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fshnazn 07-29-2019 08:03 AM

Emma's 1st Steelhead(s): Both on dryflies.
 
There is an enduring grin on my face...I cannot help it.

My oldest is 15 years old, now. Some of you have seen Emma grow up on these pages from previous trout fishing trips and some occasional flytying.

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She is a busy young lady these days: active in beach & indoor volleyball, church youth group, learning to drive, volunteer work, friends, etc. So when she mentioned that she wanted to camp with me at a special river, I was curious about her intentions. Her mom and sis' usually come along at this destination but would not be attending this year: I can't baby sit Emma at camp! I was frank with her and said, "Emma, without your mom and sister present: this will be a Steelhead Camp. And this river is legendary for being a tough safe to crack. Its steelhead secrets do not come easily. I have heard of some anglers going for years before they get their 1st steelhead on this river. The trails are tough to navigate. The rocks are slick to stand on....etc.etc.etc.".

"I still wanna go, dad" she says, "I wanna experience steelheading". I mention to her that all my usual steelhead buddies might be there...is she okay visiting with them and hanging out by the steelhead campfire listening to stories and geeking out over weird stuff...she was good with that.

Well, here goes...

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Gotta set up camp first

It's around 8pm in the evening after setting up camp and making her feel at ease, and she says "Aren't we gonna fish this evening?" Man, I was thinking maybe the morning after she gets a good night's rest. "Umm, yeah! Are you ready? Got your headlamp?"...we are on the river lickety split.

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I spent the first 30 minutes explaining the speycast, the swing, the dry fly technique, and what to do if a steelhead eats...FYI: I never got to refresh her 2handed casting prior to this trip, so I did not know what to expect, but she did well enough

I told Emma we couldn't fish in the dark, so maybe reel in by 2115hrs (anyway, it's tough to see your dryfly in the darkness, even if its Todd's pattern, the Little Wang - which we tied on). It was a nice way to get her boots wet for a first session until...

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"Dad! I got a fish!!!" "What?!", I respond...reel goes off, "Whoa! Swing your rod to the bank"

Sometimes I just can't believe what happens on the river. It was surreal. But there I am hearing my little girl laughing, the reel screaming, I see the rod bucking...it's not a dream. Emma goes 10 rounds with this beast in the dark. More than 3 long runs. Her arms are getting sore. She says "When is this thing gonna stop?!". We see backing again, I tell her we gotta stop this fish...just start cranking and don't let him take line. Now or never and if he gets away, it's okay.

Emma is exasperated. Her arms are jello. She is grimacing.
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We see leader. I see the steelhead and yelp out something strange...it's a very nice steelhead buck for this river. I attempt to tail it and her fish goes bananas and I can't hold on. Emma belts out "No! Dad!". Flashing back, I vividly recall losing her nice trout when she was 8 yo as it swam between my legs and broke off the fly. Her then little voice yelling "Dang it!". I can't imagine what would happen if I lost this steelhead. I remain calm on the outside and tell her we got this, he's beat. Just reel and we'll land him good.

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I rarely yell on the river but I might have scared the bats away that evening. Oh sweet glorious moments! Emma and I were walking on air. I don't know how she did it. I still can't. But it ain't over.

Cont...

twists 07-29-2019 08:26 AM

You are a lucky man! And congratulations on raising your daughter this way.

fshnazn 07-29-2019 08:41 AM

I was shaking all the way back to camp. I could't sleep. Emma slept like a baby. The next morning she wants more steelhead. Did she not listen to me when I said it is tough to catch a steelhead on this river? Even for the most passionate experienced steelheaders?

Ok. I guess we"ll try to fish.

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I tell her that it is just a blessing to be on this river with its gorgeous surroundings, even without catching steelhead - attempting to temper her expectations. "It is pretty, dad". But she keeps talking about her last evening steelhead
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We have tied on this fly called the BivisiWang that 808steelheader gave her in camp. Emma is getting more comfortable with her casts, I am getting more comfortable talking about nonsense whilst standing next to her. She starts making hand motions of a steelhead eating a surface fly while she is gently twitching the fly across the pool. She asks if I have ever caught steelhead out of this riffle, I says "No, but I know good anglers who have". I am also still chewing on last night's events....and then it happens:
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1/3 of the way into the run a fish slashes at her fly as it approaches the softer edge, the reel screams

This kid, man. I am speechless.

