Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Laelyn and Bryson Learning How to use the Fly Rod

 Cathey and I spent a few days this past week visiting B.T. Jenny and the grandchildren in Springhill, Tennessee. I've been carrying a couple of my fly rods along on some of the trips to teach Laelyn and Bryson how to use the fly rod. Both are making progress with their casting and placement of the fly, starting with a short cast and adding distance as they get accustomed to the feel of the reel and rod. I am hoping they will be ready by late Spring to land a few bluegills in a park pond located near our home. We're going to use the pond to learn how to play a fish and land it. Hopefully, by the time they visit in the Summer, they will be ready to fish Smith from the boat. We are looking forward to seeing them land some of the Spotted Bass that roam the waters of Smith, which should merit their fly fishing diploma. I thought I would share some of their progress this past week. Their younger brother, Cash is still a work in progress??


 
I hope Cash can use the fly rod soon as well as he plays flag football. He is their scat-back and the fastest player on his team. No 25

I have given this 2wt. 7 1/2 ft. Redingon Trout Classic fly rod and Orvis 2/3 wt fly reel to Laelyn, but there are rules that come with the gift. She can only use it when she is with her Dad or me and the fly rod stays at Meme and Pops house until I feel she is big enough to take care of the combo. The same rules apply to Bryson as well. 
This is Bryson's 3 wt paired with the older version of the 3wt. Orvis reel. The fly rod is the Redington Trout Classic 7 1/2 ft.-----We're all looking forward to the start of the season, which is getting closer by the day! 

10 comments:

Justin said...

One day your grandchildren will look back and truly value this time, and your instruction, Bill. Ideal little rod and reel outfits for them too. I hope the fly fishing bug bites!

Brk Trt said...

Bill you are a good grand dad.
As young fly anglers they have a pretty good stroke there.

Bill Trussell said...

Justin
All three grandchildren love the outdoors and like to fish. They all have a 5 ft. spincast combo they use. I thought it was time to move Bryson and Laelyn to the fly rod. There was a little frustration at first but once they got the feel for the cast and placement of the fly they liked it. thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Alan
Hopefully, they will improve with each lesson and the trips they will make. Cathey and I hate to see them grow up. They are a lot of fun at this age. Thanks for the comment

David Knapp said...

Bill, you're grandkids are lucky! So many kids don't get these kinds of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. I'll look forward to hearing about their further adventures once they move to the pond and then the lake!

Bill Trussell said...

David
It is going to be a hoot when one of them tie into a Spotted Bass 2 to 3 lbs. on Smith. I hope they are ready for the fight that fish is going to put forth. We are in Springhill quite often which is where they. The visits will enable me to continue to work with them. Thanks for the comment

rivertoprambles said...

Talk about "transition of power" these days! Your instruction to the young is most excellent, and much appreciated.

Bill Trussell said...

Walt
I hope in fact I know both grandchildren will be proficient at casting some poppers by summer. As for the younger grandchild, "Cash" he more into flag football right now. I know Cathey and I are being selfish, but we hate to see them grow up. Thanks for the commit

Feather Chucker said...

Awesome post. Glad to see the passion is being shared.

Bill Trussell said...

Kevin
I want all my grandchildren to learn to fly fish as I did when I was small. I hope they don't stray from it as I did once I got older. My Dad taught me and all my brothers how to fly fish. Thanks for the comment