Still Got It

Snapshots of Father-Son Bonding on the Roaring Fork

Life doesn’t get much better than a guided fly fishing trip with your son. My son, Trevor, and I recently decided to take advantage of the skill and guidance of Ryan Davis from Hookers Fly Shop in Glenwood Springs for a full day of fishing fun on the Roaring Fork.

As usual, Trevor scored a couple nice rainbows first, and then the bragging and ribbing started. A smile on his face, he lifted an 18-inch trout to the camera and said, “Game on old man." (Me. Ha.)

His smile was short-lived because his Dad then hooked up something that took a deep run downstream. Ryan coached me to keep the fish out of the deep swift water and turn him back to the boat. Fifteen minutes later, the fish surfaced and rolled, taking another deep run. I saw it, and the panic set in. This was the biggest trout I'd ever fought. Finally, I brought it to the side of the boat and dipped in the net: a 24-inch, five to six pound rainbow trout. Then it was my turn to face the camera with biggest smile I could muster.

Trev and I boated about 10-12 nice rainbows and browns each that day--catch and release, of course. It was tremendously fun. If you haven’t done a guided trip before, this summer will be the perfect time to give it a shot. Invite the kids to join, and maybe even show them that Dad's still got it.

Rick French is publisher of Roaring Fork Lifestyle. He is a father of four and granddad of five.

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