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Emma earned her badge.

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She scaled the sketchy trails
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She pushed me to test her ability
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She earned her place at the steelhead camp
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She even learned a cackhanded Single Spey:
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She'll always be my little girl but for pete's sake...what is up with people's 1st steelhead being on a dryfly? Gimme a break...

Adrian

HelloMcfly 07-29-2019 10:40 AM

Great post. Made my Monday morning. Congrats to you and your daughter.

Cheers


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Bob Rodgers 07-29-2019 11:08 AM

Adrian,

Thank you for sharing this with us. What a great story!!

Best wishes,

Bob

Beatsmespey 07-29-2019 11:22 AM

Fantastic. What a trip for the books. Introducing kids to exploring the outdoors, not to mention fly fishing, not to mention steelhead fishing, and to 'top' it off surface dry flies... That has to be the cream of the crop. Well done. May there be many more trips to come.

Green Butt 07-29-2019 11:27 AM

Thanks for sharing this!

Bentley 07-29-2019 11:51 AM

What a great story and set of pictures. You set up this experience that will stay with her (and you) for a lifetime.

Rifflehitch 07-29-2019 11:57 AM

Spoiled rotten she is, well done young lady! Great job Adrian you are a great dad, memories that will last the rest of her life.

gunnarmcc 07-29-2019 12:02 PM

So awesome Adrian!
I have two little girls 4 & 5 and I was lucky enough to get the older one a couple of small rainbows on the swing this past weekend with the trout spey. I can't wait till they want to go steelheading with me.
thanks for sharing the story
Gunnar

eriefisher 07-29-2019 12:04 PM

Outstanding. I can't think of a better way to get out fished! That is a memory of a life time.

Dan

Aldo 07-29-2019 12:54 PM

Well, if that didn't just make my day! Congratulations to you both! Exercising my superior talent for pointing out the obvious, I'd say watch out, Dad - looks like you have a born Natural on your hands, there.

debarb 07-29-2019 01:19 PM

Fantastic! Reading this is the next best thing to being there.

doctor 07-29-2019 01:41 PM

excellent
possibly she will be dragging you to the river often.
beware her reading the rod and line catalogs, could start being expensive.
I know this as my son needs duplicates of my kit ,but the latest versions.

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JoshL 07-29-2019 01:54 PM

Awesome job Dad!

Al_James 07-29-2019 02:00 PM

WOW! Well done.

Upstateonthefly 07-29-2019 02:16 PM

What a great story! Simply awesome

Greenbuttbomber 07-29-2019 03:06 PM

Fishn.......
I sent you a pm earlier but on the forum here I just want to congratulate you on some ultimate incredible parenting.
Good Work!
Loren

garyk 07-29-2019 03:42 PM

Cackhanded Single Spey
 
Emma: Just wanted to let you know that your cackhanded single spey was so much better than mine. Congratulations on the steelhead. You have joined a fraternity that has comparatively few members. Thanks to your dad for sharing this post with all of us on Speypages!!!!!

Cheers,
Gary

Read1t48 07-29-2019 04:42 PM

Love it. Love it. Love it.
The Best. Every parent on this forum,who gets to share their passion with their children, knows just how SPECIAL this post really is. It's not about the fish -- but when you catch them on dries it kind of IS :)

Beautiful fish, pictures, story. All of it. Made my day. Archery season is around the corner. The dog days of summer are on my home river and I've been spending most of my time in the woods. But this post makes me want to fish. And to fish dries!. This story, and accompanying photos, needs to be published somewhere. I hope it does. Kids need more of this.

Emma:
Congratulations! I know you think you already have a great Dad, but you really do!! Cherish the memories and the time. Fish with him again. Expect to pay your dues. Expect good things! Steelheading, like life, can be unpredictable. But it's so worth it. You're a rock star. Did you see the news today? Some kid, about your age, just won $3 million playing Fortnite. Good for him. But you? You've outdone him. I'd rather take 2 steelhead on dries with my Dad over any amount of money. You could be inside the house playing video games or whatever lots of kids do. Instead, you chose to spend some time exploring God's creation. And with people you love. Priceless.

herkileez 07-29-2019 04:48 PM

Loved reading this...Great post !!

tspeyall 07-29-2019 06:06 PM

First steelhead....
 
