Tiny Baetis mayflies are perhaps the most commonly encountered and imitated by anglers on all American trout streams due to their great abundance, widespread distribution, and trout-friendly emergence habits.
Shawnny3 on Jul 16, 2012July 16th, 2012, 6:32 am EDT
I took my 5-year-old son out with me recently, and while we were fishing, a guy with a fancy camera started taking our picture. Turned out he was Gary Cameron, a photojournalist from Reuters in town for the Sandusky trial. He was trying to find something to do in his spare time, so he decided to hit a local stream and take some photos. He did a great job of capturing what it's like to be with my son on the stream - as a father, these will always be a treasure to me.
Shawnny3 on Jul 16, 2012July 16th, 2012, 8:59 am EDT
Just added the rest of the pics (some with actual fish in them!). I think my favorite one is the last one. When Em fishes, he always takes that very stick (his "rod") with him, and splashes it in the water ("fishes" with it) while I'm fishing with my rod. Then, on the way home, he puzzles over why I was able to catch fish on my rod but he was unable to catch any on his. Still, he never gets discouraged, and just keeps bringing the splashing stick time after time.
There's a bit of a sad story with the hat. The last time he went fishing with me, he and his brother tromped around so many paths in the woods that by the time I realized he wasn't wearing his hat, neither of them had a clue where he'd left it. We looked for it for awhile, but trying to retrace the steps of a 5-year-old over a two-hour period (every place we went he said, "I think I left it here, dad") is pretty difficult to do. So we lost it. I'm glad I have these pics, though, to remember what he looked like the first times he went fishing with me.
Shawnny3 on Jul 16, 2012July 16th, 2012, 5:30 pm EDT
Looks like a good fishing trip too.
Same fish caught over and over. Stupid fish.
Yeah, I don't know what camera and lens he was using, but he obviously knew what he was doing with them. I'm amazed at the resolution when you look at them full size. In one photo, you can make out what kinds of knots I used in my leader. I was fishing a two-fly rig, a size 22 and a size 24, and if you know what I like to fish, in two different images you can make a pretty good guess as to which pattern each of them is. Not wanting to interfere, he was standing probably twenty feet away when he took the pics. Very impressive work.
Your last paragraph reminded me of those old Family Circus cartoons
Oldredbarn on Jul 25, 2012July 25th, 2012, 6:35 am EDT
Wonderful photos Shawn! I'm up on Beaver Island in northern Michigan and took my wife out in a row boat yesterday on one of the lakes here. She caught her first Bluegill on a fly rod.
I love that "classic" angling attire you have on there! :) Can't beat summertime.
I was thinking that your son's "stick" could well be a hockey one soon and he'll be banging it on a harder surface. I can't tell you how many times I've wanted to bang my rod on the water or throw it in to the trees! :)
Thanks for letting us tag-a-long!
"Even when my best efforts fail it's a satisfying challenge, and that, after all, is the essence of fly fishing." -Chauncy Lively
"Envy not the man who lives beside the river, but the man the river flows through." Joseph T Heywood