Later that afternoon we ran into Greg and his son fishing the upper part of the creek. Greg was fly fishing the creek and Isaac and I were both fascinated. After the trip I told Cheryl that I thought fly fishing might be a common activity that Isaac and I could enjoy together which would help to build our relationship. That is what led me to pick up a fly rod. What I didn't realize is how captivated I would become and how much a part of our family life fishing would become as a result.
When Joshua was old enough, he joined Isaac and me and started chasing fish with a fly rod as well. Now, a dozen years later I am proud to say how close Isaac and I are. As a family we have fished and camped our way across the western US and in the process have spent countless hours together.
Numerous organizations including Trout Unlimited encourage us to take a child fishing because fishing can introduce a young person to the natural world and help create the next generation of stewards. Some would argue that the simple experience of fishing can have a profound impact on life. Take a kid fishing. You may find that like me, the person most changed by the experience is yourself.