On a side note, I took my brother further upstream into Cheeseman Canyon a couple of years back and we landed a few fish, and there is a bruiser still in there with a sore lip and one of my #22 midges (below is the scene of the crime).
1-It’s not about you
2-Don’t get frustrated (easier said than done, believe me)
3-Don’t fall in, especially with a backpack loaded with a child
4-Don’t hook a child
5-Roll cast, any other casting may lead to breaking rule #4
6-Plan on fishing for a total of 10% of your actual time on the water
7-Tie on your best pattern and don’t plan on changing, you won’t have time
8-Have fun, if you aren’t having fun remember rule #1
We arrived at Deckers mid-morning, just about the right time of year for a good trico or BWO hatch as the big fish begin rising and sipping on the….and then I checked myself and remembered the real mission, fish with the little girl. So my wife and I got the kids out, rigged my son’s rod with a San Juan worm, put on waders, tied on flies, dressed everyone in warm clothes, changed a diaper, applied sunscreen, loaded up the backpack and we were gone! One problem, my son wanted to be in the backpack. So after some negotiation and explaining that the backpack is only a one seater, we were finally able to hit the water without anyone getting too frustrated. We found a stretch of slower water (remember rule #3) and my daughter and I waded out for some roll casting and presentation of a small BWO nymph and emerger, not sure the exact pattern, but I am sure they were Hammer Creek originals. My daughter was into it! I heard ohhs and ahhs as we cast and the water brushed my waders. She got so excited at one point she started jumping in the backpack! My son and wife were hanging out on a rock trying to get his rod to cast the little San Juan more than a couple of feet.
Thank you brother for letting me write a piece for your site. I know our paths didn’t always go the same way growing up, but with fishing and family we are at least following the same path to trout water and family ties.