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.

Fish Camp Sign | www.johnkreft.com

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.

Redington Rods Lined Up | www.johnkreft.com

And we have an assortment of “piles”…

Rod cases…

Redington Rod Cases | www.johnkreft.com


Wading Boots | www.johnkreft.com

The setting is beautiful and our Central Oregon weather cooperated so far for Fish Camp. The forecast for the last day looks good too. 

Shevlin Pond Fishing | www.johnkreft.com

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.

Enjoy…go fish!

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