Future Fly Tiers?

This is a recent photo of my grandson, Gabriel, and me at my daughter’s home. He seems very interested in fly tying at this stage – he’ll be three in late January.

My grandson, Gabriel, and me...he's on the right track to become a future fly tier. Perhaps he's thinking, "Is this a Grade #1 Cape? Might be good for soft-hackles...Hmmm.""

January 2011 - Gabriel at age two...pointing to the soft-hackles in my hand, saying, "Bug!" Note his hand on the vise handle...he loved the rotary feature. He'll probably be a Regal man like his pappy.

When this photo was taken, Gabriel was just up, first thing in the morning, still in his PJ’s. He was two when this picture was taken. If you look close, you can see a few Bergman Fontinalis wet flies lined up along the edge of my tool caddy. (You can click on the photos to enlarge them, and another click will increase size to full screen).

The other really amazing thing about the second photo is that the first thing I did was show Gabriel a #10 Fan Wing Royal Coachman, and without a word, he made the sign language for butterfly. And I did not know that, but when he did it, my daughter said, “Did you see what he did?”

“No,” I replied.

“He just made the sign for butterfly,” Kim answered. Gabriel had been watching sign language DVD’s since he was around ten months of age. He’s smart, because he had a pretty good vocabulary of that long before he could communicate orally.

My oldest grandson, MJ, checking out wet fly Plate No. 3.

This little guy is MJ, is my first-born grandson. I was spending time in December last year at his great-grandma’s house, Lou Anne’s mother, lending a hand to her, and also catching up on visitation time with him. While there, I finished the assembly of this frame, mounting the flies, hand-lettering the pattern names, etc., for this custom-order of wet fly Plate No. 3 from the book, Trout, by Ray Bergman. When I placed it on the floor where he could see it, MJ was transfixed and just stared at it for a while. He wore the bib during the day because of drooling resulting from teething. Later, after delivering the frame I showed him the painted color plates from the book, and he pretty much had the same reaction. Maybe he’ll be Bastian-family fly tier number two?

These two boys represent part of the joys in my life. They were born eleven days apart in January 2009. They are so much fun to be around. Living five hours apart, one in Connecticut, and one in Cogan Station, makes the occasions they are together very special. They each have a younger brother, Benner (MJ) and Andrew (Gabriel). I am very thankful for them, and very blessed to have four grandsons.

The photo below is a sample of what their behavior is like when they get together; playing in the dog crate. I can only imagine what they’ll cook up when they are older. MJ loves his cars, see him clutching them to his chest.

Gabriel and MJ playing in my dog crate. Their decision to go in, one followed the other. Boys will be boys!

8 comments on “Future Fly Tiers?

  1. David Mac says:

    Great photos!!! Let’s hope that Gabriel has his Grandpa’s Fly Tying genes.

  2. Kelly L says:

    Now that is a priceless picture there. I hope you have them blown up, and framed. That is too cute. Looks like he is headed the right direction!

  3. KimL says:

    Very cool! Love my little guy! Thanks for sharing, Dad!

  4. Steve Nack says:

    Get them started early! The pictures are really cute!!
    My friend, Dr. Gene Hughes, already has his 4 year old grandson tying flies at his vice. They aren’t pretty, but it is a start to something great in the future.

  5. KimL says:

    Great shots! Thanks Donnie!

    – Marc L

  6. Thanks to all of you that posted a comment on this topic, especially to mom & dad – Kim and Marc.

  7. Bill says:

    A wonderful glimpse into your private life, Donnie. Thanks for sharing with us.

  8. Dave Lomasney says:

    HEY DON,

    Very nice pictures of your grandson’s. Never to young to teach them the Trade…but I would suggest cutting the points of the hook for now!!!…I can see a lot of Quality fishin time with pappy in the future.
    Also the picture of MJ transfixed and staring at the framed wet fly plate, is the same way I felt when I saw them at Bean’s this past spring, only I did’nt have a BIB on…but I needed one!!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s