Pond Time



Has this rain messed up your trout fishing plans?  It’s tough to fish morning trico hatch when Oatka is nearly at flood level.  Or, has your favorite warm water creek been too muddy to fish this Summer?  I haven’t fished my favorite smallmouth creek yet, as it’s been discolored and high.  We experienced over 7″ or rain for the month of July.  It’s already rained twice in this short August time period and rain is forecast for later today.  What’s a fly fisherman to do?  My advice, head to a local pond and get kids fishing.

IMG_2857I’ve taken my two young sons fishing half a dozen times this Summer.  Each trip is fun, exploratory, rambunctious and full of new experiences.  Even if the fishing is slow, they are able to find things to play with.  Just carrying and scooping things up with a long handled net was a recent highlight for my youngest.  The older one wanted to cast independently.  Worms fascinate both of them, although we didn’t need worms this past trip (topwater plastic frog patterns and a Mepps spinner).  Your fishing technique and style doesn’t matter, as much as the process.  Just find ways to incorporate starter activities to introduce kids to fishing.  If your favorite trout fishery is high and muddy, head to a local pond.  Get your kids, grandchildren, or local neighborhood kid that want’s to fish to the water.  Make it fun, simple, relaxed and encouraging.  Pond fishing is a rite of passage for summertime and include kids in the enjoyment.  They might just turn into our next generation of flyfishers…


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Craig Dennison

This is Craig and I host Fly Fisher's Workshop. My fly fishing experiences include plenty of travel (Montana/Florida/North Carolina/Maine) and a few years part time guiding for trout. While I primarily target trout and steelhead, I still manage to chase warm water species and enjoy chasing stripers and bluefish. I'm a 3rd generation fly fisher trying to share the passion with my two sons!

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