A fine day for fishing

CAMDEN?STATE?PARK – On Saturday morning, four kids and assorted adults gathered in Camden State Park to try their luck in the trout stream.

“We’ll be throwing spinners today,” said Lyon County Pheasants Forever President Nick Simonson. “The river’s up, and we need some stability.”

The kids had previously taken a two-week course Simonson teaches every spring on fly tying, jig and spinner making before the first outing of the season.

“I’m here to catch a fish,” said Daniel Bauer. “My dad and my uncles taught me how to fish.”

According to Simonson, the idea is to introduce the kids to fishing and get them outdoors to enjoy nature. Simonson said he thinks there’s a whole lot of character building in fishing too.

And what do they like about it?

“Everything,” said Sam Prorok. “Catching the fish. Cleaning is not that bad, though it’s not my favorite part. I catch and release most times.”

Prorok said he was after trout on Saturday, but he likes to fish for large-mouth bass at his family’s cabin in Nebraska.

“Point your finger where you want it to go,” said Simonson as he advised on the fine points of casting.

The day was clear, the air was crisp but not cold, the river was running high and the trout were biting, and Kaden Strate caught one.

“He caught his first trout today,” said Kaden’s grandmother, Marilyn Strate. “He’s so excited, he didn’t sleep last night he was so wound up. This is an awesome program, it’s a great opportunity. They learn to make their own flies and learn about fishing. The Pheasants Forever group supplies them with the equipment and the knowledge. I think it’s great the kids can get outdoors and enjoy this beautiful weather.”