Experience

by Annie Jones

I have been around fishing and the outdoors for my entire life. My dad has been fly fishing for as long as I can remember. When my brother and I turned about eight, our dad started teaching us how to fly fish. We have always adhered to the catch and release method. Drake, my brother, is a natural at it. I have been slowly improving my skills to feel confident at the age of 14. I can now cast without getting stuck every other cast, which is pretty awesome.

Despite my casting skills, I always have the best time on our yearly vacation to Ennis, Montana. Every summer, my family flies out to Ennis to go fly fishing. It's one of the greatest experiences of my life and I'm so grateful and lucky that I get to experience it.

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As a family, we have been going to Ennis for about eight years. My dad has been going since before my brother and I were born. When we go, we go on a guided fly fishing day down the Madison River and fish some lakes near the house that we stay at. This year, we were guided on horseback nine miles into the mountains to go fly fishing in Indian Creek. A few times, we had float tubes shipped out to Montana to use in the lakes. Float tubing is fun because you can reach places to fish that you cannot reach from the shore.

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