Tuesday, 18 November 2014
Crucial protection when teaching a grandson to fly fish.
A few days ago I had the pleasure and privilege of giving Sam, my 15 year old grandson his first boat fly fishing experience. He lives at Milton Keynes so that gave us the excuse of going to Grafham Water, around an hours drive away. Grafham is a well run fishery, where they even provide drogues and landing nets (for reasons I wont go into here). They have a superb tackle shop and allowed my grandson and I to fish on the same 6 fish ticket. I had not fished the water for several years so asked where we should concentrate. The weather was a bit contrary blowing a gale with bright sun. Eventually we found the fish down by the dam, but it was tricky fishing as the wind was blowing us onto the dam. I insisted on Sam wearing eye protection, he had forgotten to bring his sunglasses but fortunately so I gave him an expensive pair my son Stuart had left in my car. Sam then forgot to bring those in the boat, fortunately I had got another spare pair in my fishing bag! A hat is a good idea too Sam!
To cut a long story short Sam cast well, fished well and was rewarded with a brace of cracking rainbows caught on blood worm flies. Here is the first one.
I am sad when I see people fishing without eye protection, having buried a hook in my own face a couple of times, I don't think it is worth the risk of getting one in the eye!