bringing the littles ones for a fishing outing usually entails a lot of fishing downtime: attention wavers, tiredness sets in quick and then there’s all those cookies that need to be eaten… but all that’s normal and just the way it should be.
as a bonus, all that non-fishing time can be a great reminder to the adult that there’s so much more to fishing than just trying to catch fish. as i often remind myself, it would be an awful shame to travel to these wonderful places without taking some time to appreciate their wonderfulness so, seeing how eating cookies and watching birds go hand in hand, why not use that time and see if they can recognise, count and discover other fauna/flora lifeforms that complete the waterway’s ecosystem ? presented as a game this can be a lot of fun for all.
this short film by Will Rose is about riverside birds and there’s just a few of them but that’s good too as we’ll have to fill in all the blanks and then there’s all those things that aren’t birds. mom’s and pop’s work is never done…
with the hope that this might inspire, enjoy !
from casting to mending to striking and line retrieval/fighting to landing and releasing, to her focussed attitude and cool and calm demeanor, (be sure to turn up the volume at 1:10 of the first clip to hear her simply say “I’ll catch a bigger one” after her fish came off), little Maddy’s already acquired an enormous amount of angling skills which could serve as an example for anglers of all age groups and levels.
i seem to write this every time i post an article in this series but i really mean it: this little girl’s really special and i’d also like to extend a BIG congrats to Daddy, you’ve done an awesome job !
all us older people love seeing kids fly fish but as always, the brainwashem’ young series is maybe mostly there to be shared with the little ones in your life for them to find inspiration from their peers.
because more is better, here’s another outing from earlier on in the year. enjoy !
today’s super-duper tying treat come to us from young Julian Furlaga and be sure to remember that name because i’m very certain we’ll be seeing a lot more from him in the future.
very well tied and explained * and pleasant to watch, Julian’s most excellent tutorial not only shows us how to tie a great salmon/migratory fish pattern but also that these patterns don’t require a rocket science or brain surgery degree to tie; a barrier a lot of adults seem to have a hard time climbing over…
this tutorial’s special and be sure to notice how the lad put on his special Sunday shirt to make the video, enjoy !
* in the fly tying world, ‘palmering‘ means winding a hackle around the hook shank, not pulling hackle fibres back before winding/palmering the hackle to the hook shank. i’m sure Julian will have sussed that out soon.
via Eoin Fairgrieve
“Fifteen years ago some River Tweed ghillies got together and organised a morning for local children to learn about various aspects of becoming an angler – We called the event Tweedstart. Today Tweedstart has introduced thousands of children to fly fishing in the Scottish Borders. This is a short film about the project:”
this kind of initiative is all good, all around. kids get out of the classroom, get a better understanding and discover their inherent connection with the outdoors that just can’t happen within walls.
much more than just a fly fishing school, they get to learn about the water’s ecosystem and discover what a precious resource waterways are, water safety, camaraderie/teamwork, how a well managed fishery can be vital plus to a region’s economy and maybe best of all, go back home with fond memories and mud-stained clothing and hands.
with the hope that organisations such as Tweedstart and others around the globe will influence the creation of even more like-minded operations with kids with the fantastic help of people like Eoin and many others, here’s a few videos showing just what a great job they’re doing. enjoy !
i’m both speechless, sporting a huge grin, absolutely amazed and just all-around happy-extatic for what this means for children, girls, women, any fly angler/caster and the future of fly fishing in general. here’s why:
” At the U.S. National Casting Championships in Long Beach, Maxine McCormick finished fourth in fly casting accuracy behind only the world’s best, made the All-America team and bested the all-time women’s mark. That’s right, at age 11, she had the highest women’s score in history. She also broke seven junior national records in different events.
To put it in perspective, casters are scored in accuracy on a scale of zero to 300 in three events. Maxine scored a combined 289 in three events for fly accuracy. That tied for the fourth highest among all casters, no matter age, gender or past achievements.
Maxine’s 289 beat the all-time record for women, 286, set in the 1990s by Canada’s top champion, Brenda McSporran.
