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.