Do you know any youth that are interested in learning about fly fishing? If you do, then plan on signing them up for the annual International Fly Fishing Fair Youth Camp. We are excited to be in Bend, Oregon for our 50th anniversary and have the opportunity to teach youth about fly fishing!
This year’s Youth Camp will be a packed two-day program, full of learning, fun, and fishing scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, August 11 and 12, 2015. It is designed for ages 8-17 and will offer a wide variety of angling and aquatic education topics. The first day classroom portion of the Youth Camp will be held at the Riverhouse Convention Center, kids and their instructors will be transported by shuttle to Pine Nursery Park for the casting portion. We have reserved Shevlin Park and a shelter for the fishing day of the camp. Those interested in volunteering, please go to the Fly Fishing Fair tab at our website www.fedflyfishers.org to sign up.
The camp will begin both days at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 4:00 pm, with a lunch break (lunch included) around noon. Anyone with special dietary needs please attend to those individually. Please make mention of any food allergy or diet restrictions when registering.
Instructional topics will include entomology; fly tying, equipment and accessories, explanation of the balanced system, angler ethics, fishing safety, abeyance to regulations, catch and release, fly casting and last but not least, FISHING! I am a registered Fly Fishing Merit Badge counselor with the Denver Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Any scouts interested in obtaining credit for requirements, please bring your own blue card and I’d be happy to sign off those that are earned.
Be prepared for inclement weather. Rain may not prevent continuing the program, but should high winds or lightening be present, we may have to make alternative arrangements. Participants need to bring a good hat/cap, sunglasses, sun screen and a water bottle, along with any rescue medications needed. Be sure to indicate any health issues or concerns also when registering. I appreciate everyone’s patience and flexibility to adapt to whatever conditions exist. I’m sure we’ll have a great time and a good experience.
Class will be limited to the first 20 registrants for each day. All youth 11 and under must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Plans for transportation are being looked into, kids will ride a shuttle to the park and back for casting, and we may request you meet us at Shevlin Park for the fishing day. Everyone will be notified of transportation plans prior to the camp.
If anyone has any questions of me in the meantime, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call my cell phone (303) 981-1245. I’m looking forward to meeting our participants and another great IFFF Youth Camp experience.
Bruce Brown, Chairman: Bruce Brown is a former police officer from Phoenix who relocated to Denver more than 12 years ago. Bruce is a registered Boy Scout adult leader and the chairman of a Fly Fishing Merit Badge Program for the Denver Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He has been a member of the Arizona Fly Casters and High Plains Drifters FFF clubs since 1986. His father is Dick Brown, Vice President of Conservation for the Eastern Rocky Mountain Council, who not only introduced him to the art of fly fishing and scouting, but also, the IFFF. Bruce looks forward to coordinating this year’s camp and introducing all new campers and welcoming previous campers to this year’s Youth Camp.
Mike Clancy, Co-Chairman: Mike grew up in the Seattle area and fished as a youth with bait for many years. As time moved on and he completed his working years, he retired in 2000 and learned about fly fishing. He joined the Puget Sound Fly Fishers, with Bob Shirley and Larry Gibbs as his mentors, both active members of the IFFF and WSCIFFF. It wasn’t long before he became active with PSFF and the WSCIFFF, committing to various officer responsibilities. Mike joined PSFF in 2001 and the IFFF in 2003 as a Life Member. He has served as an officer with the WSCIFFF since 2003, and presently, is the Government Affairs Chairman. Five years ago Mike became a Co-Director of The NW Youth Conservation & Fly Fishing Academy in Lacey, WA. Along with another individual, he took on the responsibility of continuing the Academy, after the founder retired. The Academy is for boys and girls 12-15 years old, conducted for one week, usually the last week of June. Mike is proud to be part of the Youth Program at the IFFF event in Bend, OR. The future of our IFFF organization is in the future of our youth.