The buoy begins to glitter to finally sink in front of the skeptical look of a little boy whose arms can hardly hold the rod. If he manages to hook the fish, his smile will be so broad that it will be hard to erase for a long time. And the anecdote will become part of his life.
When a father, an uncle or a grandfather gives a boy a fishing rod as a present, in fact, they are not giving him a toy, but a philosophy of life. The hard part is to make that philosophy of life last forever: that is the true challenge for those who have to teach someone how to fish.
What attracts a child at a certain moment –generally, the unknown- may bore him shortly afterwards. Therefore, the way this true art of fishing is taught is very important.
It is necessary to understand that they are making their first fishing attempts, just like we did. Taking them out fishing for large fish is pointless, as most times, special techniques are required, and that is managed with the passing of time and the help of experience.
In order to awaken the interest of children in sport fishing, first we have to think that they have to have fun. They must feel that there is a magical world under the water which can provide incredible surprises at any moment. Patience is another essential requirement.
Training an angler is no easy task and it depends very much on the relationship established between the master and the pupil. There are those who assert that the "anglers' gene" is something innate and that it may be awoken at any moment during our lifetime, and it can happen both to children and grown-ups. The important thing is that the gene wakes up some time.
I am one of those anglers who even today, and after having experienced thousands of hours fishing, still keeps the fascination of not knowing what is under the water untouched.