Several people at the Central Washington Fish-In last
weekend in Ephrata asked about the kids who have been
present at previous fish-ins there.
One who was asked about most often is Jonathan, known as
FFB and other various names. His dad Bob, a music teacher
in the public schools, was not a fisherman, much less a
fly fisher. He made a point of getting Jonathan to Ephrata
and did the whole camping bit with him. Bob hadn't camped
before either. Steve "Z" took them on a float trip on the
Yakima and got dad fishing as well. Good stuff.
Over the years we've had a number of kids who were active on
the Bulletin Board or Chat Room and most acquired enough gear
and knowledge to catch fish. FAOL is an information site after
all, and from our email we know there are other young folks
here who don't post. We hope we give them what they need to
start out. One of the newbees went on to be on the American
Youth Fly Fishing team. Of course he is now an expert and has
surpassed everyone...in his mind anyway.
Some have taken up fly tying and rod building as well, which
in our minds speaks well of them and us.
But kids do 'go away.' It isn't anything specific to FAOL which
causes them to disappear. Most have found us before they have
their own driver's license or wheels. When they reach the age
of driving, they are off. Maybe fishing, but more likely they
discover girls at about the same time. It's hard to compete with
hormone-driven passion, no matter how good the fishing is.
One of the boys from Canada started up his own fly tying company.
His dad is a web developer and created a website for him. We
noticed he showed up in the Chat Room again the other night.
So they come and go - we do have a few young men who frequent
the Bulletin Board now.
The interesting part is once learned, fly fishing is 'in there.'
We receive email from folks all the time who fly fished early
in their lives and stopped. Usually it's the same story, school,
marriage, lack of fishing opportunities, kids, house, college
and now they have the time and money to get back to fly fishing.
Usually they are quite surprised at the improvement in gear,
especially rods. When one started out with a fiberglass Wonder
Rod, the new graphite rods can be a shock. A man wrote recently
saying he still had his old fly box and wondered if the flies
would still catch fish. I told him most of the old flies are
still 'standards' and by all means fish them.
A common question is about what rod they have. Many were acquired
before the current AFTAMA standards for line to rod weights were
started. The questions are what rod do I have, what is an HDH etc?
Thankfully we have a chart which lays that out and we can help.
Then there are these:
I just got my first fly rod in 40 years. I fished a fly in the
1950s in the rivers and streams of Northern California, Mt Shasta.
After joining the service I layed down the fly rod. The kids are
raised now the last one goes off to collage in August and it's
time to go back to the fly rod. I live in S. Florida and do alot
of trips thru Central America. I have a 9ft 8wt and go after bass
in ponds around our home and looking forward to our next trip to
Central America. I am just learning to cast again and I enjoy
casting and learning that catching fish which is just a little
bonus. I surf a lot at work and found your site to be the best.
Regardless of age, background or even country (we now have
137 countries reading FAOL each month) we provide the best
in fly fishing information for all who come here. We hope
the young folks who have wandered off to have a life retain
what they learned here. When the time is right they'll
return to the joy and challenges they found in fly fishing.
Thank you for your web site! I just found it a few days ago
and already have learned a few things. I am now trying them out.
49 year old beginner!!!
Put them back where they belong...in the water!
I am new to fly fishing and belong to a club here in Ontario,
Canada. I have used your directions for tying fly's for the
last three years. I find them very informative and up to date.
Keep up the good work.
And just maybe they'll pass it on. ~ The LadyFisher
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