Ryouto’s Debut to Fly Fishing – Fish On Ozenji

2012/1/29 Ryouto’s Debut to Fly Fishing – Fish On Ozenji

We went out for fly fishing at Fish On Ozenji today, and my younger son, 4,  successfully caught his first fish, 39cm rainbow trout, on fly. He now follows his brother’s footstep who also caught his first fish at age 4.

He used, exactly the same setting as his older brother, tenkara fly rod called “Easy Fly” with pink egg fly. He couldn’t cast with just one hand, so I led him to do it in double handed.

So, again Easy Fly with pink egg fly proved its might on youngsters who wants to bypass the learning step of fly casting and go straight into fly fishing.

My older son (6), on the other hand, now faces the challenge of casting with conventional fly fishing rod & reel whose fly line doesn’t come easy as much as fixed length tenkara leader. As he finally managed to execute “pick up & lay down”, he caught his first trout on white egg fly.

He used both my 3wt floating line tackle and 4wt sinking line tackle and caught fish on both end. Proper fly casting is yet to come, but he now asks me  to take him out for practice on ground. Which is  a fine first step for this young pupil to start overhead casting.

Next Step for Older Son at Age 6?

Just as I read Joan Wulff’s notes on youngster fly fishing, it is true that young kids don’t have enough physical strength to carry on single-handed fly casting too long. My 6 year old son begins to getting into shape, but he mostly needs to do two-handed casting to stay in game.

He now needs his own fly rod that can give him choice of single/two-handed casting, in which case Echo’s Gekko 4/5wt is probably the best choice. SSP is 99 USD, so let’s see how he does on his next exam.

Next Step for Younger Son at Age 4?

I couldn’t manage enough time for him to go through the same lesson as his older brother on the concept of “catch & release” and “kill for food”. So he needs to go through the same thing next time we go out camping near mountain stream.

Also, his tenkra system needs proper line winder to keep things neatly in case we want to move from one spot to another. Let’s see what I can do with DIY tools.

3 Comments
  • Mike
    Posted at 21:00h, 30 January

    Casting or not, the point is catching fish! Nice work kids!

  • Jonathan
    Posted at 08:59h, 09 February

    Great pics!

    I bought my first fly rod in Japan in the late nineties and sort of taught myself to sort of cast (still not really any good at it) and caught two bluegill at Kawaguch-ko my first time out. I also used to regularly go to 朝かガーデン管理釣り場 as it was the only place I knew that was fairly easily reachable by train. While I wouldn’t exactly call the long walk from the station “easy” it was still much easier than any other one I knew.

    Now someone will probably tell me about a place that would have been much easier 🙂

    • neversink
      Posted at 22:40h, 13 February

      Asaka Garden still is hot spot for everyone looking for easy fun.
      We sure have lots more fun options.