We are very fortunate to be able to aquire access to
many farm ponds through our job. Kitty's is one of our
favorites because it generally stays clear, it is big enough
to be entertaining for most of a day, and it is populated with
bass and bluegills dense enough to create "success" for
various levels of "skill".
The end of June this year found us plying Kitty's pond for
bluegills with Susan's granddaughter, Tristan. It was not
Tristan's first fishing adventure, but her first using feathers
and topwater. Her set-up was her Snoopy rod, a bubble,
and a bug. The bug was quite like the Gurgle-pop in the Fly
of the Week archives, with the exception of a marabou tail.
At first it was hard to give her the rod after the cast before one
of these little suicidal speedsters was already impaled on the hook.
After a bit the quick hand-off of an empty rod was possible and
she was able to "set" when the "splash" occured.
Just a bit later Tristan was tossing her own bubble and bug and
waiting for the splash of the take. Her first solo result.
This little gal has no problem keeping one of these little "buddies"
for her tank at home, releasing them to their own home, or taking
some home for fillets.
According to the smiles, one might believe there is some fishing future here?
Grandma Susan is in the process of building Tristan her own fly rod
on a 5'6" 3wt blanksmall grip and all. ~ lee s.