Photos of the Day: Young Guns and Big Rainbows


Written by: Phil Monahan

Miles Oliver caught this beautiful Pennsylvania rainbow his first time fly fishing.
Photo courtesy Miles Oliver

We received a couple of photos of young anglers and big fish this week, so I thought I’d pair them up. It’s great to see the next generation getting excited about fly fishing.

Miles Oliver (above) wrote:

It was Saturday morning, my first time fly fishing. My dad and I wanted to get into the sport so we went to Nemacolin Field Club. . . . My first fish that I caught was a good sized brook trout. And The fish in the picture was the second one. The feeling of getting to hold it after I pulled it in was well worth the wait. When I was finished admiring him, I put him back in and watched him swim away.

Max Benedict has a little more experience under his belt:

On Saturday the 19th, I was fishing with my dad on the South Branch of the Raritan at Ken Lockwood Gorge in western New Jersey. After about an hour of wading, I hooked into a nice 18-inch rainbow trout, which made two long runs. I got it on a caddis nymph, using a 5-weight Clearwater rod.

The South Branch is the home water of Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions, so we’ve seen it many times here on the Fly Fishing blog. I notice that Max doesn’t mention his father catching anything. Has the student become the master?


Max Benedict drifted a Caddis Nymph to catch this 18-incher from New Jersey’s South Branch of the Raritan.
Photo courtesy Max Benedict

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