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NoCO YOUTH DAY CAMP: RIVER CONSERVATION & FLY FISHING

Guest Blog by: Dennis Cook 3/26/2014

When: Monday, July 28 through Saturday, August 2, 2014

Daily:  8:00am to 6:00PM

Cost: $30.00

Application Download: www.rockymtnflycasters.org/proj/youth/camp2014.php

Contact Information:  Dennis Cook  rkymtnangler@Q.com  (970) 372-9229

The Day Camp is for NoCO high school age 14-18 young men and women and is open to the general public. The Day Camp provides experiential learning, field and classroom activities (8:00am-6:00pm) across six consecutive days introducing riparian conservation concepts and remedies, and engages youths to enjoy and respect our river resources and wild species. Content is balanced between conservation topics and fly fishing skills activities.

Trout Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Flycasters volunteers serve as fishing skills instructors on the Poudre and Big Thompson Rivers, on public and private ponds and on streams in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Indoor and field classes and activities educate campers about NoCO watersheds, benefits and problems of transbasin diversions transporting water from the West Slope to the Front Range, basic elements necessary for healthy water species and threats to them, and the necessity for overall ecosystems conservation measures. Campers complete a conservation project under guidance of Colorado Parks and Wildlife fisheries biologists.

Professionals from Colorado Parks and Wildlife, U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Forest Service, West Greeley Conservation District, Trout Unlimited and other partner organizations serve as expert instructors for conservation subjects.

Following is a sample of Day Camp classes and activities:

-Casting                     
-River and Stillwater Fishing     
-Entomology (aka "Bugs!")
-Water Safety
-Trout Anatomy and Behavior
-Dry and Nymph Techniques
-Fish Hatchery visits
-Fly Tying and Fishing Knots
-Snorkeling (Underwater Habitat)
-Conservation Restoration Project
-River Ecology
-Electro-shocking and Species Identification
-Riparian Habitat
-Invasive Species

**Applications are being accepted. 
**Advance application is required and campers are selected based on a brief written description of their interest.
**No previous fishing experience is required.
**All fishing equipment is provided.
**Campers bring their own lunch daily; coolers and water are provided. 
**Campers are required to wear appropriate clothing when outdoors in the field. 

Field activities are held on the Poudre River, Big Thompson River and public and private ponds.  Classes are held in Fort Collins community conference rooms and public parks.  Campers are dropped off and picked up daily by family or drive themselves. Location instructions will be provided if accepted to the program. 

Blog content © Dennis Cook
Member comments
Ajax5240, CO   3/26/2014 2:42:12 PM
I want to go.... That sounds like fun! Can you do one for adults? haha
 
Flyrodn, CO   3/27/2014 10:09:55 AM
I do hope a lot of folks take advantage of this opportunity. It doesn't matter whether your youth currently fly fishes, or even fishes. This allows kids a chance to learn about rivers, cold water fisheries, and get introduced to one aspect of the sport called fishing.
 
OldMikkDale, CO   3/27/2014 12:53:31 PM
This is really great. Another opportunity will be held at the Poudre Learning Center in Greeley which will be about teaching fly fishing for kids. I thank it will be free. It will include several sessions and will teach kids how to fly fish, how to tie flies and how to determine the hatch and much more. As soon as the dates are set, I will provide more info or have the director make a post. He told me even kids 5 years old could go. Should have this info fairly soon, I will visit with him next week.
 
the fishing dj, CO   3/27/2014 5:27:18 PM
I knocked out and tweaked my resume over the course of the past weak, and I'm hoping to make it in.
 
Ajax5240, CO   3/27/2014 8:35:39 PM
^^^^ someone make sure this kid gets in!! I wish I was as good an angler as he is at his age!! Keep after it buddy!!
 
Dennis Cook
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