2014 58th Oklahoma Youth Wildlife & Forestry Camp

Once again, the LMFRF had some volunteers come out to teach fly casting and fishing to the OYWFC during the first week of June. The camp had a close record of 62 kids this year but thanks to the Dallas Orvis store and Jesse and Linda King at Three Rivers Fly Shop, we had enough rods for all the kids to cast .

Lew Duckwall, Mark Lewis, Tom Atwood, Main Huchinson, and Pat Waters held field casting lessons on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings and then took whoever signed up for fishing to the Evening Hole from 3-5 in the afternoon both days. As there are a number of activities to sign up for, we can hold our head high as we had a full compliment of twenty campers each day as well as a few intrepid counselors that wanted to learn also.

The trout were not as receptive as we had hoped for but enough of them showed interest or were caught to keep things lively. And after two days we only had three broken rods! However, by the second day there were at least eight of the campers that could hold their own fishing anywhere on the LMFR. We were quite proud of their progress and interest.

The one aspect we added this year was a short talk on trout and the proper handling of them, and a short talk on fly fishing etiquette. ¬†We saw a big difference in behavior on the stream this year over past years and we realized that there are many things besides the cast (and ‘mend, mend, mend’) that need to be passed down to the next generation.

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Enhancing trout fishing on the Lower Mountain Fork River in Southeast Oklahoma