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Bun-Bun's Brook Trout is a delightful story that will introduce children to the basic skills and first joys of fly-fishing. With vivid streamside illustrations, Rick Catching Randy The Rainbow Trout Enjoy the exciting adventures of Will and Wyatt, as their grandfather teaches them about fly fishing and other important things Description Discovering Salmon With Stickers is a lively introduction to the life cycles, habitats, legends, ecological relationships and environmental challenges of salmon.

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Also includes trout Description Explore Rivers and Ponds by Author Carla Mooney, helps kids enjoy and learn about puddles, lakes, streams, rivers, bogs, and swamps. Not every venue is suitable for teaching children to fly fish. It's no good taking them somewhere where they'll need waders, where backcasting space is tricky or where they need to cast a great distance to reach the fish. If you can, look out for a child friendly fly fishing venue, as some fisheries now have specially stocked lakes just for use by kids.

Many fishery staff are happy to come over and offer advice and help them to catch too, which kids always like.

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George got some great help at a recent trip to Chirk Fishery. While most fisheries are quite welcoming to parents fishing with children, you do come across the odd one which is not.

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Some have a minimum age limit and some even go as far as restricting how long children can fish for, but thankfully that's a rarity. I am guessing that this is because their regulars don't want children disturbing the peace or splashing the water, but it probably also means they're alienating potential customers who might have become regulars themselves. Check their rules before you go. Many also do father and son or mother and daughter tickets which help keep the costs down. One thing I learned pretty quickly was that it's not a great idea to take a child fly fishing and fish yourself - at least, not until they've got a bit of experience under their belt.

You'll spend all your time casting, untangling their line and swapping their flies, and very little time fishing yourself. Until they're a bit more experienced it's best if you don't fish, and just help them instead. At first, you can cast for them and teach them to retrieve, which will hopefully get them a hook up or two.

Don't forget how tricky it can be to fly cast in the wind before you've mastered the art. If you try to teach children to fly fish when it's windy they'll really struggle, they're more likely to get accidentally hooked, and they're highly likely to get frustrated, which will put them off fishing.

If it's more than 10mph then stay at home or leave them with mum and go out yourself. If the wind picks up while you're out fishing together, move to a spot which is sheltered so they can still cast, even if that means fishing where the fish are less likely to be. Kids get cold and that causes them to whine, which as ever parent knows, is bloody annoying.

Whining about being cold typically results in a fishing trip ending early, so make sure they're wrapped up warm and kept dry. Take hand warmers with you so they can defrost frozen fingers. Have regular cups of tea in the lodge or take a flask of hot chocolate. Let them sit by the fire in the lodge to warm up every so often go and sit in the car for a while so they can thaw out. It will mean less fishing, but it will stop them getting so cold they can't fish and will keep them much happier.

The snack bag is an essential feature of any fishing trip involving children.

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Don't leave home without plenty of snacks for them to graze upon when they get bored or peckish. Another good tip for keeping them motivated is to stop for breakfast. No trip to Ellerdine, for example, can be considered complete unless you stop in at the lodge for one of Paul's tasty sausage sandwiches and a nice cup of tea. There's a junior section to this and your child can win a badge if they're one of the top anglers at the fishery that month.

Winning a badge earns them a place at a fish-off competition at the fishery and winning that gets them to the Troutmasters finals.

George won three Junior Troutmasters badges in the space of four months, while Lily got hers on her first attempt much to the annoyance of George who tried for ages to earn his first badge. He's under orders to stop winning them now so the other children get a chance to go into the fish off! The best size of fly rod to get your child really depends on how big they are.

George was 5 when he started fly fishing my six weight was way too big for him to handle, so he used a nice four weight Greys GS2 fly rod.

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A shorter, lighter fly rod like this with a lower line weight is a good idea for children. His Greys GS2 is an 8'6" 4 and he manages to cast this without any problems. Now a couple of years into his fly fishing hobby, he'd still struggle with anything bigger, I reckon. The good thing about a four weight is that it also bends nicely on small fish, but still has the backbone to get trout in quickly when catch and release fishing so they go off with some energy left in reserve.

Having borrowed it a few times, its bendiness certain puts a smile on your face when you hook into a good trout. You'll probably find your child finds it tricky to load the rod when they first learn to fly cast. This will mainly be due to poor timing, but probably also because they don't really understand the physics of what's happening and can't feel when to forward cast again.

Over-lining the rod by using a line weight one or even two weights heavier than the recommended casting weight can really help, especially if their rod has a faster action. Once they've cracked loading the rod, you can put on the right weight line and leave them to it.

Casting is only complicated and difficult if you do not really know proper technique. Over-correction and confusing or conflicting correction will frustrate any learner and turn kids off.

Excellent tips. I try to incorporate actions kids do for fun to demonstrate the casting strokes, such as, throwing a water-balloon up on the roof behind you. I have found that getting them onto the water as soon as reasonably possible is important. If it aint fun they aint intrested. Bluegill at a local pond are the perfect target, especially will small poppers or foam ants.

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So much the better if you can find a spot with clean bottom where you can wet wade and not sink to your knees in muck. Very short leaders help with turn over and more line will be outside the tip for a given distance. If needed up line by a size to help load the rod easier. Student led learning works well. When they ask about casting further then you can get into improved form to increase distance.

If you want to get your kids into fishing or flyfishing, take them fishing.

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Once they can roll cast and swing a fly they are in business, after that everything thing else is just for fun, and can be picked up along the way. And the idea that someone has to start fishing as a kid is nuts. I work with a lot of kids, but we also start a lot of young adults just out of college before they start a family, year old empty nesters, people just, or just about to, retire. And the 80 year olds that figure what the hell, how hard can it be? Whether the kid is 8 or 80 it has to be fun.

Teach a casting class of ten people sometime. If you make it fun and stay flexible everyone learns to throw some pretty good loops.