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First fish.

by Dave
(Baton Rouge )

Picking Flowers.

Picking Flowers.

There was a time when the world of fishing was new to me. A time when everything was fresh, like the smell after a spring rain. That feeling is inexplicable and hard to recreate, however, today it has happened again.

Two years ago my oldest child Adelaide turned three and I begged my wife to let me get her a tenkara rod. After all I had recently come to Tenkara and I believed it's simplicity would allow a child to learn with ease. Mind you this was before I found this site and when I used to get my gear from those other guys. But as I am fond of saying, it doesn't matter how you come to tenkara, as long as you come to it.

Back when I was a kid I remembered my dad used to sit there and watch us fish. He would always rig our poles and bait our hooks, but never fished himself. I would often ask him to join us and he would just say his enjoyment was watching us. Fast forward several years to where I found tenkara, keiryu, and ultra light worm fishing. It should be noted that I have taken Adelaide fishing several times, unsuccessfully. Ultimately the trip ends with Adelaide bored and me trying to fish (also unsuccessfully), but instead I just end up putting out the fires of an unsupervised then four year old with a tenkara rod.

Today, I became wiser and promoted myself the designated rigger as was my Dad and the trip was very different. One instead of using flies we used worms dug up from our yard which was fun in itself. We hiked in to my creek where I have had good success in the past and proceeded to rig up her pole with an ultralight worm fishing rig. 3 minutes in, BOOM first fish ever!!! She surprised the fish and muscled it right up! Even though it was on the small side, we kept it, because she loves fresh brim and crappie. Thirty minutes later 6 fish total, an unfrustrated dad (me), and a beaming kid.

Today, I realized I will have time to fish on my own with my friends. Today my role was teacher, mentor, and encourager. Today we (my daughter and I) both experienced fishing for the first time again.

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May 13, 2017
by: Les A.

The smile tells it all! Great job adding a newbie to the fishing fraternity (or sorority, as the case may be).

May 13, 2017
by: Chris Stewart

What a wonderful story! Thank you very much for sharing that. And Les is right. That smile says it all!

May 13, 2017
Early Memories
by: John Evans

Early memories seem to stay with us the best, don't they?! Great write-up.

May 14, 2017
by: John Smalldridge

I found out long ago through many frustrating experiences that teaching a person to fish is best done by setting aside my own desire to fish. This lets you concentrate on them and the bonus is that it does rekindle the experience of your own first fishing adventures like you mentioned. May the lovely Adelaide and you enjoy many a happy outing together and please continue to share them with us.

May 14, 2017
A Charming Fishing Partner
by: Hoppy D (SD)

That smile will charm the birds out of their trees and the fish out of their waters!

Great story, Dave! It warmed the cockles of this ol' codger's heart.

May 14, 2017
by: Dave

Thanks all! many adventures to come in sure!

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