Last Saturday was the first day of trout here in PA and in the afternoon I take my kids to catch the colorful critters. Now the crowds are stupendous, the fish are fickle, but every dad is a little pushy to try to get his kids a good catch. A good hole and yes! the fish comes first to brennon my youngest (7) who like a good trooper brings it right in. the fish are biting good; but the time is getting late and I'm waiting for keyanna to hook something of the several bites she's getting. Well, She does- We're happy no thrilled! its a little bigger- and as we bring it to her feet the FISH comes off. oh the sour taste of dissapointment!!! She is feeling it the rest of the evening. We go and buy a little hand net to make her feel better. both kids press to go back the next day. We'll about the same spot; a few hours eariler. This is apparently a late afternoon bite and kids try to stay patient as several hours pass. At about the same time the bite is on. KEYANNA brings in her fish, triumphantly. and then brennan got the fish... and AUGHH. his comes off at this feet., but its way to late to stay any longer; mommy got dinner. NOW, Brennan is now devastated. long story short both kids have seen the thrill of success and the bitter pill of disapointement. we'll have to see how the kids take this. Keyanna is for sure going to be ok about it; she went back. but now brennan considers it a bit of a bad experience, which is a little sad for a dad whom wants to take his kids fishing. and dad has learned something about how frustrating it is too lose a nice fish; a few pics follow the first of brennan with His fish and keyanna being a Good sport about being in his pic. the second is keyannas fish but brennan is too upset to be in it.:sad2: Over the week, I've had the chance to think and i think it is another warning not to push kids into fishing they're not ready for. brennan is clearly not ready for bigger crafty fish. but although somewhat upset about it (anyone would be) keyanna is... she went back after loosing her fish and was a good sportsman to brennan. With brennan we need to get him into the easy fishing (gills, perch, calico) so he can understand that there is always the NExt trip, the next fish, etc. Keyanna is a BOC member and I've told her its time to come back and post. she has caught another trout since then.