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Old 06-17-2010, 07:33 AM
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First Time Fishing with Grandson

I plan on taking my 9 year old grandson fishing for the first time and want to have him experience some level of success on his first outing. He lives in the Fitchburg MA area and I was wondering if anyone can recommend a pond/lake or stream near there where there is a good chance of catching something - blue gills, whatever.

I'd love to get him going with fly fishing, but wonder if I should stick with bait for now. What do you think?

Thanks for your help.
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Old 06-17-2010, 08:17 AM
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Virtually any pond in that area will have plenty of bluegills which are the best choice for this outing. There are several ponds on Ft. Devens that would be more than accomodating for instance, or Whalom is even closer. Good luck and start 'em off right
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Old 06-17-2010, 11:06 AM
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Having done this with 2 daughters and three neices, my advice is to keep it simple.
A crappie pole, bobber and bait works well (or tie a length of mono to the tip ring of an old flyrod). They also had great fun using the same setup with a tiny tube jig (saves rebaiting) and, best of all, a small weighted crayfish fly. And squeeze down the barbs, whatever you're using!
Allow for the fact they may lose interest before you do and want to go and hunt frogs.

Have fun - it's great!
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Old 06-17-2010, 01:30 PM
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A nice little "beginner" stream in your area is Willard Brook in Ashby of rt 119. First, it's small, very pretty and is loaded with stocked brookies. It's a good spot for a picnic too.

Good Luck!!

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Old 06-20-2010, 11:14 AM
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Flyman, I've done it both ways with my kids and grand kids over the years and the ones who now continue to fish and mostly now by fly are the kids who started out conventional gear. I agree a cane rod and a bobber would be the thing for blue gill. My daughter was an intense fly fisher by nine years old in Montana, even fishing the Henery's Fork in Idaho with some success. But she went for years refusing to fish anymore. Kids just burn out on the intensity of fly fishing and they have short attention spans. With the cane rod they can set it down keep one eye on the bobber and the other on their sandwich or the ants eating the sandwich.
Have a lot of fun fishing the both of you. They are the greatest days you will ever have.
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Old 07-07-2010, 08:41 AM
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Thanks to everyone who responded to my post. I ended up going to WalMart and buying him an inexpensive spinning rod outfit - the Shakespear Ugly Stick - and some PowerBait. He was so excited, he put the hook in the water before I had a chance to put some PowerBait on it and within seconds caught a fish. We started off at Whalom Pond and fished off a dock, catching three fish there.

Later, we went to a little spot I know on the Squannacook in Townsend and, although he didn't catch anything, he came close to getting a nice brown I saw chasing his lure. I estimated it at around 15". Fortunately, he saw it too, which was exciting. While there, a nice size turtle came swimming down stream just a few feet next to us. He found that cool as well.

Here's one of him with his fish:

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Old 07-08-2010, 03:33 PM
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I've still got the photo my dad took of me with my first fish 55 years ago (good grief!).
It was an 8" brownie, on a "garden hackle", and I remember I thought it was going to pull me in. No looking back after that!
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