A note from Brandy Hasselback:
“What started as a social night discussing Pike fishing at a local fly shop ended with Owen winning the biggest Pike in the kid’s category. Typical Trout anglers, we had never targeted Pike, but we couldn’t turn down a contest and two curious boys.
We picked up a few new tools and flies and headed out on the water. Given my lack of experience, imagine my surprise with my son’s first cast yelling for a net! I ended up running back and forth between the two boys!
What was solely excitement for them ended up being a combination of excitement and angst for me. I watched a few YouTube videos on removing hooks from Pike, and we pretty much went unscathed, but it wasn’t easy. 15 fish later, I coaxed them away with the promise of treats.
Keeping your children interested in fly fishing can be a challenge; fishing can be slow, or sometimes fishing can be hot. A few tips for any parent when your kids are interested in fly fishing is to invest in the right equipment. Having good rods, proper wading boots, and waders is a must. Be flexible, one day, they may fish for hours, and the next, they’ll be more interested in rocks. Lastly, you can never have too many snacks when fly fishing with your kids. Be patient, teach them something new, and have fun while out on the water!”
Reel of the Week from Brandy Hasselback, follow her and her boys’ fly fishing endeavors on Instagram @raising_gingers. Here at Flylords we inspire the next generation to get out on the water and to protect the water that we all love. If you have an avid fly fishing child, feel free to send content to our team at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.