If you’ve been reading Fly Fishing in Salt Waters over the last year, you may have noticed references here and there of kids who are doing great things with fly rods. For example, in the Jan/Feb 2011 issue (my first as editor) I ran a letter sent in by Sergio Diaz that read:
I’ve been a reader for many years and I just came back from a family vacation in Nassau, in the Bahamas. I’ve been fly-fishing for bones there for years but this time I got to take my son, Jacob, for his first bonefish charter, and luckily for us, he was able to land his first, despite heavy winds. I’m very proud of my 7-year-old, and we can’t wait to do it again.
Attached to the letter was a photo of the father and son holding a fish that neither one of them will ever forget.
I’m also a big believer that once a person (kid, or adult) catches a fish on a fly rod, they will be hooked for life. Jacob’s first bonefish he caught last year must have excited him a little bit because he and his father Sergio just returned from another trip to Nassau. Looks like Jacob (who is now 8) practiced a little bit over the course of the last year. According to Sergio “He’s gotten real good with those bonefish”. Nice work Jacob! And Sergio, thanks for sharing the pictures below.