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The Next Generation

I came upon this video by way of Midcurrent and thought it was so excellent that I wanted to share it here for those who might otherwise have missed it.

It speaks to the essence of simplicity and a love of fishing.  As adults, we tend to over-analyze everything and make things more difficult than they need to be.  Kids on the other hand, haven’t yet mastered the task of tarnishing something by making it more than what it is. They do things just because. They just do it.

This is a great video by Brian Wise (Fly Fishing the Ozarks), head guide at River of Life Farm. The two boys in the video are Brian’s sons, Parker and Carter.

“What are you fishing for?”

“A lot of rainbows and some brown trouts”

“What kind of brown trout?”

“Um, like…um, a really big one.”

Ya gotta love the youthful enthusiasm these boys have for fly fishing, not to mention skills that would make most adults green with envy! It doesn’t take a stretch of the imagination to see that these two young fellas are going to grow up to be not only great, passionate anglers, but advocates for fish and fisheries: stewards of the resource.  For right now, they’re just kids having fun catching fish, and not getting too caught up in the details. And therein lies the beauty of getting kids hooked on fishing.

Clearly these two boys don’t need Olive to get them hooked on fly fishing, but hopefully they have the books anyway. You know, just for the fun of it.


  1. Brent Dawson

    This is how I started exactly. I want to sponsor these kids. Give me a shout. This is great stuff. I like to say out with the stubborn old the keep the industry down and in with the new who are cool. Great work.
    (408) 836-1242 call anytime to shoot the gab.

    • Kirk Werner

      Brent, I’m sure your enthusiastic offer will be appreciated! These boys are my new heroes!

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