Why not fishing scholarships for youth?
It’s May, the unofficial opening of trout fishing season.
Now, if we could persuade the weatherman and the fish to get on the same page with us anglers, things would be great.
Mentioning Phil Genova and his impact on me as a youth angling instructor last week got me thinking about the subject of kids’ fishing clubs.
This subject seems to be another facet of angling that many chat a bout but seldom move past that talking stage. As one who was involved in school based fishing clubs for nine years, I can tell you they are highly effective in generating a kid’s interest in the sport, which will carry on long past high school.
If we are to become more affective in bringing younger generations into the sport of angling, I believe we need to look at what is being done outside our borders and drop our gear and species prejudices.
If we can do that, there may well come a day when we see our B.C. sons and daughters go on to post-secondary education on angling scholarships.
Our Lower Mainland lakes have been fishing slow to fair due to theunsettled weather.
Most of our low- to mid-elevation lakes are open; early season tactics are the key.
The Fraser River is fishing well in and around the cleaner water at the confluence of its feeder streams. The Stave River is good for cutthroat.
The Harrison River is good for cutthroat and rainbow. For rainbow try Big black, Kaufmann Stone, Sixpack, Irresistible, Czech Nymph, Zulu, olive Wooly Bugger, Souboo or Renegade.
The Chehalis River is fair for steelhead and cutthroat. For steelhead try Polar Shrimp, Squamish Poacher, Big Black, Flat Black, Popsicle, Kaufmann Black Stone, Eggo, Thor, GP or Steelhead Spratley.