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…