We are entering the 14th year of the Youth Fly Fishing program for OBTU. This highly successful program allows us to pass on our love for the sport of fly fishing, along with the conservation message of Trout Unlimited to hundreds of area young people. The success of the program relies on our volunteers each year. We have a great crew, but are always in need of additional volunteers!
The Youth Fly Fishing program is conducted one Saturday per month from May through September. The program is available to boys and girls 11 through 18 years old— and is free of charge. Successful completion of the class meets all the requirements of the Boy Scouts of America Fly Fishing Merit Badge. We limit the class to 15 young people, and typically have a staff of 10 OBTU volunteers per class.
Our volunteer needs are twofold:
Presenters – members willing to present one of the class sections on basic fly tackle and flies; knots; fly tying; fly rod casting; outdoor safety; fishing regulations and etiquette; conservation and the message of Trout Unlimited.
Mentors – members willing to help the young people as they tie knots, tie flies, learn to cast, and fish.
We welcome new volunteers, especially those relatively new to fly fishing to be part of this program. Don’t worry about your skill level; we can help you brush up on your nail knot, or roll cast. What we need is an enthusiastic staff of volunteers willing to help newcomers to fly fishing.
Each year, we conduct a “Train the Trainers” Day near the end of winter. The program allows us to:
- Present an overview of the program to any new volunteers.
- Discuss any particular skills needed for the program sections.
- Review the previous year’s program with an eye towards any improvements that can be made.
- We will also cover plans for our 2018 “Trout in the Classroom” program which will also require volunteers.
This year, we will conduct the Train the Trainers Day on:
Saturday, February 24th
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
12545 11th Street
Lemont, IL (Near the intersection of Kingery Highway and Archer Avenue)
Whether you are new to TU and interested in finding out more about the Youth Education program, or a seasoned veteran, please contact Marvin Strauch and sign up for the Train the Trainer day.