On Sunday August 5,2018, CalTrout led a Fly Fishing 101 event at Lake Piru in the Santa Clara River watershed.
About 18 scouts and parents from Boy Scout Troup 799 – Thousand Oaks, CA learned the basics of fly rods, reels, lines and leaders; and how to fly-cast. Additionally, they also learned how to read the water and tie essential knots; how to identify insects and imitation fly patterns that trout love to eat; and fundamentals of stream ecology.
The class was taught by Sandi Jacobson and Russell Marlow of the South Coast region. Pictured above is Russell showing a scout how to cast.
Thanks to the Fly Stop in San Diego, CA for donating supplies and a camo hat to the winner of the fly-casting competition; and LL Bean and Golden State Flycasters for fly-rod combos.
Here are the scouts testing their new skills out on the water. They all got some time on the water but it was a little too windy for using hooks to catch fish.
We hope all the Scouts had a great time learning how to cast and about stream Ecology. Thank you to our South Coast staff and our sponsors for putting on a great event. Until next time!