Editor’s note: The following is exerpted from TU’s book, “Trout Tips,” available online for overnight delivery.
Try not to put a kid in a position where that first cast will be the only one that counts. Experienced fly guys are so used to situations where that first drift of a dry or swing of a streamer is going to be the producer. But for a kid, that’s a lot of pressure. If they flub it, they might not brush it off. It can hurt morale too much, and I think it can also frustrate the teacher, which is never good.
— Joe Cermele, Fishing Editor, Field & Stream.