Future Fly Tier – or A Truckload of Fly Tying Tools?

Last October at our family cabin, one of my grandsons was there with my daughter, Lyneah. They came to visit my brother and his family from Maine, while they were spending some time there. Benner, in age chronology, my third grandson, and at the time almost two, took an interest in my fly tying stuff. These are some photos of Benner and his antics; I thought I’d share them figuring those of you with kids and grand kids will enjoy these.

My grandson Benner - he's at that stage of contemplation as to his next move.

My grandson Benner – he’s at that stage of contemplation as to his next move. My fly tying station plays prominently with his behavior. By the way, comparing photos of me when I was his age, he looks very much like his Pappy, a true Bastian.

Uh-oh...he's going for the fly tying stuff!

Uh-oh…he’s going for the fly tying vise! His mother looks on in the background. Maybe Benner will one day become a fly tier like his Pappy.

Benner decided

Benner decided that everything within his grasp must go into the Wastetrol. In goes the AK Best hair stacker.

More stuff goes into the Griffin Wastetrol.

More stuff goes into the Griffin Wastetrol.

Still more tying tools being cleared off the desk.

Still more tying tools being cleared off the desk.

Gotta get these bobbins...

Gotta get these things, too…as yet, Benner does not know they are a bobbin and a spool of floss.

We ended up having to selectively move some things out of Benner’s reach. Like my bodkin.

This truck is freighted!

This truck is freighted!

Benner eventually chose to be tossed into the air by his Aunt Emily.

Benner eventually abandoned his interest in my fly tying stuff and chose to be tossed into the air by his Aunt Emily. Repeatedly. “Again! Please!”

A close family is a blessing. Grandchildren are a wonderful, life-enriching experience. One of these days my grandsons will go fishing with me.

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6 comments on “Future Fly Tier – or A Truckload of Fly Tying Tools?

  1. Kelly L says:

    Don, that is the cutest story. I loved it. It won’t be long before you can teach those grandkids to fish, and tie! Looks like this grandson has all the makings for a great all around angler!!

    • Don Bastian says:

      Thank you Kelly!
      I’m glad you liked this story. I have lots of stuff to post, and not enough time to do it all. Family topics are part of my life, and on occasion I like to share some of it. Thanks again for your comment!

  2. Dan Glover says:

    Nothing better than family and grandkids. Love the bobbins in the truck.

    • Don Bastian says:

      Thanks Dan, glad you like the story and photos. He was not encouraged at all to put the bobbins and hair stacker in his little truck. Shows the ingenuity and imagination of a kid. That was really funny, and cute. 🙂

  3. joel stansbury says:

    Don, great story & pics. Grandchildren are our blessing for not having killed our kids when they misbehaved. You are a lucky man.

  4. Don Bastian says:

    Hi Joel;
    That’s funny! 🙂 Glad you liked the article! Thanks for your comment!

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