2013 Youth Camp a Success!
Our fourth, annual Youth Day Camp was again a “full house” of fifteen NoCO campers (pictured here) ages 14-18 from Greeley, Windsor, Loveland and Fort Collins. This year we had three girls...maybe reflecting the reported data in magazines that women are the fastest growing segment of fly angling.
The 2013 camp was fortunate, for a change, not to have to deal with last-minute venue changes caused by extremely heavy and prolonged runoff, drought level runoffs or post-fire urgencies. Again, all the campers were very successful catching fish! Poudre flows were ideal for wading and also for campers' line management, as were the RMNP Moraine park flows, and many campers experienced multiple hits, hookups and in-hand success. Even our time on stillwater resulted in more and larger bass this year.
The Day Camp is dependent upon our RMF volunteers and this summer nineteen members participated to make the event a success:
RMF is also appreciative of, and equally dependent upon, all our many sponsors, partners and donors that help make this event a success:
Larimer Boys & Girls Clubs
Colorado Parks & Wildlife
U.S. Forest Service
Natural Resource Conservation Service
Colorado Trout Unlimited
CMS Mechanical Services
Sylvan Dale Ranch
Stone Creek Ltd.
Hills Discount Flies
This year’s camp also benefited from a very nice article in the “Causes” section of the August 2nd Coloradoan newspaper, and we’re hopeful this will further contribute to continued growth of camp applications.
We again, for the second year, have stockpiled a few applicants who were underage or a bit late applying, and who will be contacted next year to provide an opportunity to reapply. The camp has always been held starting the last Monday of July and extending through the first Saturday of August, and probably will be again in 2014.
Adam Omernick, 2013 Day Camp Coordinator
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] learned a great deal during the camp. He is able to convey what he learned, and this camp made a huge impression on him. He has more confidence in his ability to fly fish, and I am particularly proud of his concern for overall stream health and environmental sustainability. His knowledge of biology increased dramatically as well.
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.