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Old 05-20-2013, 12:57 PM
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I teach science and coach. I'm wanting to start a fly fishing club at my school that would teach students basic fly fishing skills and ethics. I'm wondering if anyone has done something like this or knew of any programs or organizations that would be helpful in getting this thing started.


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Scott: I've never done anything like that but I know that some TU or FFF chapters have helped out. You also might check with Orvis, Sage, TFO and Simms to see if they will donate equipment.
Here is a thread about starting a FF club at a university that might also provide some ideas:
Starting a club at my University!

You might also send a PM to fishingfly, he started a FF club at Auburn University awhile back and may offer some advice.
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Hi Scott,

I can't add much to what Larry has given as advice but will say, good luck & keep us updated as you progress.

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One of the first things (I've funded two in the past, one actually in the UK) is where do you get your gear, feathers, rods, etc. If you have a local fly club(s) they are a invaluable resource.

Run the idea past them on how they would set something like this up.

Only 'problem' you'll find is a short attention span for most.
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Try Scientific Anglers. They were a great help when needed at our Boy Scout camp. Even donated rods and reels fully loaded! This was for a merit badge program and no donation was even requested we just wanted a rod tip!
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Thanks for all the input. I'm going to make some phone calls and I'll keep you updated.

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Hello!

I did this very thing for many years. I was a JH science teacher for 15 years and ran what became known as the Young Anglers Group. We had T-shirts and everything and the school even eventually paid me as if I were a sponsor. We met weekly to tie flies, listen to guest speakers (I had guides, Game and Fish types, TU folks, and fisheries biologists come in), watch movies about fishing, organize weekend outings, I did lessons on reading water/entemology/conservation/etc. and practice knots/rigging tackle/etc. I tried to keep it limited to fly fishing but that was really tough. Very few kids had the gear. But I promoted fly fishing as much as possible. We organized trips to Flaming Gorge and fished from shore or on the ice when it was safe, we hit the Green in Utah, did some fishing here in town, some of the stocked kids ponds. It was a blast. I only quit when I took on coaching other things and moved to the High School. Its a great age of kid to introduce to fishing.
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Scott,

We donate product to many such causes. Leaders, tippet floatants, etc. If interested, please email me at the address below. I will try PM you, but many a times, my pms seem to get mixed up....?

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Hey Scott, I'm the one who started the club at my University and I would be happy to answer any questions you have. Feel free to PM or post in the thread.
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Scott,

Your local Trout Unlimited would be a great resource. I am on the Board of Directors of my local chapter and we help out several schools.

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