I’ve been helping my wife this week with Fish Camp, a 3-day fly fishing camp for 14 students, 10 – 14 years old. It’s part of our fly club’s Next Cast Flyfishers (our youth program) goal to get kids into fly fishing in Central Oregon.
We’re teaching them about casting, knot tying, aquatic bug basics, fly tying, gear & equipment, safety & regulations, and actual fishing, which included safe fish handling to release fish to fight another day.
It’s quite a sight to see all the rods out.
And we have an assortment of “piles”…
The setting is beautiful and our Central Oregon weather cooperated so far for Fish Camp. The forecast for the last day looks good too.
Tomorrow, we’ll tie a few more flies and let the new fly fishers fish in the pond. Hopefully, they will hook up on some of the trophy trout Fish & Wildlife stocked in the pond yesterday.
This is our 4th year of Fish Camp. The Bend Bulletin wrote a terrific article last year which was picked up by the New York Times. If you’d like to see it, go to last year’s post – Next Cast Flyfishers Camp.
Well, I’m off to the Old Mill Casting course for a little more teaching tonight. Hopefully, a couple of our Next Cast Flyfishers will attend tonight. We’re planning on them casting the Redington rods with Rio intermediate fly lines on them. A few of them are planning to be at the East Lake overnight fishing camp in early July.
More on that in a future post.
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