There are countless reasons that I fly fish. These reasons vary from travel experiences and adventures to catching the actual fish on my fly rod. But a really important part of fly fishing to me is being able to share the sport with kids.
I believe that deep down we all have a certain group of people that we enjoy assisting. To some it may be elderly, to others it may be handicapped- to me, its kids. The love and passion that I have for the outdoors is so strong and being able to possibly have a positive effect on one child’s life through fly fishing makes it even more enjoyable for me (I didn’t now that could even happen.
I am blessed in the way that I have a huge family full of kids. And I mean lots of kids! I try to fish with all of them, but one specific kiddo in my family enjoys fishing the way that I do. Her name is Peyton. She can toss a fly, fight a fish and net it on her own at just 11 years old. Peyton hasn’t always been that into it, but this past year she has grown to love the sport so much and I couldn’t be more proud!
Seeing the smile on her face when she feels a fish fighting on the end of her line makes my heart fill with joy and it’s honestly one of the best feelings that I have ever felt! Knowing that I taught her how to do that and seeing the happiness that takes place is priceless.
I plan to use my passion for this sport to work in the fly fishing industry and get all kids outdoors and fill those little hands with fly rods!