I have a blast fishing for Smallmouth on the Umpqua and John Day rivers when I can in the summers. Its even more fun if the kids come. They can fish and swim for hours and if the fish aren’t biting I can practice all I want with my two-hander since I’m not much of a swimmer, although later in the fall I occasionally go for a swim wearing my waders.
In the interest of full disclosure, these fish were not caught fly fishing.
The boys aint exactly purists.