Simon Perkins, Senior Manager of Orvis Adventures, knows a thing or two about teaching folks to fish. He was a fly-fishing guide in Montana for more than a decade, and during that time, he founded a fly-fishing camp for kids on the Blackfoot River. He now has a daughter of his own, which has him thinking even more about the best ways to get kids involved in the sport.
In a great article on the website Fatherly, Simon offers his advice, starting at the earliest stages of a child’s life:
Ages 1 And Up: Get Them A Toy Rod
As Perkins was learning how to walk, his father gave him a toy rod so his sense of coordination developed while holding it. By the time he was ready to actually set foot in the water, the rod felt as natural in his hand as his finger did in his nose. Start them off with a toy fly rod to introduce the feel of casting and handling line. While you’re at it, grab a few magnetic fishing toys so they can learn the thrill of catching something (and how to lie about how big it was).
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