Hello Adrian,

Congratulations to your daughter and you.
Embrace every minute of it!!
I wondered what you were up to since we exchanged hooks...now I know.
Great times for you and Emma and a fine job of documenting it.
Totally off the charts.
All good things to you both.

Tom

roballen 07-29-2019 07:27 PM

Entirely Awesome

DLD 07-29-2019 07:47 PM

Congrats on great trip and 2 lovely fish, what memories were made on this trip. Great read and hard to beat a first fish on a dry.Many great days fishing in both your futures. Made my day to hear it. Daryl

JB1963 07-29-2019 08:17 PM

Great Adrian...simply awesome!

Tubular Spey 07-29-2019 08:39 PM

Thats pretty awesome....congrats!

troutless 07-30-2019 01:21 AM

A thousand threads hand-wringing about tackle, kvetching about low-holing or run conditions, nitpicking casting technique....and then there's this. THIS is what it's all about! Good for you, sir, you are a lucky man. My nomination for post of the year!

dtrap 07-30-2019 02:01 AM

How cool is this post!! What a great experience together, congrats.
Took my fiver year old grandson out for the first time a few evenings ago for trout. We have a long way to go, I hope we come close to your experience some day.

bonefish808 07-30-2019 02:40 AM

Now that’s awesome!

fshnazn 07-30-2019 04:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Aldo (Post 2462074)
Well, if that didn't just make my day! Congratulations to you both! Exercising my superior talent for pointing out the obvious, I'd say watch out, Dad - looks like you have a born Natural on your hands, there.

I also enjoy pointing out the obvious...it drives my wife nuts!:hihi: Funny you mention it...the kid started dissecting her technique in how to fish the dryfly not soon after landing those 2 steelhead. Sheesh.

Quote:

Originally Posted by doctor (Post 2462086)
excellent
possibly she will be dragging you to the river often.
beware her reading the rod and line catalogs, could start being expensive.
I know this as my son needs duplicates of my kit ,but the latest versions.

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Cheers! I pray you're correct that she drags me to the river. I recall as a kid that I would beg my dad to take me fishing...sometimes, he would say no. I didn't understand that. So if Emma asks me to go...you can bet I will have the proper response.:smile2:

Quote:

Originally Posted by Greenbuttbomber (Post 2462104)
Fishn.......
I sent you a pm earlier but on the forum here I just want to congratulate you on some ultimate incredible parenting.
Good Work!
Loren

Thanks so much, Loren. I appreciate your compliment. As I drove back home with Emma, I was counting my blessings of having an incredible kid and I was just a fan. Cheers.

Quote:

Originally Posted by garyk (Post 2462106)
Emma: Just wanted to let you know that your cackhanded single spey was so much better than mine. Congratulations on the steelhead. You have joined a fraternity that has comparatively few members. Thanks to your dad for sharing this post with all of us on Speypages!!!!!

Cheers,
Gary

Gary, I will for sure pass your encouragements to Emma. Cheers, kind sir.

Quote:

Originally Posted by tspeyall (Post 2462134)
Hello Adrian,

Congratulations to your daughter and you.
Embrace every minute of it!!
I wondered what you were up to since we exchanged hooks...now I know.
Great times for you and Emma and a fine job of documenting it.
Totally off the charts.
All good things to you both.

Tom

Tom, your assumption is correct. My apologies for not keeping in contact after our hook exchange (I still need and want to tie up a Fail-me-Never for you). We've been busy with family holidays. Cheers!


Thank you to the rest of folks that viewed and responded to this thread. I appreciate your encouragements. Glad to inspire some of the parents of younger children to take a chance in sharing their passion. It takes a bit more planning and sacrifice...but the rewards are joyful.

And grateful to those before us, that shared the love of the outdoors with their children.

DrBob 07-30-2019 05:34 AM

great story

fshnazn 07-30-2019 07:06 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Read1t48 (Post 2462124)
Love it. Love it. Love it.
The Best. Every parent on this forum,who gets to share their passion with their children, knows just how SPECIAL this post really is. It's not about the fish -- but when you catch them on dries it kind of IS :)

Beautiful fish, pictures, story. All of it. Made my day. Archery season is around the corner. The dog days of summer are on my home river and I've been spending most of my time in the woods. But this post makes me want to fish. And to fish dries!. This story, and accompanying photos, needs to be published somewhere. I hope it does. Kids need more of this.

