Taking your kid on a fishing trip and then trying to teach her yourself can be difficult because the emotional baggage-good and bad-of home life comes along, too. So hire a flyfishing guide for a day and have the guide devote all his attention to the child while you stay out of the way. Your child will most likely thrive under the attention of an understanding yet detached expert. You’ll then have more fun fishing together in the days that follow. You might also consider a flyfishing school for young people, such as the one offered by Lone Mountain Ranch in Big Sky, Montana. Sessions start at $75 for a half day. More info: Lone Mountain Ranch, 800-514-4644;

Next Best: Vermillion Ranch, Livingston, Montana Sweetwater Travel Co. is offering a six-day kids’ flyfishing school July 3¿¿¿9 this summer on the banks of the Yellowstone River. More info: 888-347-4286;