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JayB
09-25-2011, 08:55 PM
We hit a milestone today. Jack who is 8, for the first time caught trout on the fly completely unassisted. I hande him the rod, and sat on a rock nearby. He got into position, made the cast to a likely spot of his choosing, set the hook, and stripped it in, and unhooked it completely on his own. Not once but 4 times today (though he had twice that many slap at the fly, or just missed the hookset).
I knew he was getting to this point for a while, so for the last few trips I'd been letting him get a lot more casting practice in, and even tried to let him catch some, but the last few trips were a bust. I decided this time I would make certain it would happen, and my favorite little brookie stream didn't let me down. To make sure we were on as naive fish as possible we hiked for almost 2 hours before stopping to fish. "What about that pool dad? We keep passing good water!". "No son, just keep walking." He wasn't complaining anymore after the first fish.

On to the pictures.
A nice northern two lined salamander to greet us on the way in.
http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e383/beljason/2linedsal.jpg

His first trout, and a nice sized brookie at that!
http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e383/beljason/jackbrookie.jpg

Another one.
http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e383/beljason/jacksbrookie.jpg

Can't beat the scenery either.
http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e383/beljason/samscreekjackfishing2.jpg



Really I guess this was as big a milestone for me as it was for him. My oldest boy is growing up fast.

pineman19
09-25-2011, 09:09 PM
Well done. Can tell by the look on his face that he his hooked on flyfishing for mountain trout.

Neal

We hit a milestone today. Jack who is 8, for the first time caught trout on the fly completely unassisted. I hande him the rod, and sat on a rock nearby. He got into position, made the cast to a likely spot of his choosing, set the hook, and stripped it in, and unhooked it completely on his own. Not once but 4 times today (though he had twice that many slap at the fly, or just missed the hookset).
I knew he was getting to this point for a while, so for the last few trips I'd been letting him get a lot more casting practice in, and even tried to let him catch some, but the last few trips were a bust. I decided this time I would make certain it would happen, and my favorite little brookie stream didn't let me down. To make sure we were on as naive fish as possible we hiked for almost 2 hours before stopping to fish. "What about that pool dad? We keep passing good water!". "No son, just keep walking." He wasn't complaining anymore after the first fish.

On to the pictures.
A nice northern two lined salamander to greet us on the way in.
http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e383/beljason/2linedsal.jpg

His first trout, and a nice sized brookie at that!
http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e383/beljason/jackbrookie.jpg

Another one.
http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e383/beljason/jacksbrookie.jpg

Can't beat the scenery either.
http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e383/beljason/samscreekjackfishing2.jpg



Really I guess this was as big a milestone for me as it was for him. My oldest boy is growing up fast.

BlueRaiderFan
09-25-2011, 10:16 PM
Fantastic!!!

MadisonBoats
09-26-2011, 07:18 AM
Awesome pineman19! I applaud you taking the time to go out make the effort to spend time with your son and to help mold him in to a fine man. Then; I think it is great that you have taught him the beauty of fly fishing. Keep up the dedication and never forget how valuable these opportunities are in your/his life!

Blessings!

Crockett
09-26-2011, 09:19 AM
Incredible Jay and congrats to Jack!

flyman
09-27-2011, 09:48 AM
Really nice:smile: Good looking kid, he'll never forget that little adventure:smile:

JayB
09-27-2011, 10:03 AM
yeah I think he will like the 7' 4 pc 3/4 wt Tiger eye I had made, for his next birthday in January, by a rod builder back in TX I knew of. Its a gorgeous rod with candy apple red wraps, and his name,the year, and a short quote from mark twain inscribed on it. I can hardly wait to hand it to him.
Now maybe between the two of us, we can catch enough fish to feed us all at camp.

No Hackle
09-27-2011, 12:11 PM
Sweeeeeet!!!!!!!!!!!!!