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5 Keys to a successful fishing trip with your kids!

by: Tim Emery 2/18/2014
5 keys to a successful fishing trip with your kids! 

Last weekend I had the pleasure of bringing my 5 year old son and 4 year old daughter ice fishing. This was the second time for my son and first for my daughter. These are 2 kids that love to be outside and love to fish. Why you ask? Here are 5 tips that can help make fishing with kids very successful!

1. Itís about the kids, not about you! Donít bring your rod and expect to fish. It doesnít work!
2. Plan on a very short time to fish and/or have other activities to do with the kids. If they get bored, let them throw rocks, hunt for crawdads or yell and scream.
3. Find a spot where you know theyíre going to catch fish. FishExplorer is the best resource for this. The first time I took my son ice fishing we caught one fish right away then nothing for an hour. A local boy came down and fished about 100 yards from us and caught a ton of fish. I picked us up, moved near him and we had a blast. We went right back to that spot the second time we went fishing. 
4. Let your kids do almost everything. Cast, bait the hook, remove the hook from the fish, hold the fish, and even kiss the fish if they want. I pinch the barbs incase they get a hook in the finger. Supervise to keep them safe, but let them feel like theyíre doing it.
5. Have fun! Laugh with them, give them high fives. Let them show off their fish to other people. Bring a bucket and let them keep some fish for awhile. Sit back and watch them fish. 

These tips are good for summer and winter fishing. Keep the kids safe, comfortable and happy! 

Now the big question you all want to know is, ďwhere did we go?Ē I may get in trouble for this, but itís not a secret and itís for the kids! Evergreen Lake has been fishing great. The fish arenít big but they are eager to eat. Make sure you check the conditions before you go; the ice was starting to melt. 

Iím sure many of you have other ideas and tips. Feel free to add them to the comments below.

An update on my fly fishing career: Signing day for the Professional Fly Fishing Tour is on Saturday in Boulder. We will be at Front Range Anglers starting at 9 am. If you want to see what all the fuss is about come check us out. . 

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Member comments
JCricket, CO   2/18/2014 5:21:20 PM
I couldn't come up with a better fishing trip than you just described. This is what it is all about.
 
opencage, CO   2/20/2014 7:25:03 AM
Number 1 is the hardest but probably the most important. If you put the time in early not fishing with them and showing them how, then later you will actually be able to fish with them. Number 4 is up there too. For our after school fishing club, we'll do the actual fishing on Thursdays, but Wednesdays we will practice casting, tying knots, baiting hooks, etc. Excellent write-up Tim and those pictures are great.
 
Tim Emery (Tim Fishman Emery), CO   2/21/2014 10:15:00 AM
Thanks guys! I'm hoping to create life long fisherman so they can always be with me! Hopefully when there teenagers, they will still want to go! Keep Fishing and make sure it's fun!
 
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