When you clicked on this article you probably thought it was going to be a story reminiscing about my Dad teaching me to fly fish. Although my dad took me fishing when I was younger, this is a story of me taking my dad fly fishing.
Rather than take my annual Father’s Day pilgrimage to Lowe’s to look for a cheap, yet justifiably useful power tool, I decided to spend a little more than usual to get my dad something that we could enjoy together and provide me a memory of something we did together. Since I’ve spent the last year learning about fly fishing myself, I thought it might be something we could both enjoy and both learn something from.
Since my wife and I have the occasional use of a cabin down in the mountains of West Virginia, we decided to have my parents down for a weekend and to spend some time at the cabin, which is not far from Elk Springs Resort, near Snowshoe, WV. I booked us a guided day with a fly fishing expert from the resort and everything was in place for a great weekend! Friday night we took my parents to the Elk River Inn for a wonderful West Virginia fine dining experience.
On Saturday we arrived as Elk Springs Resort and soon met our guide, RJ, who was quick to get us outfitted in waders and boots and fly rods and we were on our way to a full day of fly fishing!. RJ spent the first 30-45 minutes on the lawn in front of the lodge teaching my dad how to cast which also re-teaching me to cast correctly. It was great to see Dad pick it up so quickly and I was also happy that RJ had been able to diagnose a bad habit I had picked up that was hindering my own casting technique.
It didn’t take long for us both to hook a fish on the Resort’s Spring Creek which is full of nice trout. It was the perfect place for Dad to catch his first fish on the fly rod and build a little confidence before heading to the Elk River. The Elk equally has some very nice fish in relatively high densities, but getting them to bite is one challenge I struggle with every time I’m there. Having a professional guide to show us where to fish and what flies to use was very rewarding. Our guide showed us a little bit of everything throughout the day, teaching how to fish different flies, where to drift them in the current, and how to cast in different situations. I think I learned just as much as Dad did!
To summarize the day, we both caught fish and had a great time. I wanted to write about this trip not only because it was a lot of fun and we learned a lot about fly fishing, but because it was also some good father & son quality time. I don’t know if your “thing” is fly fishing or something else, but the point is most of us don’t spend near enough time doing the things we love with the people we love. Fathers, do something with your sons (or daughters) that they will remember the rest of their lives. Sons, take your dads on an adventure that you enjoy and think they might like to try too. Fly fishing with my dad was an awesome time and I hope I’ve inspired a hobby that we can continue to enjoy together!