TU Fly Fishing & Conservation Camps

Our Youth Camps Teach Youth Basics of Fly Fishing and Conservation

Scroll down for camp locations and contact information for enrollment.

 

A Summer Camp Created for Young People interested in Fishing 

The camps include a comprehensive fly fishing curriculum and draw upon the expertise and commitment of professional fly tiers, fishing guides, and experienced TU volunteers. All levels of experience are welcome at TU’s camps, and the goal is to have fun, learn a lot, and make friends with other young fly fishers.

 

A Summer Camp Created for Young Conservationists

Many camps include hands-on experience with a habitat restoration project and the opportunity to fish a variety of local waters. During the camp, the young anglers learn much more than fishing skills—they gain an appreciation for the need to protect our coldwater fisheries.

 

The First Step in Becoming a Teen Leader in TU

Attending one of TU’s summer fly fishing camps is a step toward becoming a teen leader within TU. Camp graduates are encouraged to apply for TU’s Teen Summit, a national leadership development retreat held annually.

 

 

A National Network of Summer Angling Experiences 

TU chapters across the country coordinate education programs ranging from one-day casting or fly tying clinics to overnight summer camps. In 1995, Pennsylvania's Cumberland Valley chapter started the Rivers Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp under the guidance of the late Dr. John R. "Jack" Beck and the late Enoch S. "Inky" Moore. The award winning camp has served as a model for the growing number of camps being held around the country by other TU chapters.

TU Chapters and Councils currently sponsor and operate twenty-five camps and academies across the country. This variety of venues means young fly fishers can experience many kinds of rivers and streams, angling techniques and trout species.

 

See below for a full listing of camps and click to find out more. Not seeing a camp in your state or dates not working out? All of our camps accept applications from out of state!

 

Arkansas

Dates: June 24-25, 2017

Contact: Wendy Luna

Location: Dry Run Creek,

Mountain Home, AR

Arkansas White River Camp

 

California

Dates: TBA

Contact: Sam Sedillo

Location: Sagehen Creek Field Station,

Truckee, CA

www.facebook.com/TruckeeTU

 

Colorado

Dates: June 11-16, 2017

Contact: Jeff Florence

Larry Quilling

(303) 440-2937

Location: Bar NI Ranch, Weston, CO

www.Coloradotu.org/YouthCamp

 

Colorado

Dates: July 30-August 4, 2018

Ages: 14-17

Contact: Dennis Cook

(970) 372-9229

Location: Fort Collins, CO 

www.rockymtnflycasters.org

*Preference given to North Central Colorado Youth.

 

Georgia

Dates: June 3-8,  2018

Ages: 12 - 15

Contact: Charlie & Kathy Breithaupt

(706) 782-6954

Location:  Rabun Gap-Nacoochee

School, Rabun Gap, GA

http://georgiatu.org (under Education tab)

 

Idaho

Dates: July 16-20, 2018

Ages: 10-13 for campers. Leaders in Training ages 13+.

Contact: Richard Oehlschlager

Location: MK Nature Center, Boise, ID

www.tedtruebloodtu.org

 

Illinois

Dates: July 22-27, 2018

Ages: 13 -18

Contacts: Willie Beshire

Location: Headwaters of the Au Sable

Ralph A MacMullan  Conference Center

Roscommon, MI

www.obtu.org, | 2018 Camp Flyer

 

Maine

Dates: June 24-29, 2018

Ages: 13-17

Contact: Willie Grenier

207-872-2014

Location: Evergreens Campground,

Solon, ME

http://www.troutcamp.org/

 

Michigan

Dates: June 24- June 28, 2018

Ages: 14-16

Contacts: Alan Brooks

(269) 370-3269 

Greg Potter 

(269) 339-4686

Ric Augustine (registrar)

(517) 242-2603

Location: Ralph A. MacMullan

Conference Center Roscommon, MI

www.kvctu.org

 

Minnesota

Dates: TBA

Contact: Diane Weyandt

(651) 773-2000

Location: Eagle Bluff Environmental

Learning Center, Lanesboro, MN

http://www.tunecamp.info

 

