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I am at a loss. he wants to start fly fishing. I have literally everything he needs to go out this weekend except one thing. a place to go. I would like to give him a shot at catching a fish, even if just a stocker. we are going to be in the south park area but are available to go anywhere 2 hours from there. I first thought the South Platte, but that's not right. Also thought about the Ark. Might even consider one of the lakes that is losing its ice. Any ideas on a super easy place for him to catch something small, have plenty of room for casting? thanks for any input.
 

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As far as a place that's easy to catch a fish that might be a reach. With that said I would vote the Ark. Lots of water to choose from and plenty of space to spread out. Best of luck!
 

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I would think a small pond would be easier to learn to cast on. The problem with any kind of moving water will be it carrying his line downstream and complicate the learning process.
 

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Learning to cast and catching fish are mutually exclusive. Cast in a yard Saturday and then go to Spinney and fish indicators Sunday. Moving water adds complexity. Good luck.
 

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Learning to cast and catching fish are mutually exclusive. Cast in a yard Saturday and then go to Spinney and fish indicators Sunday. Moving water adds complexity. Good luck.
This is REALLY good advice! Show him how to cast somewhere that he doesn't have to worry about water at all. In the street is a pretty good place. You can have him learn to get the line where it needs to be so he is prepared ahead of time. Trying to learn to cast, mend, drift etc is really a lot for one day...
 

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I think it is great you are introducing a friend to the sport and willing to work with them. Done right he will be a great fishing companion. I have taught a few folks over the years and some still flyfish. When I was 11, I learned to cast a flyrod in the street from my neighbor, Carl Hansen. Sorry, I had to name drop because he was a legend and I never knew it until I was in my 20's. I was 14 before I actually got to use a flyrod in the saltwater. I did not own a flyrod but he would spend time with me and let me use his rods to practice. I spent the next 19 years in Florida chasing saltwater fish and still love and cherish it.
As others have indicated on here, work on the casting and rod control first in an environment with little obstruction and challenges and the fancy stuff will be learned as he goes.
 
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