I think a lot of us have gone through a process in our fishing.
I started off dipping worms for bluegill. A little later and I was slinging eggs and hardware for steelhead. I didn’t discover fly fishing and a love for trout until I was 21 and for a long time that’s all I did, maybe with a little superiority in my beliefs.
I had a kid. I wanted that kid to see/be around fish and where I was that meant bait for sharks. I started doing that and grew a love of hers for sharks.
Then, saltwater fishing, I rediscovered the joy of catching fish on a spinning rod… especially barracuda and jacks.
Kid #2 and a new bit of home water emerges, 4 houses away, and I find out we can catch (little) sharks there. He is overjoyed. Said it was the best day ever.
I’ll fish bait. I’ll fish flies. I’ll fish gear.
I still enjoy catching a fish on a fly rod best, but I’m much more pragmatic now.
The joy in his eyes… priceless.
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