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Back and forth e-mails with a young friend. Julie was three or four days old on her first trip. 'Mother' was going bonkers and told her to 'Shut the xxxx up.' Clue, changing dippers on a rock beach is a bit ch. But she seems to have survive into her 40's. Milk bottle, or what ever they were called, keeping warm stuffed into my down coat.

'Snuff-Snort' .. suck. Touch a new face.

Amazing Grace.

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All within their first year, in a pack on my back. Their mother and I figured safer than running along shore on a glacial Alaskan stream and either falling in or bumping into the resident brown bears.

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Never to young, probably 3 or 4 for my three wains at the cottage dock. I see you're teaching yours two handed already Chase, is that a white mouse?
 

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Out in his car seat watching me fish before he could walk (less than 1).

As soon as he was on his feet, followed me into the river is his shorts and sneakers in summer.

Swarms of midges and other bugs used to freak him out when he was a toddler, but fortunately that passed quickly.

Dan Bailey kids waders and the smallest boots they make (think a size 2???) by the time he was 8.

Now he is taller than me, though still the same wader size, so gear will not be grown out of.

TIME FLIES SO FAST WHEN IT COMES TO KIDS GROWING UP!!!
 

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I hope to have my daughter down on the river this spring. It has taken some convincing, pleading and down right groveling, but I am going to be able to have her out before she is a year old. No reason she can not be in the carrier while I cast dries for little specks. We compromised that she has to wear sunglasses and mom will be there as well.
 

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I had our first in the sling, casting from shore at a lake at nine weeks. He's been with me in the canoe since, and likes it when I catch a fish, but I'm really looking forward to him fishing. He's 2 1/2 now, so maybe next year? I'm considering getting him a kids tenkara set up, or maybe the Echo kids rod - any ideas?
 

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I took my 3 year old fishing a couple of times this year. They were fun days. Other than fishing there was plenty to keep her busy (e.g. throwing rocks!). I am looking forward to next year!
 

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Now he is taller than me, though still the same wader size, so gear will not be grown out of.
Started mine going with me at 4 and fishing with a double handed rod at 10 and 11. Both had landed their first fly caught steelhead by age 12. Youngest is still in kid waders although next week's trip will be the last before he moves to adult sizes. His older brother wore my extra waders and boots for a while but now is in the extra tall waders and size 15 boots. I don't mind buying him the waders but dang it, he can wade deeper than me now. :chuckle::chuckle:
 

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All awesome men...!!!

Anders...Cold....

A old Fenwick ultralight 4.5' I cut the butt section off and married up with a Loomis adventure...

As far as the two-handed approach...he drops his shoulder...bah
He has a cast like a laser beam now though...

These times are fleeting...slow down and groove it
 

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Probably 3 years old. Pretty amazing it took that long with as much as I am on the river. Back then I was a full time dad and guiding in the fall for some income and "personal" space. I didn't hit the river much for my own purposes.:(

My son caught his first steelhead when he was 4. Yesterday he caught his first completely unassisted steelhead on the swing. He is 8 now. After catching yesterdays fish he was really motivated to learn how to cast "like dad.":D

Here is his fish from yesterday:



The cooler is in the boat because it is deer season too...;)
 

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I started taking my daughter fishing when she was 3, when I got back into it. She took a break from it during the usual teenage phase, then she started coming out with me again. That sure was nice. One early morning on the water, she said, "Dad, I really like fishing, but mostly I just like being with you." Fast forward a couple of years, to when she caught her first chrome steelhead, and she said, "Dad, I really like being with you, but I REALLY like fishing!" Ha!

I saw this in a magazine today:
"Go fishing before their childhood becomes the one that got away."
 

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Good reads, good reads.

Best picture of my Son Gregory is in the bedroom. On the river at day break and needed to be at Church at 10:30. Sammy slew (how ever you spell that) was 5 minutes to the Church door. A cast under the bridge at Marymore Park and 'tap.' Second cast and 'tap.'

Handed Greg the rod, then 8 or 9, 'Cast just there, count to three and set the hook.' Greg handed the fish over to Father Todd at the end of Sunday Service. More to that as Ms. Todd called and asked 'How do you cook a fish this big?'

Put Greg on the phone to tell her the 'how.' A boys 'Right of Passage?'

End game is I've never hooked/banked (20?) that many fish in a year. Father Todd/Wife/kids (5 adopted) got every one of them.
 

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Always Remember

Ah yes, that magical moment when she hooked her first rainbow.

Summer of her third year, standing on the bank of the river with her pink Dora the Explorer rod. I rigged up a bobber with my best tied "Princess Imp" as she called it. Tossed it out into the flow for her and handed it back to her and knelt down behind her.

I told her to watch the bobber, and within about 10 feet of drift it disappeared. Helped her set the hook and then stood back and video taped her landing a 10 inch rainbow.

The wide eyes and big smile on my little angel's face forever burned in my memory bank.

Now she is ties her own flies and is working a little 4wt single. Two hands next year for sure!
 

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