I have been waiting and waiting to introduce someone. The photo above is of my 5 year old niece Caley, and my Hero of the day. She has shown me an interest in fishing that I have never seen out of a human so young, she is infatuated with tackle of all types, lures, bobbers rubber worms, bare hooks and of course the fly. Talking with her, after only going fishing maybe 25 times in her life, she speaks from experience when she says, "I hate those spikes".
The girl was born right near the 4Th of July and has all the fireworks to go along with it. Last year on her birthday I presented her with her very first, very own, fishing rod. A spinning rod for her to fish the local blue gill pond. I included a lifetime warranty and I am very serious about honoring that warranty. I set it up left handed only because I saw it coming. With new 4 lb Trilene XL smooth cast line.
Each time she is at my house, she is digging through my tackle asking if she can have this or that, and she is looking at them in the way that a fisherman does. She wants the piece, because she believes that she can catch a fish with it. I give here what ever she asks for, and will continue to do so, as long as she shows me that interest. I'll find her in my tying den, carefully going through the tiny flies in boxes and cups. When I show up in there to explain to her what she is looking at, she looks up at me with those beautiful little eyes and listens to every word. She often asks if she can watch me make a bug. "You betcha cutie". then she sits and watches every little step.
Yesterday morning I was asked to watch the little one while the mom's ran some arons. After they left, Caley looks up at me with that sneaky (there gone!) fishy look. She wanted to see me make a bug. So we went through the materials and found all the weird stuff that a kid would want to see on a hook, and we were able to get it all on there and she put it with her things to go home and "put her hooks away", as she says.
I look at the temperature out and its reading near 50. Now, who has the sneaky look on their face? In a flash I made the decision to throw the 4wt in the truck and take this girl out and see how she reacts to a fish on the end of a long rod. Granted I had to help with the short cast a bit but the little girl could hold the tip up and follow the orange ball as well as any one. We called it "when the indicator drowns" pull it back up.. She would stare at the indicator with anticipation and when I would look over at her face and see the glare in here eye, the force would drown the bobber on its own and the fish would be there. She landed a total of 3 fish with help only on the cast. There was my Hero for the day!