South Nation Conservation welcomes participants to its annual catch-and-release youth fishing camp at High Falls Conservation Area. Participants will learn about knowing the rules, where to drop a line, selecting gear, baiting, casting, and even knot tying.
Finch - Jun. 24, 2011 - Fishing isn’t just about reeling in the catch. It’s also about knowing the rules, where to drop a line, selecting gear, baiting, casting, and even knot tying.
All of it will be on the agenda when South Nation Conservation welcomes participants to its annual catch-and-release youth fishing camp at High Falls Conservation Area, Casselman, July 5-7.
Youth 10-15 years old are invited to take part in the free event which will accommodate 12 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Register with SNC’s Ryan Robson at 877-984-2948, ext. 224.
A barbecue lunch will be provided on all three days; those taking part are asked to bring life jackets. Parents should drop off children at 9 am and pick them up at 3 pm.
“The youth fishing camp is one of the programs offered by SNC to help familiarize young people with the natural environment in our watershed,” said Robson who’s coordinating the event. “In the fall, we offer the same type of familiarization to young hunters.”
Robson said the approach is based on the belief that those who learn early to appreciate the natural surroundings develop into conservationists conditioned to protect wildlife and its habitat.
The fishing camp is held in conjunction with Ontario Family Fishing Week July 2-10 when the sport can be enjoyed on a catch-and-release basis without a license. SNC will recognize the week by holding a special day July 9 when old pros and first-timers alike are invited to drop a line at Jessup’s Falls Conservation Area; gear will be loaned to those without it.
Over the three-day youth camp, participants will learn about regulations, licenses, permits, fish sanctuaries and seasons for various species from Ministry of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Art Gamble. Robson will provide a fish identification course pertaining to the South Nation River and its tributaries.
The basics of selecting and using equipment will be demonstrated, with a focus on fly tying and fishing. Young participants will have a chance to hone their skills by putting theory into practice.
On Day three, participants will relax on the banks of the South Nation River while going after the Big One.
“At the end of the day, fishing is all about having fun with friends in the great outdoors,” Robson declared.