling we’ll see them again…
15 years old and already a regular fly tier in all the Swedish fairs, very talented Emma Lindgren’s turning into (well, already is… ) a wonderful representative of our activity and and a great inspiration for kids everywhere.
i’m looking forward to seeing her again in the coming shows in Stockholm this month.
Alistair, 3 and already likin’ the fluff. 6 year old Royce during his first casting lesson with his new rod. outstanding form and looking at his back cast. wow ! dad ‘Agitated Angler’ Acey has told me regarding the ‘brainwashem young’ series here: “I’ve actually shown him those pics. He usually demands a tying session directly after seeing them.”
now if anything’s cooler than that, i don’t know what cool is…
couldn’t pass up this great find from Reel Sisters’ Facebook page.
please share these images and all the others from the ‘brainwashem’ young’ series with your little ones and little friends. nothing’s more encouraging than to see others just like them become part of the wonderful world of fly fishing.
offering comprehensive insights and information on just about every aspect of fly fishing for trout and salmon, these books make fantastic gifts for the little ones and are a nice addition to our guidance and tutoring. bringing them back to the realm of books, the feel of paper and who knows, maybe the sense of discovery and imagination sorely missing from fast-food internet.
“My First Trout is a must for every child. Author Eoin Fairgrieve will capture the imagination of every budding fly-fisher. The book is beautifully illustrated in watercolour by acclaimed artist Ronnie Glass and includes chapters on the trout’s lifecycle, water safety, basic fly-casting, tackle advice and care for the trout and its habitat. A delightful book and a perfect present for your daughter, son, nephew, niece or grandchild”
following in the footsteps is Eoin’s second book of the series: My First Salmon