How to Fly Fish
The first fish I remember catching was a brook trout. I grew up in a region that isn’t known for it’s fishing, but there is one special gem of a lake that holds some of the most beautiful brookies on the planet. Brook trout have always been my favorite Salmonid. With anticipation for Spring fly fishing here is a short video from a memorable trip last year.
This was the first time that my son was able to take fly fishing into his own hands. I’ve been taking him down to my old stomping grounds each year for the past seven years to chase these fish. However, this year was different. He would leave camp snatching up a fly rod on his way out, walk to the lake and catch a couple of fish, then return to tell us about his success. No fatherly help necessary! I was very proud of him and the future that he is creating for himself in the world of fly fishing. Most of all I was excited to share this place and these fish with him in a similar way I experienced it when I was his age. This is just a teaser of a longer edit to come… enjoy.
Here is some footage from the past shot on a day that was so wet the GoPro was about the only camera safe to use. The wind and the rain were so bad that Kohler and I thought about calling it quits many times throughout the day. However, persistance paid off and we ended up getting into some nice fish. More importantly, our confidence increased by catching fish in those tough conditions!
I start to get very excited when spring approaches. I picture the perfect days when the weather is warm and the fish are hungry. Truth be told, there are many amazing days in the spring that are this way, and they often times result in some of the best days on the water. However, even more memorable are the days when an unexpected late season snow hits, or a torrential rain soaks us to the bone. Catching fish in these conditions can sharpen our skills and give us the opportunity to prove to ourselves that we are able to overcome the elements when needed.
As my brother John shows here things may get a little slippery, but we are better anglers for sticking it out on days like these!