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Teaching my wife.

PostPosted: Sat Apr 10, 2010 8:52 pm
by sholgate
My wife has always had an interest in fly fishing but has enjoyed very limited success. Today I decided to focus the morning on her with my Iwana rod on a small PA class A brown trout stream. I set her up with a size 16 prince nymph on about 16" of 6X tippet and a small sticky indicator on the loop.

After working on casting, we talked a lot about trout holding water, bug placement, and the bug to indicator relationship in the current, and of course, how to lesson drag. Within 30 minutes she caught her first 2010 wild brown trout and within the following hours she landed 8 trout from about 5"-11".

After the "trip" she told me she wanted her own Tenkara rod. She had success, she improved her skills, and she had fun. I am hoping that may open the door for more trips together.
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Re: Teaching my wife.

PostPosted: Sat Apr 10, 2010 10:19 pm
by rsetina
That's so cool. I fish with my wife as some of you know and there's nothing like fishing with the one you love the most in this world. I am happy she's going to be your fishing buddy. Very cool!

Re: Teaching my wife.

PostPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2010 5:43 am
by solocanoe
that is awesome, Steven! The pics are great too. Its so true that old quote "I fish for trout partly because of the beautiful places they are found in." :)

My wife is a good fisher(person?) who grew up around Lake Michigan with a LOT of fishing of all son has tons of patience, and loves to fish fly, spin, baitcaster, etc...

Your post gives me hope for my daughter. My 15 yr old daughter has not wanted to go fishing for many years. Maybe the simple purity of Tenkara fishing will appeal to her. I will at least be looking forward to sharing it with her!

Re: Teaching my wife.

PostPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2010 5:45 pm
by sholgate
My wife loves many of the places that I fish. She has been "traditional" fly fishing probably a dozen times. She has caught maybe 4-6 fish ever. Many trips ended early because of being cold, too many flies in the trees, or quite frankly, because of the lack of success, disenchanted. Now after landing 8 trout in one day ... the thought of going fishing doesn't seem that bad. :)

Tenkara Rod has been my choice rod for small streams and wild trout also I believe it is a great way to introduce fly fishing to a beginner.

On a total side note ... I am taking 8 boy scouts in early May to earn their merit badge in fly fishing.

Re: Teaching my wife.

PostPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2010 7:28 pm
by rsetina
My wife had the same problem getting zero fish on many outings. I'm glad she's hanging in there and giving Tenkara a try. Eight fish on her first outing is a good count.

I'd like to give you some kudos on taking the scouts out fly fishing for their merit badges. Hope you have a great time and the boys get into some fish.