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So I really REALLY want to successfully get my girlfriend and her daughter into flyfishing and from everything I've heard from others the best way to do this is to try your best to have them catch a fish or 2 on their first trip. So instead of the typical posting questions about where to take them and how to do it I've decided to go fish a few lakes locally to scout them out for myself before taking them. I have always found it much easier to land a fish on unknown waters if its a lake rather than a river or creek even though I almost never fish lakes. So I want to rent a pontoon boat to fish some lakes around here and then when I find one I can reasonable feel confident I will catch a fish on most times, then rent a larger boat that can accomodate the three of us, 2 adults and a 9 year old girl. So after going on and on I will get to my question, does anyone kn0w a place I can rent a pontoon boat and a largers more rigid boat I can row around in with my girls? Thanks in advance....if I can get them hooked on flyfishing, I am hoping I can turn some of our future family vacations into camping a lake or stream fishing vacations instead of laying by a pool or near a beach which I don't enjoy much. Or is there anyone out there with a pontoon boat and lake boat or driftboat I could rent from you? Thank you and Wish me luck!!
 

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Also hoping if this works out the way I am hoping I can finally talk my girlfriend into letting me buy a drift boat
If you just went and bought a drift boat without her permission, what would happen?
 

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If you just went and bought a drift boat without her permission, what would happen?
Probably just one argument followed up by a lot of questions that start out with, If you can afford to buy a drift boat then why couldn't you afford......nicer home......work less hours....so on and so....I don't think it would be a long lasting issue but I think she would say there are some other things that should've come before a drift boat. Just a road I wouldn't want to go down.
 

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Do you live in a state on the west coast?

I could ask more questions, but if you posted the city you live in....maybe a LOCAL boat rental offer would come to the table.
Good point, I keep forgetting that there are members from all over the country that are on here, so I edited the title. Thank you for the observation.
 

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I wouldn't start with fly fishing. Get a cheap 30 dollar spinning outfit. Get 8 pound green Berkley line, cost of about 8 bucks. Get a 3 dollar package of zoom trick worms in 6 inch size. Olive color. Learn how to rig weedless with a shaky head jig 1/8 ounce. Take your daughter and girlfriend to a lake with smallmouth. Cast to Rocky points. Lots of times they take it on initial drop so kids can catch them easy with this technique. Fly fish as they spin fish. Eventually they get curious about how your are fishing. Best advice I can give.
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Probably just one argument followed up by a lot of questions that start out with, If you can afford to buy a drift boat then why couldn't you afford......nicer home......work less hours....so on and so....I don't think it would be a long lasting issue but I think she would say there are some other things that should've come before a drift boat. Just a road I wouldn't want to go down.
I say test the waters. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. ;)
If things get bad, sleeping in a driftboat is always an option.

As far as rentals, a kayak might be easier to secure then a pontoon boat.
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I wouldn't start with fly fishing. Get a cheap 30 dollar spinning outfit. Get 8 pound green Berkley line, cost of about 8 bucks. Get a 3 dollar package of zoom trick worms in 6 inch size. Olive color. Learn how to rig weedless with a shaky head jig 1/8 ounce. Take your daughter and girlfriend to a lake with smallmouth. Cast to Rocky points. Lots of times they take it on initial drop so kids can catch them easy with this technique. Fly fish as they spin fish. Eventually they get curious about how your are fishing. Best advice I can give.
Thanks for the advice, that is a great idea the more I think about it, thank you!!
 

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I wouldn't start with fly fishing. Get a cheap 30 dollar spinning outfit. Get 8 pound green Berkley line, cost of about 8 bucks. Get a 3 dollar package of zoom trick worms in 6 inch size. Olive color. Learn how to rig weedless with a shaky head jig 1/8 ounce. Take your daughter and girlfriend to a lake with smallmouth. Cast to Rocky points. Lots of times they take it on initial drop so kids can catch them easy with this technique. Fly fish as they spin fish. Eventually they get curious about how your are fishing. Best advice I can give. View attachment 118958
This. As well as a rocket bobber and your favorite nymphs and a package of crappie jigs. Go find the smallmouth and bluegill. Bluegill pull like mad for their size and they will eat anything. Kids don't care what they catch. Keep them busy. Bring yummy fun kid snacks. Bring a net, most lakes have turtles and catching them and showing the kids always fun! Keep their fingers from the beak though!
 

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You're dealing with women here, which means there's only about a one in four chance that one or both will stay interested in fishing (based on bullet-proof analysis of my own efforts to get the four women in my household into fishing, which has resulted in only one being interested long-term, despite the fact they have all caught nice fish). Sad, I know, but it is what is. Best to understand that the outcome in your scenario may not have anything to do with how well you choose the location for your first trip.

As a father of three daughters, my advice to you would be to stay focused on the girls (not your own fishing) while you're out. Although I do only have one daughter that still likes to fish with me, the others will tag along for a boat ride with lots of snacks on occasion. The key for women, no matter where you take them, is making sure they get plenty of Dad's attention. They crave and need that, and as long as you give it to them, they'll go just about anywhere with you, even if they don't care to partake in the activity that brings you there.

I absolutely understand why you want to get the girls in your life into fishing. Logically, that means you should get more opportunities to do what you love while spending quality time with them. If it works out for you, that's great. If not, keep in mind that fishing by one's self can often be the most personally rewarding experience, and just ask the girls what else they want to do. If you're not fishing, you'll probably do a better job of focusing on them, too. Good luck!
 

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Try contacting 3 Rivers Marine in Woodinville.
The owners are very into fishing (gear, but still) and may have a used driftboat available if you explain your plight.
Can't hurt to ask and if you do find yourself wanting to buy a boat, they have been very upfront and good guys to deal with in my opinion.
 
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