Rivers Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp in June 2013Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 03/06/2013 (2154 reads)
Last week while fishing at Big Spring Creek, David Weaver pointed out a section of the stream that had some bank stabilization completed with logs supporting and narrowing the stream. He commented that the project was completed by the students participating in the Rivers Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp several years ago. I was impressed to see what a good job had been done to help the stream out and it was in great condition after several years.
For those not familiar with Rivers Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp it is a week long summer camp held every year in June for young men and women to become more educated on the importance of coldwater conservation.
A good portion of the time during camp students spend time in a classroom setting. Classes include studies of entomology, wetlands, ecology, hydrogeology, aquatic invertebrates, hydrology, watersheds, the biology of pollution, trout behavior and stream restoration. There are many sessions that take place on the stream or outside during the week.
The instructors in the program often include leading experts including many from state agencies like the PFBC, DEP and DCNR. Also many expert volunteers from the fly fishing community help out during the week. The Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited sponsors the program with help from the local chapters.
Every morning and evening the participants are given the opportunity to fly fish the catch and release section of Yellow Breeches where they stay for the week. June on the Yellow Breeches is an excellent time to be fishing. Lessons in casting, knot tying, fly tying and more are also part of the curriculum.
The cost of the program for youths between the ages of 14-17 is $350. There are different ways that finanical support is provided and there are several openings still available. The deadline for the early acceptance period is March 31, 2013.
Truly an exciting opportunity to learn more about conservation and enjoy fly fishing as well. To find out more please go to the website here where they also provide applications.
The members of Paflyfish at last years May Jamboree collected money and made a donation in support of the students attending Rivers Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp.
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