2013 RMF Fly Fishing Day Camp
Announced July 29 through August 3, 2013
On February 4th, 2013 the window opens to apply for the 2013 Rocky Mountain Flycasters’ Youth Fly Fishing and River Conservation Day Camp, and the Application/Parents Information packet will be available then 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 2013 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
[Camper and parent] agree that this was a 10. I am amazed at the variety of activities and the abundance of information shared with the campers. Looking at the schedule ahead of time, [Camper] seemed a little leery of the nature and conservation subjects. He did, however, gain lots of great new knowledge from those subjects and continues to share tidbits of info with us. He has a new appreciation for our area and all it has to offer. Seems he might even have some interest in a career in a field related to the ideas you shared. Along with the comments above, the camp went well beyond our expectations. I know each of the campers probably listed “more fishing” as a suggestion for the future, but actually the balance was quite nice. [Camper]’s opinion was that he received a well rounded experience.
A typical camp schedule
Watersheds & Sustainability
River Ecology Trailer
Back & Roll Casting Intro
Eggs & Rearing Hatchery Visits
Fly Fishing Equipment, Rigging
Regulations & Ethics
Basic Fly Fishing Knots
Handling Fish & Knots Review
Conservation Concepts, & Ethics
Regional Conservation Issues
Trout Anatomy & Behavior
On-water Back & Roll Casting
On-river Riparian Habitat
On-river Reading the Water
Fishing With Mentors: Dry & Nymph Techniques
River Snorkeling for Habitat Examination
Entomology (Life Cycles & Forms)
Entomology (Catch & Identification)
Forestry Water Management
Methods & Ethics
Fly Tying: Introduction
On-water Stillwater Techniques|
Poudre River Ecology
On-river Restoration Presentation
On-river Conservation Restoration Project
On-river Rky Mtn Nat Park: Fish with Mentors
• 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 Adam Omernick by email or 970-689-1753 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: Trout In the Classroom, Youth Festivals, Middle School age fishing classes, Scout Merit Badge program, and others.