One of the joys of social media is finding like-minded people around the country and the world. I have several sportsmen friends that I initially found through social media. Many of them I’ve had the pleasure of meeting live and enjoyed fun times in the “reel” world. One lady that I really enjoy following on social media is Mia Anstine. Mia and her husband are the owners of Wolf Creek Outfitters, doing guided hunts in Colorado and New Mexico.

I’m most jealous though of Mia’s daughter, Lea. Lea is the lucky person who gets to live and grow up in her mom and dad’s adventure life. In this post from Women’s Outdoor News, Mia describes how she got Lea initiated to float fishing on the San Juan River.

326px-SanJuanRiver2006After becoming proficient in casting a fly rod, it is fun to head to the nearest lake, stream or river. It is exciting to hook, land and release a giant rainbow trout as you stand on the bank. Then you learn to wade upstream and hook brookies. What could be better?

Float fishing on the river, that’s what! Nothing helps a fisherman perfect his or her cast more than standing at the bow of a raft, as an oarsman guides it downstream. Just as in life, you do best if you look ahead, because there’s no going back. You become precise in your aim as you attempt to place your bug in every hole and seduce a fish to bite. If you have never been, the Little Gal and I highly recommend trying it. Below are some tips on float fishing for children.

Where to start

Most of us don’t have our own raft or dory, so I would suggest consulting a fishing guide first. We live near the San Juan river, and if you are looking for a family fishing trip, this  is a great place to go. You can contact your local fly-fishing shop to see where these types of trips are offered in your area.

Photos: Women’s Outdoor News (top); Wikipedia (above)