TU Summer Fly Fishing Camps & Academies

Our Youth Camps Teach Youth Basics of Fly Fishing and Conservation

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A Summer Camp Created for Young Fly Fishers

The camps include a comprehensive fly fishing curriculum and draw upon the expertise and commitment of professional fly tiers, fishing guides, and experienced TU volunteers. All levels of experience are welcome at TU’s camps, and the goal is to have fun, learn a lot, and make friends with other young fly fishers.

 

A Summer Camp Created for Young Conservationists

Many camps include hands-on experience with a habitat restoration project and the opportunity to fish a variety of local waters. During the camp, the young anglers learn much more than fishing skills—they gain an appreciation for the need to protect our coldwater fisheries.

The First Step in Becoming a Teen Leader in TU

Attending one of TU’s summer fly fishing camps is a step toward becoming a teen leader within TU. Camp graduates are encouraged to apply for TU’s Teen Summit, a national leadership development retreat held annually.

A National Network of Summer Angling Experiences 

TU Chapters and Councils currently sponsor and operate twenty-two camps and academies across the country. This variety of venues means young fly fishers can experience many kinds of rivers and streams, angling techniques and trout species.


TU chapters across the country conduct numerous educational programs ranging from one-day casting or fly tying clinics to overnight summer camps. In 1995, Pennsylvania's Cumberland Valley chapter started the Rivers Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp under the guidance of the late Dr. John R. "Jack" Beck and the late Enoch S. "Inky" Moore. The award winning camp has served as a model for the growing number of camps being held around the country by other TU chapters.

To find out more about TU's conservation and fishing camps, click on the following links:

Arkansas

Dates: TBD

Contact: Dawn Schraeder

(870) 421-1432

Location: Dry Run Creek,

Mountain Home, AR

http://arkansaswhiteriver.tu.org/

 

California

Dates: June 18-19, 2016

Contact: Sam Sedillo

Location: Sagehen Creek Field Station,

Truckee, CA

www.facebook.com/TruckeeTU

 

Colorado

Dates: June 19-24, 2016

Contact: Mike Nicholson

(303) 987-8425

Location: Bar NI Ranch, CO

www.coloradotu.org

 

Colorado

Dates: August 1-6, 2016

Contact: Dennis Cook

(970) 372-9229

Location: Fort Collins, CO 

www.rockymtnflycasters.org

 

Georgia

Dates: June 5-10, 2016

Contact: Rodney Tumlin

Location:  Rabun Gap-Nacoochee

School, Rabun Gap, GA

http://georgiatu.org

 

Idaho

Dates: July 18-22, 2016

Contact: Darryl Kuhrt

208-870-6628

Location: MK Nature Center, Boise, ID

www.TedTruebloodTU.org/troutcamp/

 

Illinois

Dates: July 24-29, 2016

Contacts: Willie Beshire

Location: Ralph A MacMullan

Conference Center Roscommon, MI

www.obtu.org

 

Maine

Dates: June 26- July 1, 2016

Contact: Willie Grenier

207-872-2014

Location: Evergreens Campground,

Solon, ME

http://www.troutcamp.org/

 

Michigan

Dates: June 25- June 29, 2017

Contacts: Alan Brooks

(269) 370-3269 

Greg Potter 

(269) 781-5700

Location: Ralph A. MacMullan

Conference Center Roscommon, MI

www.kvctu.org

 

Minnesota

Dates: June 23-26, 2016

Contact: Diane Weyandt

(651) 773-2000

Location: Eagle Bluff Environmental

Learning Center, Lanesboro, MN

http://www.tunecamp.info

 

Montana

Dates: July 17-21, 2016

Contact: TBD

(406) 543-0054

Location: Camp Watanopa,

Georgetown Lake, MT

www.montanatu.org

 

National TU Teen Summit

Dates: June 21-25, 2017

Contacts: Tara Granke

Franklin Tate

Location: TBA

www.tu.org/teensummit

 

New Hampshire

Dates: June 22-26, 2016

Contacts:  David Magnon

Walter Ryan 

Location:  Metallak Lodge, Pittsburgh, NH

http://nhcouncil.tu.org/nh/youth-fly-fishing-conservation-camp

 

New Jersey

Dates:  July 24 and August 20, 2016, day camp

Contact: Jessica Griglak

(908) 637-4125

Location: NJ School of Conservation,

Stokes State Forest,

Branchville, NJ 

www.njfishandwildlife.com

 

New York

Dates: July 17-22, 2016

Contacts: Ron Urban

(845) 339-5938

Bob Mead

Location: Land of the Vikings on the Delaware River

Hancock, NY

 

North Carolina

Dates: June 19-24, 2016

Contacts: Linda Byington

nctu.rivercourse@gmail.com

(828) 859-6874

Betsy Craig

Location:  Lake Logan Center,

Canton, NC

www.rivercourse.org

 

Oregon

Dates: July 28-31, 2016

Contact: Dave Tenney

(503) 408-4898

Location: Mt. Hood Natl Forest, OR

www.clackamasrivertu.org

 

Pennsylvania - Lackawanna 

Dates: June 19-25, 2016

Contact: Charlie Charlesworth

ffnepa@epix.net

Keystone TU Summer Camp Facebook Page

(570) 954-5042

Location: Tunkhannock Creek, Keystone College, LaPlume, PA

 

Pennsylvania - Rivers Conservation Camp

Dates: June 19-24, 2016

Contacts: Clark Hall

(717) 697-4549

Location: Allenberry Resort,

Boiling Springs, PA

www.riverscamp.com

 

Tennessee

Dates: June 20-25, 2016

Contacts: John Thurman

(865) 494-7771

Jack Betchick

(901) 309-8127

Location: Great Smoky Mountain Institute,

Townsend, TN

www.tntroutadventure.org

 

Texas

Dates: January 14-15, 2017
 
Contact: Dakus Geeslin
 
512-389-8734
 
 
Location: Rio Guadalupe Resort
New Braunfels, TX
 

Utah

Dates: July 27-29, 2016
 
Fly Fishing and Stream Ecology Camp
 
Contact:  Paul Holden
 
435-757-1647
 
Cache Valley, UT
 

 

Vermont

Dates: June 19-23, 2016

Contact: Kurt Budliger

Location: Jackson's Lodge,

Canaan, VT on Lake Wallace

http://www.jacksonslodgevt.net

www.vermonttroutcamp.com

 

Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, & West Virginia

Dates: June 26-July 1, 2016

Contacts: Paul Kearney

(540) 229-0563

George Gaines

(202) 904-3547

Location: Graves Mountain Lodge,

Syria, VA

www.tucamp.org

 

Washington

Dates: June 19-25, 2016

Contacts: Mike Clancy

(360) 753-1259

Jim Brosio

(360) 943-9947

Location: Gwinwood

Conference Center, Lacey, WA

www.nwycffa.com

 

Wisconsin

Dates: July 14-17, 2016

Contacts: Linn Beck

Bob Haase

Location: Pine Lake Bible Camp,

Waupaca, WI

The camps include a comprehensive curriculum and draw upon the expertise and commitment of professional resource managers, scientists, fly tiers, fishing guides, and experienced TU volunteers. Many include hands-on experience with a habitat restoration project and the opportunity to fish a variety of local waters. During the camp, the young anglers learn much more than fishing skills- they gain an appreciation for the need to protect our coldwater fisheries and other natural resources.


For more information:

Franklin Tate
Director of the Headwaters Youth Program
394 Merrmon Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
Office: (828) 398-0178
Mobile: (828) 545-6902
Contact Franklin Tate

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