Looking for a bonding experience with the whole family? Consider a weekend fly fishing expedition. Everyone loves a road trip, so pack up and head out to a favorite fishing destination for a memorable time. What better way to entice your young ones away from electronic screens and games than to surround them with spectacular Colorado scenery and unmatched fly fishing experiences.
Preparation is easy. Remember that a life jacket is a must for all young ones near any water. Stock up on insect repellent because it may not be just the fish that will be biting. Avoid sun burns with heavy duty sunscreen, and caps and sun glasses will protect against glare and any misdirected hook. Including a “just in case” first aid kit is a good idea. Be sure to pack favorite refreshments and a cooler full of cold drinks.
It will be easier to “hook” the kids on fishing if they are using equipment sized specifically for them. Fly fishing shops like my favorite, Minturn Anglers in Denver, offer beginner kits that are just right for younger anglers. To make the trip even easier, Colorado does not require fishing licences for kids under 16.
There are many accessible lakes, stream and ponds throughout the state which offer perfect places to spend a sunny afternoon catching rainbow trout. Many locations offer additional activities such as hiking trails, playgrounds and pools that will make the kids beg to come back for more. Here are just a few examples:
- Grandma and Grandpa’s Fishing Pond in Idaho Springs just 45 minutes from Denver offers handicap accessible ponds generously stocked with rainbows which are always ready to strike, as well as resident reindeer always ready to make new friends
- The entire family will enjoy the mineral spring water and fishing the Schryver Park Kids Pond in Manitou Springs, as well as swimming in community pool and picnicking in the playground park
- Explore the Fort Collins City Park Lake, fish off the large wooden deck, and enjoy the pool and huge playground or take a ride on the paddle boats and miniature train
- Visit the many fishing ponds in St. Vrain State Park, only a short distance from Denver, and check out new hiking trails and camping sites
- Another good option is to book fly fishing trips with Minturn Anglers and let them assist you with all the trip options including Kids Camp or Family groups.
Remember that a fishing trip is much more than just catching fish. The whole experience is a chance for the entire family to spend quality and relaxing time together, deepening relationships with those most important in our lives.