Readers of this blog know that, as a dad, there’s painful little that’s more important to me than spending time with the kids outdoors. When we get out to hunt, fish, camp or just walk trails, they’re gaining a deeper appreciation for the natural world around them (as am I), we get to spend more time together in less hectic/chaotic locales (i.e. away from sports, class trips and even the house), we laugh a lot and I get to listen as they share what’s happening in their widening circles of school, friends and life in general. I’m a lucky dude.
In a past post, I had written about the efforts of Cameron Mortenson and Fishy Kid to promote and get kids (and parents) excited about learning to fly fish. Recently, Kirk Werner (of Unaccomplished Angler fame) and others started a new website, aptly named Take Kids Fly Fishing, to help with the next step of that process: what sort of gear does my kid need and where do I find it?
Their Mission: to simplify your quest for kids fly fishing gear by providing a comprehensive listing of manufacturers of all manner of gear, from rods and reels to waders, boots, clothing, accessories, books etc. We also aim to bring you other helpful information that will help enhance your kids fly fishing experience.
They’ve even got a list of kid-friendly guides, which is a very cool thing. So, if you’re ready to get your new fishing partner(s) outfitted in age/size appropriate gear, you need to make sure to stop by the Take Kids Fly Fishing site (you can follow them on Facebook too). To sweeten the pot, they’ve even got a coloring contest going on through the end of the month with some major prizes being awarded. So get your young’un busy with the crayons, markers or colored pencils and get their hat in the ring. And while you’re at it, make sure to take them fishing too.