10 Year old ties flies

Kids love everything about fly fishing and 10 year-old Thomas Drummey is certainly no exception. He was 8 years old when he first began tying flies and has led tying clinics at several festivals and outdoor stores, including the L.L. Bean Store in West Lebanon, N.H. Read the full article in the Battleboro (Vermont) Reformer.


Article by Becky Karush, photo by Zachary P. Stephens

Missouri fly fishers teach kids to appreciate the great outdoors

A fly fishing club representing anglers from Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma teaches kids about fly fishing, tying and conservation.

From the Neosho Daily News:

Engaging youngsters in the outdoors is part of the mission for the Missouri Arkansas Oklahoma Fly Fishers.

“We try to keep the fly fishing club family oriented if we can,” Werries said.

Through different group outreaches the MAKO group tries to bring programming about fly tying, casting, environmental control to young people.

Read the full article HERE


Tenkara for kids?

If you’re tuned in to the fly fishing world, Kirk Deeter needs no introduction. Among his many accomplishments, which include being a fly fishing guide and author, he is an editor at Angling Trade and also Field & Stream’s fly fishing blog, Fly Talk.  Deeter brings up some interesting points when considering Tenkara as a good way to introduce kids to fly fishing:

I’m often asked what I recommend as starter setup for a child getting into fly fishing and I’m starting to think a Tenkara rod might actually be the best option. Tenkara () is a traditional Japanese style of fly fishing that employs only a rod (11-13 feet), line, and fly–no reel. I have my 10-year-old son Paul Tenkara fishing on a little stream by our house, and not only is he having a blast, he’s becoming a pretty sharp angler.


To read the full article, click HERE.

Joey’s Fly Fishing Foundation

Just found out about this tremendous organization, Joey’s Fly Fishing Foundation, Inc.

Where dreams become reality… it starts here with a child and a mentor.

Providing an incredible experience these kids may never otherwise have, the strength of Joey’s FlyFishing Foundation is in its individualized approach to bringing each child the most fulfilling flyfishing experience imaginable. This is realized through personalized instruction and tangible rewards. Each child is provided the opportunity to realize their potential through their own accomplishments; from designing their own lanyards to tying their own flies. The personal interaction this mentorship program provides ensures that their experience with Joey’s FlyFishing Foundation stays with them for life!

Joey’s FlyFishing Foundation was established in 2007 to reach out to youth and teach patience, confidence, respect and relationships through qualified, monitored mentoring and flyfishing!


Visit the website and find out more details about fly tying, rod building and 4 day camps HERE

We have added Joey’s Fly Fishing Foundation to our Organizations We Like page


West Virginia Kids learn conservation thru fly fishing

We picked this news article up from the Redington Facebook page. The original article was published by Herald-Mail.com:

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. — Wildwood Middle School students in teacher Carolyn Thomas’ science classes are learning how to protect the environment by learning how to fly-fish…Their instructors were Josh Nease, Trout Unlimited’s West Virginia Headwaters youth education coordinator for all nine West Virginia counties in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, and Kati Cole, of Trout Unlimited’s National Fly Fishing in School Program.

Fly fishing is a great road to conservation, and it’s great that Trout Unlimited is involved in this level of education!

To read the full article, go HERE.


Troutacular! Mountain Heritage Trout Festival, NC


From PRLog

May 20, 2011 – Troutacular!

the state’s newest mountain heritage trout festival, is planned for Saturday, June 4, 2011 in celebration of Mitchell County receiving the honor of Bakersville and Spruce Pine being named two of five pilot programs for Mountain Heritage Trout Waters Cities in North Carolina.

The Mountain Heritage Trout Waters Program was established by the General Assembly in 2007 as a means to encourage trout fishing as a heritage tourism activity.  Participation is limited to cities and towns that provide public access to trout waters which are currently in the North Carolina Wildlife Commission’s trout management program and which run through or adjacent to those cities or towns.  Both Spruce Pine and Bakersville –along with Maggie Valley, Waynesville and Newland-have been designated as part of the pilot program.

Activities are being planned that will provide educational and fun entertainment for participants of all ages.  Events for the festival will include fishing and wildlife vendors and exhibits, Trout Unlimited, trout fishing, Toe River Outfitters with demonstrations, children’s activities, a fishing tournament for cash prizes, NC Fish and Wildlife exhibits, local crafters and of course food!

“Troutacular!’s impact is growing each year as it brings attention to our region’s unique fly fishing and the Mountain Heritage Trout Waters program.  This event provides kids and families with a fun day to celebrate and learn more about one of our greatest natural resources.” said Senator Ralph Hise.

The Mountain Heritage Trout Cities Festival is a dual town Festival, connecting Spruce Pine and Bakersville in a one day event.  The event is coordinated by the Spruce Pine Main Street, the Town of Bakersville, along with community business people.

This event is free for kids age 14 and under.

For more information contact Adam Burleson, Spruce Pine Main Street. 828-385-2341

FFF Conclave: Youth Fly Fishing Camp September 3

The Federation of Fly Fishers annual Conclave runs from August 31 thru September 3 in West Yellowstone, MT. It is a spectacular event for all ages…including kids!

As part of the Conclave, the Youth Fly Fishing Camp is a one-day educational program that is not only a whole lot of fun, but also a great way to develop fly fishing skills and learn about the world in which fish live. The camp is designed for ages 8-17 and will offer a wide variety of angling and aquatic education topics.

From the FFF website:

The class begins at 9 a.m. and lasts until 4 p.m., Saturday, September 3, 2011. Instruction will be in the introduction of the equipment used in fly fishing, beginning fly tying, entomology, knots, angler ethics — including Leave No Trace and a discussion on Catch and Release, as well as, beginning and intermediate fly casting. The first part of the day will encompass the instruction, the later part, fishing in a still water environment, offsite from the Holiday Inn. For interested Boy Scout campers, you can earn some of the Fly Fishing Merit Badge requirements.

The registration fee is $20.00 for one child.  For families wanting to enroll more than one child the price is $30.00 for two kids or $35.00 for three kids.

For complete details go HERE.

Orvis Kids Derby

From OrvisNews.com:

“Last week, Orvis held its semi-annual Kids Fishing Derby at the ponds beside the flagship retail store in Manchester, Vermont. It’s an opportunity to introduce kids to the joys of fly fishing, as well as a way for the folks at the store to remove some of the larger fish from the population to ensure the health of all.”


See the Fully story here.

Great Smoky Mountain Trout Festival – NC

Saturday May 7, 2011 (9am-5pm) – The Great Smoky Mountain Trout & Heritage Festival is an outdoor event that introduces lessons in aquatic ecology, fishing ethics, water safety and the respect for outdoors as well as helps educate event goers about the various needs to conserve and protect our natural resources. It also includes sustainable living, timber, quilting and basket weaving demonstrations, live music and much more! Children 15 and under are free. Maggie Valley, NC.

Fly fishing fashion!

Catching fish and looking cute while doing so!