So what happened is that 11-year-old old Maxine just scored higher than any female in the history of the American Casting Association and was only outscored by Steve Rajeff, myself and father Glenn by just one point,” said Chris Korich of the Golden Gate Casting Club. “
for more on this amazing feat click the image above for the full article. enjoy !
for more amazing fly fishing kids here’s the complete brainwashem’ young series to share with your little ones.
real love doesn’t come in a box…
thanks for sharing these special moments with us, Brian.
“A dive into into some of North America’s richest rivers, and a fun look at an innovative river snorkeling program that has brought thousands of citizen snorkelers to the vibrant waters of Southern Appalachia.”
what instantly comes to mind is how great and enriching on all levels programs like this can be. lets hope this acts as a platform to inspire others.
for more on the Cherokee Snorkeling Program click here
via TED’s Discovering the Deep
“Coral reef fish, like the yellow tang surgeonfish, begin life in a fascinating and weird way – as tiny floating larvae! These babies are capable of drifting thousands of miles on ocean currents, far from the reefs where they were born. Amy McDermott describes how these tiny trekkers travel across vast oceans, searching for the far-flung reefs they will one day call home.”
although in cartoon form, this very interesting account of coral reef baby fish and their growing-up process is anything but childish but you just might want to share this with your little ones as well as its never too early to help them discover the wonders of the water world. enjoy !
from grandpa Stuart Longhurst
“Next champion coming on… 3 year old Robyn showing her mum and dad what a distance cast is.”
too cute !
mamma Silja had just taken both gold medals in the 15 and 16 foot Spey categories in the recent Swedish Championships and with dad Lasse Karlsson being several times Danish champion and all-around über-caster, its pretty safe to say her future looks more than bright.
not the youngest of the brainwashem’ young series, this young man for sure isn’t at his beginnings with this great display of craftsmanship.
here’s a Golden Retriever* to start off your week. enjoy !
* after a little research, the standard Golden Retriever seems to be just another variant of the Wooly Bugger. good on Connor for going the extra mile and turning it into something more unique and baitfish-like.
just in from papa Campbell:
“Our season opened yesterday. I took Oscar out for a couple hours today as he had been asking me to go fishing. We stocked up on cookies (and left them in the car) and hit a small stream. (We had planned to go to the Clyde, but you need a passport photo for an annual license and we didn’t have one….)
The fish were obliging, we had two on dries and three on numphs. We had another fall off. I think the picture I have attached of Oscar sums it all up pretty nicely.”
it sure does, congrats little buddy !
for a lot more kid’s smiles and the complete brainwashem’ young series click here
Dawson, age nine,
and Millie, seven years old.
see ? it’s really child-play…
another gorgeous ‘Things‘ image from Stu Hastie
be sure to check out Stu’s Secret Creek Photography page.
looks like Charles brainwashed himself. i hope he keeps this up and treats us with more small stream magic. enjoy !
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…
hard to think of a better introduction than this intimate and very informative film.
made in 1996, this 1:12 video is the perfect thing to share with your little ones and starting-off friends on a cold night. created for newcomers, the experienced angler will also find or remember a thing or two.
as instructors or people who want to share fly fishing, casting and tying with others, we’ll be reminded how far enthusiasm, communication skills and keeping things interesting, easily assimilated and simple will go in getting the message across and this is something, more than anything else that i’ll always have the greatest respect for: Mel’s addictive enthusiasm and how this has gotten so many people around the world into our wonderful activity and how this enthusiasm continues even after his death. thanks Mel.
for sure, having one of the best tiers in the world as dad doesn’t hurt, but the real motivation has to come from themselves
and result speaks for itself…
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.
thanks for sharing this special moment with us Scot. (btw, nice catch… 😉 )
hmmm… there’s not much to say except for expect to wear a big smile and maybe feel a little jealous at the same time. be sure to share this with your little ones !
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 !
by Eoin Fairgrieve
“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.
“15 year old George learned to cast a few weeks before this and was casting the Double Spey and Snake Roll for the first time… “
just shows what a great natural talent combined to a great casting coach can do. of course, it doesn’t hurt if that particular coach happens to be Ian Gordon…