Teach a kid to fish, and they'll be happy for a lifetime... For so many of us, fly fishing provides the ultimate escape from the noise of everyday life. Here are 5 reasons to take the leap and pass your hobby on to the next generation:
1) The sport depends on it
Without new fly anglers, the sport we hold so dearly would slowly fade into obsolescence- and that would just be a shame. Research shows that people are much more likely to fish later in life if they've been introduced at a young age, so if you want fly fishing to persist, the answer is simple... start 'em young!
2) It teaches patience
In a world where instant gratification is everywhere, there is something about thrashing your fly line on the water's surface, scaring every trout in the neighborhood, that teaches you to be persistent. With practice, your technique will inevitably improve, and that makes it all the more rewarding when you finally land that first trout on the fly.
3) It puts them in touch with nature
As our world becomes noisier, the need for detachment becomes greater. There is no better place to recenter yourself than to the tune of a trickling stream and a breeze blowing through the trees.
4) It emphasizes self-improvement
Fly fishing can be humbling. Every fly angler knows that they must relentlessly learn from their experiences on the water. What patterns were working? Where were the fish holding? With every day out on the water, they will learn to make adjustments and optimize based on their past experiences. -
5) It is intellectually engaging
The most effective fly anglers become experts on stream biology, and understand the complex workings of the ecosystems where trout are found. - This list is just the start- hopefully it reminded you of some of the reasons you love fly fishing. So pay it forward, and teach a kid to fly fish. You won't regret it.