Fly fishing can be a wonderful activity with your kids: it’s perfect for one-on-one bonding time, instills a love of nature, and gives rewards for patience. Kids can learn some great lessons while fishing, and you can spend some quality time together away from all the screens inside. However, it can be hard to figure out exactly how to get your kids into fly fishing. Particularly for younger children, the attention span required to catch a fish can be a little too much. The following tips can help you share your love of fly fishing with your son or daughter in a way that both of you will enjoy.
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When most people think of the desert, they probably don’t think of fly fishing for trout. However, the high deserts of the west provide some pretty amazing opportunities to catch great wild fish. I live in Reno, Nevada and my home waters are the Truckee River and Pyramid Lake. They are both great. I knew I wanted to branch out a bit and explore some water that was unfamiliar to me, so I contacted Mike Curtis from Bucking Trout Outfitters to see if he could help me out. We found a Sunday that worked for both of our schedules and the plans were set.
Over the years I have had many conversations with people who are interested in giving fly fishing a try. Their eyes light up when they talk about how it looks like a lot of fun or that it seems like a great way to relax and connect with nature. Then, their hopes begin to fade as they start talking about one thing in particular. So, what is the biggest lie in the fly fishing industry?
My fishing life began at the young age of three out at Topaz Lake, a treasure of Nevada. I was there more for a chance to be out of the house and my Dad was the one doing most of the fishing. Being a fourth generation Nevadan, my entire life has revolved around being an outdoorsman. Fishing at three, sitting in a duck blind by four holding a red rider, and of course the big game hunting that my brother and I got to tag along for starting at eight years old. I’ve thrown spinners and bait as well as fly fished since I was a boy. So, let’s talk about fly fishing vs spin fishing.
The topic of catch and release has become a very heated discussion in the fly fishing world. I’d like to start by saying that I’m not against keeping fish. I’m not against eating fish. I’m not saying you need to release the fish that you catch. The purpose of this article is to explain catch and release techniques so that if you choose to release a fish you do it in a way that will limit damage and minimize fatality rates. Since I’m not trying to convince people to release fish, you don’t have to keep reading if you never plan on releasing any fish that you catch.