Emma:
Congratulations! I know you think you already have a great Dad, but you really do!! Cherish the memories and the time. Fish with him again. Expect to pay your dues. Expect good things! Steelheading, like life, can be unpredictable. But it's so worth it. You're a rock star. Did you see the news today? Some kid, about your age, just won $3 million playing Fortnite. Good for him. But you? You've outdone him. I'd rather take 2 steelhead on dries with my Dad over any amount of money. You could be inside the house playing video games or whatever lots of kids do. Instead, you chose to spend some time exploring God's creation. And with people you love. Priceless.

I will pass your words along to Emma. Cheers! I am humbled

mitchaka2fish 07-30-2019 08:08 AM

one vote for dad of the year.

big cheers,
shawn

GR8LAKES FLYER 07-30-2019 09:18 AM

That is just awesome !!
Congratulations Emma, way to go !!! Earning your spot at steelhead camp must have felt just amazing :):)

My hat is off to you for sticking with your daughter.
Well done brother, well done :)


Mike

moethedog 07-30-2019 05:53 PM

Remind Emma that I hate her!

:)

Adrian, listening to her “try” to tell the tale of that first fish was incredibly cool.

You’re a great dad, btw.

Keith

Jason 07-30-2019 06:43 PM

How can I “quadruple like” this post?
 
Too cool for words! That’s just awesome on several levels. Of course she’s been ruined for life now... lol

In all seriousness, although she probably has no idea, that trip will be one she’ll thrill (or bore) her own children and grandchildren with most likely. One of those magical times that will be forever etched into her and your memories. Very special!
JB

Jason 07-30-2019 06:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mitchaka2fish (Post 2462226)
one vote for dad of the year.

big cheers,
shawn

Perhaps... or daughter of the year? Most envied newbie on the river perhaps?

underachiever 07-30-2019 06:54 PM

That's a fantastic story. Excellent cackhanded single spey as well, great patience on her part to not rush the forward stroke.

Yardsale 07-30-2019 07:58 PM

As the father of a 4 year old girl who I'm getting into fishing as best I can I absolutely LOVED this. Pretty much everything I can hope for.

As the guy who just showed this river to a buddy for his first time, resulting in a 4 day skunkage, I absolutely HATE this. Well, so long as he doesn't see it I guess we're cool.

moethedog 07-31-2019 12:35 AM

Adrian,

As the father of a 23 year old daughter .... and one who turns 21 tomorrow, remember these magic moments. They come and go way too damn quickly.

fshnazn 07-31-2019 01:36 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mitchaka2fish (Post 2462226)
one vote for dad of the year.

big cheers,
shawn

Cheers, Shawn! I doubt I am deserving of the Dad of the Year title...I have a wife that reminds me of such :hihi:

Quote:

Originally Posted by GR8LAKES FLYER (Post 2462238)
That is just awesome !!
Congratulations Emma, way to go !!! Earning your spot at steelhead camp must have felt just amazing :):)

My hat is off to you for sticking with your daughter.
Well done brother, well done :)


Mike

Cheers, Mike! I will pass on the congrats to Emma. She was such a good sport those 3 days on the river.


Quote:

Originally Posted by moethedog (Post 2462308)
Remind Emma that I hate her!

:)

Adrian, listening to her “try” to tell the tale of that first fish was incredibly cool.

You’re a great dad, btw.

Keith

Keith, you, my friend, are an inspiration to me. Over a dram of Glenmorangie, it was you that put the idea in my head of bringing my family to camp as you had done while your girls were growing up. Being an only child, I had no idea what to face with girls at camp (I knew boys would have no problem). When you mentioned that your girls loved it...I knew I had to give it a shot. Here I am, just absolutely grateful for the experiences shared to me from folk like you.

You're right, brother, they appear and disappear. Cheers and blessings to you and your gals.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Yardsale (Post 2462322)
As the father of a 4 year old girl who I'm getting into fishing as best I can I absolutely LOVED this. Pretty much everything I can hope for.

As the guy who just showed this river to a buddy for his first time, resulting in a 4 day skunkage, I absolutely HATE this. Well, so long as he doesn't see it I guess we're cool.

