By Kirk Deeter
The most exciting part about fishing for me is sharing the experience with others, and watching that pilot light of enthusiasm get kindled. Of course, I'm really enjoying the experience of teaching my 11-year-old son, Paul, how to fish. But it doesn't stop there. And it doesn't have to only involve kids. The other day, I went fly fishing with my neighbor, Pete, for the first time. He is a natural. My only regret after the day is that we've been neighbors and friends for several years, and it took me that long to get him out on the river.
One of the most rewarding experiences I ever had was being part of the Bristol Bay Academy last year, in the Yupik village of Ekwok, Alaska. There, we were able to teach young folks from the native communities in the region the ins and outs of fly fishing. Talk about a wonderful cultural exchange; I learned as much as the students did.