Illinois TU Youth Camp Announced: July 22-27, 2018

The 11th edition of the Illinois Council of Trout Unlimited Youth Conservation and Fly Fishing camp is scheduled July 22-27, 2018 at the RAM Conference Center in Roscommon, Michigan.

The 2018 camp mission is to develop the next generation of coldwater conservation advocates while also providing a rigorous introduction to the sport of fly fishing on the famed Au Sable River in Michigan.  An experienced Trout Unlimited mentor team will instruct and guide 13- to 18-year-old participants through primetime morning and evening fishing sessions to help them develop a range of fly fishing related skills.   In addition, an abundance of “hands on” active learning opportunities will be conducted during the mid-day periods to explore the geology, biology, conservation initiatives, and history of the Au Sable watershed.

The camp is designed to be an intense experience that makes a significant impact on youth,” said Willie Beshire, Oak Brook Trout Unlimited board member and camp director.  “Campers will learn more about conservation and fly fishing in a week than most of us learn in a lifetime. It is an enjoyable and educational experience.”

The camp mentors and instructors will be comprised of Trout Unlimited members from Illinois, along with biologists from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Michigan State University, Western Michigan University and a private cold water conservation company.

The camp cost includes round-trip transportation from Chicago, lodging, meals and all required fishing and wading equipment.  The tuition fee is $575 (comprised of a $75 deposit at the time of application plus a $500 remaining balance due one month before camp).  Sponsorship is available for campers with financial need.

For more information, including an application please visit the Oak Brook Trout Unlimited website (, or contact Willie Beshire, Illinois Council of Trout Unlimited Youth Camp Director (; 630-200-2532).

Camp fly fishing instruction includes fly casting, fly tying, knots, basic entomology and what fish eat, reading the water, safe wading techniques, catch and release, and other outdoors and fly fishing related skills.