Father’s Day Fishing Anyone?
Like many others I was taught by my dad to fish. The difference I think possibly with my dad is he was pretty rubbish at fishing. We hardly ever caught anything, but we had fun regardless. The one thing we didn’t have back in the late 1970’s was the internet, or a fishing app to identify the best baits and methods. Things were simpler…. and I must say a whole lot less productive in terms of fish!
The ultimate fair-weather angler
One of the most exciting things I remember was the anticipation of getting up at 6am to get on the river. Little did I know back then, but am painfully aware of now, is that hot sunny days are terrible for fishing in the UK, and we never fished in the rain! That would have been good to know! We also went for short periods…. now looking back, I think I understand why.
How to get your own child hooked on fishing?
I do a lot of fly fishing in the UK, and unlike the US where you can fish anywhere with access. River fly-fishing is extremely restricted (expensive) or poor. So, I am sad to see very few new young anglers fly-fishing.
The good news is that I see other fishing in the UK, and fishing in general in the USA climbing at a steady rate, and with a healthy inclusion of ladies too!
If you are thinking of taking your child fishing here are a few tips, to get them hooked!
- Keep it brief
The younger your child, the shorter their attention span. If your child is keen to fish with you, the village pond for some ‘spinners’ – small fish that spin when you reel them in – is a good start. 30 minutes is probably more than enough.
Most kids hate the cold, they are often skinny little things without the middle age spread we have. With that in mind, they will have more fun on nice warm summer days, especially when followed up with ice-cream on the way home for an extra treat.
- Safety First
Above all else. Children, water, hook, line. Be careful. Getting your kids hooked is not the aim – and if you do, don’t place them in a weighing sling…. they don’t count! Remember your child needs a life-vest if on the open water.
- Teach but don’t overdo it…
The most rewarding thing about fishing is the feeling that you have done it yourself. For me I was taken fishing by my father, but taught to cast by a local gamekeeper in my summer holidays. He was a smart guy, he gave me hints, but I had to work for my own catch. That’s what gets people hooked, the sense of achievement when you get it right after some effort!
- Track Their Achievements
At school, we often get gold stars for rewards. Kids love this stuff (so do we adults) use the Finygo app, and your kids can track their progress and achievements, and share with their friends.
I wish everyone here in the UK and in the USA a great Father’s Day, for me I will remember my dad’s rather unsuccessful fishing trips with amusement, and a sense of loss. If you’re watching dad, a big thanks for giving me this great experience as gift which I have enjoyed all my life.