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Her Backcast Is Horrible and Her Loop Control Nonexistent. Feel Free to Ohh and Ahh.

Posted by Tom Chandler 5/2/2014

M2 with a fly rod No form. But lots of fun.

There was a time when a hole in my schedule might be plugged writing an article for this blog (like the fishing report and Gierach book review I owe you slobs), but these days, a free couple of hours might find me at the sandwich shop buying a meatball sub to split with M2, who -- being the younger kid -- doesn't get nearly as many solo outings as her older sister.

She can't cast and frankly, she's a danger to herself and others when she lays hand on a fly rod, but taking her fishing (this her first time) is still a remarkable amount of fun.

At least until she announces it's time to make poopie.

Fun, it seems, is never wholly without cost.

Still, stealing her away from pre-school two hours early feels like a hard-earned jailbreak to both of us.

No trout were caught -- and I knew that was probably going to be the case -- but I did take advantage of the visit to note my little creek is already showing some bones, and this in the midst of our typical roaring "runoff" period.

Oy vey.

See you at the sub shop, Tom Chandler.

M2-dad selfie The escapees...

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Tom Chandler

As the author of the decade leading fly fishing blog Trout Underground, Tom believes that fishing is not about measuring the experience but instead of about having fun. As a staunch environmentalist, he brings to the Yobi Community thought leadership on environmental and access issues facing us today.

21 comments
Awww. Father-daughter bonding time!! No matter the catch, I'm sure you had great fun!
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Have a very special Fathers Day, Tom, as you are a very special father. Hats off to you.
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Sully: M2 will always affectionately link meatball subs with that outing. And I think mom will always link tomato stains on my daughter's white clothes with my meatball subs. This whole yin/yang thing gets uncomfortable at times.
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Chris Raine: All these great pictures.All these great stories.Why don’t you start a fly fishing blog?God knows we could use one. Nope. It appears there's way more money in daddy blogging.
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Corvus: Parenting…where the days last forever and the years fly by.Cherish these times with your beautiful daughters. About the pithiest summary of parenting I've yet found.
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Awww! That is awesome. I'm sure she's already much much better at it than I am!
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All these great pictures. All these great stories. Why don't you start a fly fishing blog? God knows we could use one.
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YAY.
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One of the magical moments of every outing with your kids is when you transfer from hunter to gatherer. M2 will always affectionately link meatball subs with that outing.
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Parenting...where the days last forever and the years fly by. Cherish these times with your beautiful daughters.
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suburban bushwacker: And that ‘I love the camera and the camera loves me’ look is classic Yes, the camera loves me. I'm like a male model. My daughter does OK too.
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Trout Book: Looks like a fun day! Catching fish is not the only reason to go fly-fishing! Yes. Turns out she likes meatball subs.
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Mark McGlothlin: C’mon Dad, pooping outside is fun. My own poop, sure. When others get involved, the thrill diminishes.
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Footnote to above posts: Treasure every moment yourself. Those memories become more important every day to parents, as well.
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I love seeing kids going fishing..... My Dad always made time to take me. She'll remember these trips her whole life.....
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The Ohh-ing and Ahh-ing are un-contained. And that 'I love the camera and the camera loves me' look is classic Great pic you must be so chuffed
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Looks like a fun day! Catching fish is not the only reason to go fly-fishing!
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C'mon Dad, pooping outside is fun. And you never know what those early exposures will morph into. I would have bet the farm and then some that my little daughter who first fished about that age would never in a million years be copywriting at Orvis for fly fishing. I'm just waiting for her to bump TR off and take over the empire.
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JP2: No Barbie rig for that babe!Nice pics of Da and M2 field testing…… The old Fenwick 7.5' glass rod. Still the toughest thing in the rod rack, which -- for the little one -- is key.
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No Barbie rig for that babe! Nice pics of Da and M2 field testing......
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