:hihi: I feel you. I am hesitant to go back to that river now in the wake of Emma's success. What if go back and get skunked on my own? What will Emma say? What will her mom say to me? Under pressure....


Second Guessing...
Adrian

Hardyreels 07-31-2019 01:37 AM

This is perhaps the best post about someone catching fish I've ever come across on this forum, I enjoyed this.

Ard

YORKIE 07-31-2019 07:07 AM

Tell that daughter of yours, thats a none too shabby off the wrong shoulder Single Spey cast and as for the fish?, well you never mind her should be prouder than a proud thing on National Proud Day during International Proud Year.
You simply just can't buy experiences like that.
Heartfelt congrats to the both of you, put a huge smile on my face I can tell you.
Yorkie.


P.S. NOW PULL YOUR FINGER OUT DUDE!, cant let a slip of a Girly show you the way home like that :grin2:.

Captcaveman 07-31-2019 12:25 PM

Great story!!! Great pics!!! Congrats to you both!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

HandPlanedCane 07-31-2019 02:10 PM

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Adrian it was great hanging out with you and Emma last week and what can you say such a great story. The smile on her face as you told the story around the campfire said it all. Looking forward to seeing you two up there next year! I can't wait to do something similar with my kids when they get older - hopefully a speypages post in years to come. A few pics to add below I'll e-mail you some more later.

As said above, definitely you get the dad of the year award it just doesn't get any better than this.

Cheers,

-John

steelhead23 07-31-2019 02:49 PM

This piece would make a fine photo essay in Swing the Fly magazine, or similar. My hat is off to you my friend. It shows me that one can have his heart warmed and be jealous as hell at the same time. I love Yorkie's admonishment too. Emma likes steelheading, and is learning to drive - it won't be long before she is stealing sips of your good scotch too. Enjoy.

Lkono 07-31-2019 07:57 PM

So priceless!! Such a great memory! God is good!

808steelheader 07-31-2019 08:31 PM

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Adrian,
Great story and incredible memories made on Emma's first die hard steelhead trip. Great job being daddy guide. Your unselfish investment in tutoring Emma and keeping her safe on the water paid off big time! Her first two inaugural steelhead on dry flies...who does that?!?!

Such an awesome accomplishment for Emma with raising, hooking, and landing those magnificent steelhead and great job of guiding by dad. We were all jealous of Emma's success, especially the guy who can only get hatch brats!

As I said, the river chose Emma! Most of us go indeterminate amounts of time for any opportunity to tangle with with those unicorns down there.

I am truly honored that Emma decided to try my flies. That little ninja in that big buck's mouth looks like a tiny speck! Afterall it is tied on a little size 8 mustad s80 (3906 equivalent).

Just a truly amazing trip for the two of you. Emma's fate as a dry fly steelheader has been sealed!

Look forward to seeing you both again on future adventures.

Todd

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Yeti 07-31-2019 10:36 PM

What an epic father daughter adventure. That is a memory that will feed your soul’s for the rest of your lives! Congratulations!

speyoda 08-01-2019 03:54 AM

Beneath this experience between the two of you, lies countless hours, days, weeks, months, and years of time in relationship together. You've affirmed her strengths, helped reveal her passions, and taught her to pursue excellence. These are some of the richest rewards of parenting. Thank you for sharing your journey.

Nickels 08-01-2019 08:52 AM

What a great experience!!!! Makes me very excited for the time when my son will be able to (and hopefully want to!) join me on fishing trips. Some good parenting right there!

Skol Bandit 08-01-2019 11:03 AM

WOW! SO SO awesome. You've raised yourself a super cool girl.

fshnazn 08-01-2019 01:04 PM

Steelhead23, funny thing about the Scotch: I had a wee nip of Lagavulin from my flask in celebration of our last evening on a famous pool. Emma made this guttural sound behind me as the aroma of fine single malt reached young nares. I flashed a look toward the retching sound and laughed as she exclaimed, "Aaccck! How do you drink that?!"

Thanks for the kind words, Rich.

HandPlanedCane, great to see you again. Wonderful pictures. It was fun to share the campfire with you there.

