If you read my Penns Creek Trip report post you already know that my son Brendan learned to fly fish on that trip and he definitely has the bug - no pun intended. Since we've been back he has been wanting to do some more fly fishing but the weather just hasn't cooperated with our schedules until yesterday. Instead of hitting the trout stream I figured a trip to the pond for some blue gills was in order. I mentioned this pond in my Spring Practice post and that chasing the blue gills is a great place to start when teaching someone new. Even though we threw my son to the wolves with his introduction to fly fishing on a tough river to fish, he never lost the enthusiasm for the fly rod so I knew he didn't need the pond for some easy fish, just some more practice.
The pond is kind of in a dip on one side so you are standing about 8 feet below the top of the field and the other side the brush is as close as 10 feet, so this pond forces you to really pay attention to your back cast and forces you into some awkward positions but the blue gills really don't seem to care so much about your presentation so if it gets a little sloppy that is fine.
I changed spools and put the sink tip line on and tied on a green weenie, which has worked well here for the blue gills before, and then I sat down and kicked back on the hillside to watch and offer some comments and corrections. It didn't take long for the hillside to remind him to check his back cast and even forced a couple of roll casts out of him but overall he still had all the fundamentals down and it's been almost two weeks since his first instruction.