River Conservation and Fly Fishing Camp

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what is it?

The camp is designed to educate 14 to 18 year old students on the importance of coldwater conservation and provide hands-on fly fishing instruction. Approximately 20 students are selected each year, based on their qualifications and a written essay on why they would like to attend the camp.

Dates: June 9-15, 2019

Location: Silent Spring Resort, Gunnison, CO

How to Apply: Please check back in mid-January when registration will open for the 2019 camp. If you have any questions or would like more information on the camp, please contact Dan Omasta (domasta@tu.org).

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Camp classes include:

Principles of ecology, hydro-geology, aquatic vertebrate and invertebrate sampling, hydrology, trout behavior, trout stream entomology, the biology of pollution, acid deposition, and politics of conservation and human effects on the Rocky Mountains.

In addition, the camp will include hands-on classes such as fly tying, fly casting, streamside ethics, angling literature, streamside botany, wader safety and survival, and the evolution of an angler. Students will also participate in a watershed project to repair habitat in a nearby stream.


Here’s what our participants have said about the camp:

One 2016 camper, Montie Pons-Benedict said in a hand written letter “My favorite part was either learning how to tell how healthy a stream was or camping out. I also liked getting to know the other campers. I could tell if a stream is healthy by how many aquatic bugs there are in the stream. I found a lot of stone flies up there which means that you have a healthy stream. I loved your camp and hope to go again next year.”

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“Our hope is that kids who attend our camp today will become the conservation leaders of tomorrow,” said Shawn Bratt, a veteran youth camp counselor and winner of national Trout Unlimited’s Outstanding Youth Education Volunteer. “It’s important for these students to understand the value of healthy streams and clean water and how they relate to our everyday lives. The camp curriculum has been structured to provide the necessary foundation for that education.”