Whether you are floating in a small boat or standing by the side of a stream, pond, bay, or ocean, KindFishing is a great way to get close to fish and nature. KindFishing opens up a whole new relationship for you with nature. Fish are curious creatures and always are trying to figure out if something is food. If one fish sees another nibbling at something, that fish will want to check it out, too.
There is small pond in near me that holds Trout, Bass, Sunnies, Bluegills, frogs and turtles. One hot summer day I was casting dry flies with a 5-weight fly rod. I knew that most of the Trout and Bass were hiding deep at that time of day but I was more keen to use a free hour to practice my fly casting. After one cast, I was stripping my line back in when during a pause my fly slowed near the lily pads a few feet away. A nice-sized Sunny darted out from under them to poke my fly. He quickly scooted back to the lily pads, paused and darted back out to take the fly and ran a few feet with it before spitting out the fly. I let the fly rest where the fish had spit it out and it slowly drifted towards the lily pads. After a few seconds, three smaller Sunnies warily made their way out from the lily pads to check out the fly together. I stood as still as I could as they stalked what they assumed was a dead or dying bug of some sort. One by one they each took a taste and poke at the fly. None ran with it but then a brown Trout about two feet deep cruised by, quickly rose and took the fly and ran about 10 yards off my reel before he, too, gave up the fly. If I had hooked that first big Sunny, none of this would have happened,
This is what makes KindFishing so magical. Instead of a fish sending out panic vibes when it is hooked and scaring other fish away, KindFishing creates a curiosity vibe in the water among fish. As the fish nibble or attack your fly or lure, more fish want to get in on the action. To keep them interested just change your fly or lure every now and then — this may also attract other species of fish and fish of different sizes.
So if you are floating a dry fly on the surface of a pond or lake hoping for a Trout you may get a big Bass crashing your bug. If that bug had a hook on it, you might be about to discover your 3-weight rod breaking point. Without a hook though, this is going to be an exciting few seconds as the Bass runs with your bug until he realizes it is not real food and spits it out.
At the beach I have had the thrill of casting a minnow-pattern into the surf and watching a small Striped Bass that was following my retrieve chase it across the transparent wall of a wave before veering off just before the wave broke. If I had been using a lure with a hook and that Striped Bass had taken it while it was behind the wave, I might not have seen such a magical sight as that.
If you are introducing kids to fishing, KindFishing is a great way to safely introduce them to the sport. Your day at the lake or pond will not be ruined by the accidental hooking of little fingers. Without the worry of accidental hooking, you can let little fingers try to tie their own knots, helping them to develop this valuable skill. Your kids will develop more empathy as they watch the Sunnies and Bluegills poke and nibble at their lure. Everybody has fun and no one gets hurt. And you won’t have to deal with the “ick” factor of kids complaining about fish slime or accidentally mangled and bleeding fish should they try to remove the hooks themselves.
Once kids are comfortable KindFishing and with a (hopefully) greater sense of empathy for the fish, if they do decide they want to hook fish they may take greater pride in carefully observing the practices of safe catch & release. And if they ever find themselves needing to fish to eat, they will know how.
Instead of catching a few fish a day on a hook, KindFishing lets you see and ‘catch’ many fish over and over again.