Annual Illinois Trout Unlimited Youth Conservation and Fly Fishing Camp

Note:  Due to the pandemic, it is uncertain whether we will hold the camp in 2021.   If you have an interest, please contact Dan LaFave or Willie Beshire for the current status.  Once the pandemic has subsided, we plan to continue to hold future camps as described below:

The 13th annual edition of the Illinois Council of Trout Unlimited Youth Conservation and Fly Fishing camp is scheduled for July 26-31, 2020 on the Au Sable River near Grayling, Michigan.  Girls and boys aged 13 to 18 are eligible to apply.

The camp provides an outstanding opportunity for youth to learn fly fishing for wild stream trout on a pristine Michigan stream, while also learning about conservation of our coldwater environment.  Food, lodging, transportation and equipment are provided.

The 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 guide twelve 13- to 18-year-old participants through prime time morning and evening fishing sessions. Throughout the week, an abundance of “hands on” active learning opportunities will be conducted during the fully loaded mid-day periods.

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

2020 Youth Camp Flyer and Application can be downloaded below:
2020 TU Youth Camp Flyer
(a one-page summary suitable for printing)

2020 TU Youth Camp Application
(a one-page form for applying to the camp)


View a comprehensive slide show of what you can expect by attending the 2020 Illinois Trout Unlimited Youth Conservation and Fly Fishing Camp.

2020 TU Youth Camp Presentation Book

For more information, please contact:
Dan LaFave, Youth Camp Director:
Willie Beshire, Youth Education Chair, Illinois Council of Trout Unlimited: