The Hemingway Chapter of Trout Unlimited would like to thank the many volunteers who showed up to help the youth with fly fishing day. We had three separate events this year, each event was divided into four separate groups, fishing, birding, a hatchery tour by IDFG personnel, and a conservation game. This year approximately 125 children were involved. All the children enjoyed the day and caught fish and created memories to last a lifetime!!
Thanks to the generosity of the Wood River Foundation, Louise Stumph from WOW Students, Erika Greenberg, Spanish teacher at WRHS and Mrs. Greenberg’s level 5 Spanish class, a check for $500.00 was donated today to the Hemingway Chapter of Trout Unlimited in recognition of their conservation efforts throughout the Wood River Valley. WOW Students is a nonprofit organization that promotes good works and “growing the next generation of generosity.” Students from Mrs. Greenberg’s class chose Trout Unlimited after extensive research into valley non-profits to determine the best recipient for their generosity.
Accepting the check on behalf of the Hemingway Chapter, is long time board member Bob Knoebel, and new TU board member Enrique Dolores, a Sophomore at WRHS. The funds donated will be used to support the chapter’s Youth Education Program. New flyrods and supplies will be purchased to benefit more than 100 kids who chapter volunteers teach to flyfish each year, ensuring the future of the sport we love and inspiring the next generation of conservationists.
Adopt A Trout: Held Tuesday Oct 30th
Location: The Broadford Road Bridge South
Volunteers from Hemingway TU, Idaho Fish and Game and EPA met along with teachers, students, and parents from the Pioneer Montessori School, to participate in this pilot program to get youth involved in trout and environmental education. Twenty-five trout were captured using an electro shocker, measured, weighed, had a transmitter surgically placed in them and were put in a recovery cage overnight. The next morning all of the trout were healthy, doing well and were released back into the Big Wood River. The children from the Montessori school gave names to each of the fish such as Big Franz for a large brown trout, Sparkle for a beautiful rainbow trout etc, becoming personally attached to them. The students also logged, on a tracking sheet, the number and name of each trout along with specifics about the trout and will track the movement of the trout over the next six months to see where they go in the river. This was a successful first event and we look forward to see the results of the fish movement in the Big Wood River, canals and bypasses.
What is Adopt-a-Trout?
TU’s Adopt-a-Trout (AaT) program is a placed-based educational experience catering to elementary school students. AaT programs are focused on engaging students by putting them on the ground; up close and personal with cold water fish and their habitats. The goal of AaT is to ensure that students become active citizens in their community and future stewards of local resources. AAT keeps the focus and attention of students by emphasizing hands-on, real world learning. AaT programs do this by:
- Inspiring students’ curiosity and interest in trout, their habitat, and aquatic ecosystems.
- Partnering students with biologists and resource professionals on research and science projects.
- Exposing students to future aquatic restoration activities and projects.
- Providing students with the knowledge and skills needed to have fun fishing.
Hemingway Chapter of Trout Unlimited is in the process of updating our youth leadership program. We will select two persons to be Youth Advisor to the Hemingway TU Board of Directors. Prospective goals for Youth Advisors will be to help in leadership with other youths, coordinate outings and projects. Another aspect will be social media suggestion and input. All goals are to be nine with TU’s mission and vision.
Each year Hemingway TU provides various opportunities to educate youth in the Wood River Valley. Last year we worked with approximately 130 kids teaching them the value of habitat and conservation, as well as how to fish. Silver Creek Outfitters generously supports these efforts through donation of fishing gear. Recently we had a donation of Sage and Reddington fly rod combo’s and we purchased 16 more at cost. This added to the 4 flyrod combos donated by LL Bean will allow us to expose Youth to catch and release flyfishng.
Students spend the day at the Hayspur Fish Hatchery where they are given a tour of the hatchery, learn about trout, are taken on a bird walk and taught how to identify birds, play a game that teaches about ecology/ conservation and are taught how to catch and release fish with fly rods. We partner with Idaho Fish and Game who lead the hatchery tours and stock the pond with rainbow trout, to ensure many bent rods and smiling faces.
For more information or to be part of this great effort please please contact:
Bob Knoebel Chairman, Youth Education
Trout Unlimited, Hemingway Chapter at Flyrodbob@aol.com 720-0005
Below are the events we held in 2018.
photos by Bob Knoebel
Alturas Elementary School: May 2018
Hemingway TU members play an important role in teaching kids to fish and to appreciate our environment. Volunteers helped to SUSTAIN the sport we love by sharing our skills. We will spend the day with 80 fourth graders from the Alturas Elementary School many who are first time anglers! The day included fishing, birding , games and a tour of the hatchery (thanks Jamie Mitchell and your staff at Hayspur!). These enthusiastic kids had a great day as they caught a trout and then released it to watch it swim away. Volunteers always experience a reward for their efforts when they see the smiles on the faces of these kids.
YMCA: June, 2016
This year we had another very successful event fishing with YMCA students. There were lots of large fish caught on flies and released, resulting in big smiles on the faces of these ambitious anglers. Owls, yellow warblers, Northern harriers and red winged black birds, were just a few of the bird sightings the accompanied a fun and educational tour of the fish hatchery by the IDFG crew.
Higher Ground Youth 2014
This was our final youth education / fishing outing for the year. It was a thrill for these youngsters to be able to catch and release Rainbow Trout, see birds and play some games that helped them learn about the environment and go through a tour of the trout hatchery. Come out and volunteer to take some kids fishing. It is always a lot of fun for both the kids and the volunteers. Contact Bob Knoebel, Chairman, Youth Education, 720-0005 to volunteer.