2014 RMF Fly Fishing Day Camp
Announced July 28 through August 2, 2014
On February 12, the window opens to apply for the 2014 Rocky Mountain Flycasters’ Youth Fly Fishing and River Conservation Day Camp, and the Application/Parents Information packet is available for download. No previous fly fishing experience is required. Applications are evaluated considering a background description the applicant provides of his/her experiences, natural outdoors interests and reasons for applying. Download your 2014 RMF Fly Fishing Day Camp Application Packet now.
The Day Camp program is designed for 15 campers (ages 14-18) and we expect that all openings will again be filled. The daily schedule is from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. All equipment, transportation between activity venues, and drinking water will be provided. Campers will bring lunches, rain gear, and appropriate clothing. Daily drop-off/pick-up locations for parents are included with the pre-announced daily camp schedule.
The Day Camp is a fast paced six days of instruction, participation, and great fun.
We’ll learn how to fly fish, and also about responsibility for the watersheds, riparian habitat, river ecology, and the trout. Other topics include fly fishing equipment, knots, regulations, water safety, local and regional conservation issues, invasive species, entomology, trout anatomy and behavior, and casting and line control.
Time on the water includes learning to read the water, electro-shocking trout on the Big Thompson, chasing finicky hungry trout on the Poudre River and in Rocky Mountain National Park, and a hands-on conservation project, as well as casting to eager bass on still-water ponds. Other days we’ll be catching aquatic insects and learning how to tie flies that imitate them to fool more fish, and also snorkeling to observe underwater habitat and behaviors. We look forward to having more great campers again, just as in past years.
Random comments from campers and parents
I learned a bit more about basic nymphing techniques, and I put them to use on the Yampa a week later, which rewarded me with a beautiful 18in bow.
• Previous Youth Camp pictures, video, and articles.
Interested RMF volunteers may visit our Day Camp Volunteer page. Day Camp volunteers have a great time too. Consider spending half a day or all six days on this program. Join us; you’ll be glad you did!
Contact Camp Coordinator Dennis Cook by email or 970-372-9229 for more Day Camp information or to discuss volunteer opportunities.
Help by making a financial donation to the Youth Day Camp or to our other Youth Outreach programs.
Other Youth Outreach programs: Youth Day Camp, Trout In the Classroom, Youth Festivals, Middle School age fishing classes, Scout Merit Badge program, and others Boys & Girls Club, Scouting, and Colorado TU Youth Camp.