Well we maybe a hunting family, but who says you cannot have fun fishing too, for us its all about the outdoors. Here are a few tips that Nick has for you, to take your family fishing and make it count.
Fishing with the family. From Land!!
Nick and I love to take the family fishing, Sometimes I fish, Most of the time I just sit and enjoy the piece and quiet of the outdoors with a good book. Lets face it this is where you should have amazing peripheral vision, because you man will always have his eye on the fish and nothing else. Your kids will be swimming with the dog, while there rods lay in the water. When they do start to fish the lines will be flying, tears will be falling and fish well they will still be swimming.
Well a basic spinning outfit is best, as the last thing you want is to be using a bait-caster and your child runs across in front of you and you get a birds nest. We all know that will be the moment when your kids decided that, yes, they should go swimming. As for the kids as closed faced reel is best. Push the button and watch where it lands. No seriously watch where it is landing as it might be on your head. Your wife, she can choose her own rod combo, Just make sure its not the best of the best, because she will be watching the kids and dropping that rod on the ground a lot. Chances are she will not even remember where she put it Bring your best dollar store jigs, spoons and Top water bait. Leave the good stuff at home as it will be lost to weeds and snags.
Tips and Tricks
The best advice I can give for the kids lines is to cut all the barbs off your hooks. It sucks when you get a new piercing and it doesn’t just pull right back out. Depending on your kids ages and what they want to use, I have taken the hooks off spoons, and bent the hooks around the worms just so they have what looks like a real hook. Now don’t get me wrong it still hurts when you get beaned in the back of the head while fishing with you kids because believe me it will happen! Know your local regulations don’t pitching bait across a little creek, when its a fly only season. Also you want to set everyone up for the best possible outcome. If your fishing from land, bring a chair for your wife she will appreciate it. If she loves fishing like me, try to set her up for success. There is nothing worse then watching your husband slaying the fish and you cant get a bite, when you ask what he is using and he looks at what you have on, giggles and says keep trying hun, I am sure you will get something.
Best Advice I can give is if they are not having FUN, believe me when I say you will not be having FUN!
The next best thing to do is creek fish, to hit the waters for those Brookes or Browns.
Creek Fishing 101
First off if it summer forget the waders and jump in with running shoes and shorts. Make sure the water is decently warm, Don’t want to loose any dignity over a fish.
My favorite to use is definitely a little 5 weight fly rod, with a Woolly Bugger, or a pheasant tail nymph. You will also need a small fanny pack and a plastic container to carry your fly’s in. If you walking in the water the last thing you need to do is worry about lugging in your tackle box. If you are not a fly fisher a spinner combo will be fine, with a worm harness and live worms, will work just fine. Depending on where you fish as some Provinces have rules against live bait use. If your taking your kids I suggest a floating rod and some rope, I can almost guarantee that the rod is going for a swim. Also if you are taking the kids along for the journey you will need some life jackets with rope attached, because not only will the rods fall and swim so will the kids and if your in a fast moving part of the creek, whoosh before you know it your kids are down at the next hole bobbing along.
Tips and Tricks
Depending on who is with you in the family and if you have your kids, ask someone to walk a bit ahead of you up stream this way when, and believe me it will, your equipment falls in someone will be there to catch it before it gets to far. Always choose wisely, Your kids are more important then your favorite rod. If you are fly fishing be sure to make sure you fish clear of your family, that is not a tree you caught its your sons ear lobe. This fish in these types of creeks with fast moving water, like the deep ponds under a tree. When feeding they also like to park behind a rock, where there is a water break and wait for the food to come to them. Casting up stream and allowing your bait to float down is a great strategy. Just like a typical man, always hungry but to lazy to move to get it. Another great thing I learn is that after an afternoon of fishing your kids will be hot and if you put them in a nice deep hole and fish down the river a bit, its a win win. Your kids will push the fish to you and if they accidentally get in the current they will be coming right to you too.
The next method of fishing is the best and one that I suggest you do at any chance you get. Heck take a mental health day, utilize your Father’s Day for this. Even offer to go to the store and sneak a quick fish in. This is the same for all those women out there just like me who Love fishing just as much as any other man. I am not so much going to go with the same format as I have used for the last few tips as this method requires more of a steps list then the typical tips and tricks.
- Get out of whatever you are doing, and find a spot. Whether your at church or promised your spouse you would pick up dinner. Find a minute to fish, even better if you can get the whole day.
- Pick a rod, any rod. Dude now is not the time to be picky, just grab a rod and get out the door before they all see what you are doing. Personally myself I own a pen rod, greatest creation ever!! It is a regular sized rod that collapses on its self allowing it to be compact enough to keep in the glove compartment of my car. As for tackle, just have something small in your car with a few choice lures. Now if you have gotten a full day to go you can be a little more picky on what you choose and make precise decisions. Make sure you do this the night before, because your mind can be changed for you at the drop of a hat, so be sure to get up and get out before anyone hears you in the morning.
- cast that line, enjoy the piece and quiet and always make sure to take 1 or 10 last casts. There is nothing better then the piece and quiet of the outdoors, when your kids are not hanging off your legs.
Below are a few more steps encase you did get permission to go out for the entire day.
- Once you are out of the house drive around for a bit, grab a coffee and turn up the radio.
- Find the perfect secluded or at least quiet lake and /or creek you can. I suggest lake as there is just less required to fish there.
- If you did choose a lake, you can now get your line ready and cast it out.
- fold out your lawn chair, open your cooler, crack a beer( because its 5 O’clock somewhere.
- sit back relax and enjoy your day, these days are few and far between. When you get the chance enjoy it. Revel in it, soak it up !!
In all reality though fishing with your family is an amazing summer adventure, and can and should be done whenever possible. Your kids will never look back and say remember when Mom and Dad bought us that game, or computer, they will however look back and say remember when Mom and Dad always took us fishing in the summer. Our kids are our future and the less we take them outside and teach them the reality of how food is truly caught, or how to survive without a grocery store. We will not have a future to look forward to. Its like that old saying ” Give a man a fish, he will eat for a day, Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.” I truly hope to see and inspire more families to get there kids outdoors and involved in the community as there is so much to learn. Even if you don’t fish or know how, just grab a rod and head to a pond. There is always someone who is around that is willing to help. Heck if your in Alberta shoot me a message and we can go and hook you up.
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