808Steelheader,
She loved your pattern. I recall 2 moments: I tied on a Steelhead Caddis on her tippet one afternoon. This fly had actual feathers from Bill McMillan. The pattern was tied on a gold downeye gifted from Steelhead23. It was waking and muddling in and out of the surface, Emma rose a steelhead with it deep in a tailout but didn't connect. She then said "It doesn't stay up like the Wang".

At another time I tell her that I should have brought a tying vise so she could experience raising a steelhead on her own fly. Emma counters,"Why? There is only one fly needed and it's the Little Wang".

Great to see you and Wendi there.

Adrian

Cphatts 08-04-2019 01:24 PM

Beautiful story Adrian!!

It was great seeing the older pictures as well, and her progression over the years. My little 10 year old caught her first unassisted trout ever on a dry fly on Fathers Day, and I was so proud and thankful, and that glow that lasts for a long time.

For Emma to accomplish this on such a difficult piece of water, on a dry makes it more unreal. It just goes to show sometimes its meant to be, and no matter what the difficulty or circumstances, you just have to give it your all and good things will happen....and memory of a lifetime made.

THAT right there, is what fishing is truly all about!

Cheers!!
Tim

barnz3 08-05-2019 06:51 PM

This is incredible in every way. Speechless, and even a bit onion-eyed.

Congrats to both of you.

Suf 08-05-2019 08:57 PM

idk what I expected when I scrolled to 'new posts,' but it wasn't this!

Congrats to her on the gorgeous fish, and to you both for the quality time. That story will live forever in the family.

hizzoner 08-06-2019 08:55 AM

Great story..so much better than “the news”...

norcal tom 08-07-2019 11:56 AM

There's not a greater river on earth.

fshnazn 08-08-2019 05:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cphatts (Post 2462942)
Beautiful story Adrian!!

It was great seeing the older pictures as well, and her progression over the years. My little 10 year old caught her first unassisted trout ever on a dry fly on Fathers Day, and I was so proud and thankful, and that glow that lasts for a long time.

For Emma to accomplish this on such a difficult piece of water, on a dry makes it more unreal. It just goes to show sometimes its meant to be, and no matter what the difficulty or circumstances, you just have to give it your all and good things will happen....and memory of a lifetime made.

THAT right there, is what fishing is truly all about!

Cheers!!
Tim

Cheers to your daughter's trout, Tim (and on Father's Day)! Thanks for the kind words.

Steelchromedome 08-10-2019 03:21 AM

Adrian, this is an epic thread. I am so happy for you and you daughter Emma. What an amazing trip you both had. I know that sometimes it is easier to leave the kids behind and get some 'me' time on the river. I admire your selflessness by including your daughter in your passion for dry fly steelhead. It takes time and patience and sacrifice. It is so great that she got to taste success more than once on a difficult piece of water. EPIC THREAD. Thanks for sharing this story with all of us. Cheers.

Nate

OkieDokie 08-10-2019 04:00 PM

Great post! I've been lucky enough to participate in about 8 or 9 first steelhead among a mix of both kids and adults. Those sessions are more ingrained in memory than my own first experience.

Hope you've generated a lifelong buddy there, and good luck,

fshnazn 08-12-2019 06:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Steelchromedome (Post 2463628)
Adrian, this is an epic thread. I am so happy for you and you daughter Emma. What an amazing trip you both had. I know that sometimes it is easier to leave the kids behind and get some 'me' time on the river. I admire your selflessness by including your daughter in your passion for dry fly steelhead. It takes time and patience and sacrifice. It is so great that she got to taste success more than once on a difficult piece of water. EPIC THREAD. Thanks for sharing this story with all of us. Cheers.

Nate

Nate, thank you. I know you get it - when it comes to bringing the kids along, it takes planning and patience. But the rewards are so much greater (just as OkieDokie mentions below). Cheers, my friend.

Quote:

Originally Posted by OkieDokie (Post 2463688)
Great post! I've been lucky enough to participate in about 8 or 9 first steelhead among a mix of both kids and adults. Those sessions are more ingrained in memory than my own first experience.

Hope you've generated a lifelong buddy there, and good luck,

So true about watching someone else get their first steelhead - it is way more exciting than getting your own. I have also been fortunate to help a few people into their 1st dryfly steelhead...the afterglow is fantastic.

Salvelinus 08-12-2019 09:29 AM

Hell yeah!!!!


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