Angling for some family fun? Bring the kids along!

May 16, 2011

Every fishing aficionado knows the value of patience. But if you’re out to share the joys of angling with children, you may need an extra reserve. Here are a few suggestions to help introduce kids to fishing.

If you’re out to share the joys of angling with children, you may need an extra reserve. Here are a few suggestions to help introduce kids to fishing.

If possible, try to find a venue where your young kids can spot the fish before casting a line. Places like small streams where trout are clearly visible in their swimming around in their feeding streams or shorelines with evident populations of perch, bluegills or sunnies will better hold a young person’s interest than waters which are deeper and the fish can’t be spotted.

Use lighter gear and smaller hooks. Ultraweight rods can make the smallest catch feel far more exciting, and if there’s much walking to be done, your young companions won’t tire as quickly.

Make sure to bring plenty of snacks, water and suntan lotion. And while no serious fisherman would ever consider bringing a book or puzzle along, you may find it can help you extend your own fishing time a bit if your children’s interest drops.

Try combining activities with the fishing. Make improvised rods from willow switches or spend some time hunting for salamanders or turning over rocks in hunt of new bait.

But most of all temper your expectations and when interest fades, make sure to call it a day. It’s better to keep the experience short and exciting than long and dull. If all goes well, you’ll have helped to develop a lifetime fisherman or woman.