Fly Fishing Camp helps teach students about conservation

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BOILING SPRINGS, Pa. (WHTM) – You’d think that after 9 months in a classroom, the last thing any teenager would want to do is enroll in another school over the summer. Well for 31 teen boys and girls from 6 states, the Rivers Conservation and Fly Fishing School is just where they want to be.

“We are looking for students who have an interest in conservation, and there is a selection process. They apply to the camp, there’s a committee that selects the students. The curriculum has been developed, builds one aspect of conservation off of one another. For example, the first session is the basics of ecology. We also have sessions where the students fish “, explains Operations Director Rod Cross.

As the name implies, fly fishing is a big part of the camp, and the famed Yellow Breeches Creek provides the perfect setting.

“I caught sixteen trout. I am not kidding you. I like to do as much conservation as I can. The way I look at it, around me there used to be a lot of streams that I liked to fish and the streams have been polluted to the point where there is not as many fish there anymore or there are a lot of anglers that go there that do not have good etiquette” , shares Camper Jacob Smith.

Getting these young people interested in the conservation and science involved in fishing promises a bright future for our sport.

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