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Take a Kid Fishing…

April 27th, 2008

Kid FishingI saw this article online today, and it has spurred me into wanting to take my kids fishing. I hate to say that I have to be spurred into taking them fishing, but things around here have been incredibly busy. However, my 5 year old has been asking for several weeks to go fishing. I am going to have to try and find a good place that is somewhat close by where he can find some fish. I know there are a couple of smaller lakes that are nearby that are stocked by the DNR, so I will have to find out when they will be stocked.

The author of this article mentions how early he started fly fishing. I have been thinking about that very thing with my son. I know that some folks have started their kids as early as 2-3 years old, but I’m not sure my son had either the patience or the coordination to start into fly fishing at that age, especially since we don’t have a convenient place for him to practice. But, now that he is 5 years old, he may be able to start dabbling in it. I would like to get a hold of a small 6 foot 2 or 3 weight set up for him…it could then serve double duty for me when I want to fish small mountain streams for native brook trout.

I started my son out on a little Zebco (I think) Tigger rod. But, now he is ready for something a little more substantial. I am going to take him over to Wal-Mart and let him get an Ugly-Stik ultralight combo. That makes a great combo for trout, and I like the fact that they are virtually unbreakable. It is what I use when I go trout fishing, and is also perfect for pan fishing.

So, I am going to try to be more diligent to take my kids out fishing now that it is getting warmer. I know they enjoy it, and I enjoy taking them. It is a bit difficult to find a place that is both safe, and has plenty of fish. Remember, if you are taking a kid fishing, make sure they have a safety vest on in case they fall in. I know that we often fish near fast moving water, and I wouldn’t feel safe if my kids didn’t wear their vests. The same can be true around lakes. Give them a vest, and make sure they wear it!

10 Responses to “Take a Kid Fishing…”

  1. Kris – Nice post! Helping our kids attach themselves to an outdoor interest such as fishing, camping, hunting etc. is a “must” as far as I am concerned. It is up to us outdoor interested parents to make it happen.

    Thanks for the reminder about kids wearing a vest around any water dangers, By the way, I added your blog link to my new “Hot Reads” links today.

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  3. Thanks Eagle Eyes! So glad I could make the list!

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  5. So true about the life jacket – it’s easy to forget when you’re not getting on a boat! We have a great pond at the wildlife area 10 minutes from our house where you can catch bluegill one right after the other. We’ve taken kids there several times – it is a lot of fun!

  6. I can’t wait to be able to take my kid fishing. I think that it is great that he is asking to go as well. It’s awesome that he already has that drive.

    Can’t wait to see the post that showcases his catch.

  7. I think it is a great idea to take the kids fishing. Also, great point about the life vest. It is always better to be safe, and I’m betting a lot of parents don’t think about life vests when they’re not in a boat.

  8. It’s a great idea to take the kids outdoors as early as possible so when the time comes for them to be entered into the school systems their brains are programmed and less susceptible to the P.C. B.S thaught these days.

    I still can vaguely remember, I must have been three years old or so, that my father used to take my brothers and me in the backyard and teach us how to cast a line. It must have been around the same age when I would frequently accompany my father to the shooting range and carry his, for me, very heavy rifle.

    Today as an older man, these and other outdoor experiences with my parents are for me among the fondest childhood memories.

    -ov-

  9. Othmar, I was just thinking that I wish I had a larger backyard so that he would have room to practice some! Those early memories of the outdoors are great…I can remember the same kinds of experiences. I can remember my little brother shooting clay pigeons with a 12 gauge shot gun, when he was so small he had to stand against the pillar of the shooting pavilion to keep from being knocked over.

  10. You bet – a great way to get a kid started in the outdoors! My mom and dad taking me fishing are some of my earliest memories. Those are memories that’ll last a kid his whole life.

    The UglyStick ultralight is a great way to go – I use mine for everything. I mean EVERYTHING! Catfish (They don’t grow as big here as some parts, but still I’ve caught 15 pounders on it) trout, bass, crappie – I love it! It’s my do all pole. I won’t take it steelhead fishing, but that’s about it!

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