Montana

Dates: TBA

Contact: info@montanatu.org

(406) 543-0054

Location: Camp Watanopa,

Georgetown Lake, MT

www.montanatu.org

 

National TU Teen Summit

Dates: June 17-21, 2018

Contacts: Tara Granke

Franklin Tate

Location: TBA

Southeast

www.tu.org/teensummit

 

New Hampshire

Dates: June 21-25, 2017

Contacts:  Phil Donovan

(603) 225-2511

Location:  Metallak Lodge, Pittsburgh, NH

http://nhcouncil.tu.org/nh/youth-fly-fishing-conservation-camp

 

New York

Dates: July 1 - 6, 2018

Ages: 13-17

Contacts: Ron Urban

(845) 339-5938

Bob Mead

Location: Land of the Vikings

Hanock, NY

 

North Carolina

Dates: June 18-23, 2017

Contacts: Joyce Shepherd

nctu.rivercourse2@gmail.com

(980) 322-5723

David Vigue

Location:  Lake Logan Center,

Canton, NC

www.rivercourse.org

 

Oregon

Dates: July 27-30, 2017

Contact: Dave Tenney

(503) 408-4898

Location: Mt. Hood Natl Forest, OR

www.clackamasrivertu.org

 

Pennsylvania - Lackawanna 

Dates: June 18-24, 2017

Contact: Charlie Charlesworth

ffnepa@epix.net

www.flyfishingsummercamp.org

Keystone TU Teens Conservation Camp Facebook Page

(570) 954-5042

Location: Tunkhannock Creek, Keystone College, LaPlume, PA

 

Pennsylvania - Rivers Conservation Camp

Dates: June 17-22, 2018

Ages: 14-17

Contacts: Clark Hall

(717) 697-4549

Location: Messiah College, Grantham, PA

www.riverscamp.com

 

Tennessee

Dates: June 18-23, 2018

Ages: 12-15

Contacts: Steve Young

John Thurman

(901) 309-8127

Location: Great Smoky Mountain Institute,

Townsend, TN

www.tntroutadventure.org

 

Texas

Dates: January 17-18, 2018
January 19-20, 2019
 
Ages 12-17
 
Contact: Dakus Geeslin
 
512-389-8734 
 
Location: Rio Guadalupe Resort
New Braunfels, TX
 

Utah - Paradise

Dates: July 25-27, 2018
 
Ages: 12-17
 
Fly Fishing and Stream Ecology Camp
 
Contact:  David Leta 

(801) 560-5382

Paradise, UT
 

Utah - Cache Valley

Dates: July 5-7, 2017   (Beginners camp)

July 26-28, 2017  (Advanced camp)

Contact:  Paul Holden
 
(435) 757-1647

Stokes Nature Center 

Cache Valley, UT

 

Vermont

Dates: June 24-28, 2018

Ages: 13-16

Contact: Kurt Budliger

Location: Jackson's Lodge,

Canaan, VT on Lake Wallace

http://www.jacksonslodgevt.net

www.vermonttroutcamp.com

 

Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland, & West Virginia

Dates: June 24 - 29, 2018

Ages: 13-17

Contacts: Paul Kearney

(540) 229-0563

George Gaines

(202) 904-3547

Location: Graves Mountain Lodge,

Syria, VA

www.tucamp.org

 

Washington

Dates: June 18-24, 2017

Contacts: Mike Clancy

(360) 753-1259

Jim Brosio

(360) 943-9947

Location: Gwinwood Conference Center,

Lacey, WA

www.nwycffa.com

 

Wisconsin

Dates: July 19-22, 2018

Ages: 12-16

Contacts: Linn Beck

Bob Haase

Location: Pine Lake Bible Camp,

Waupaca, WI

The camps include a comprehensive curriculum and draw upon the expertise and commitment of professional resource managers, scientists, fly tiers, fishing guides, and experienced TU volunteers. Many include hands-on experience with a habitat restoration project and the opportunity to fish a variety of local waters. During the camp, the young anglers learn much more than fishing skills- they gain an appreciation for the need to protect our coldwater fisheries and other natural resources.


For more information:

Franklin Tate
Director of the Headwaters Youth Program
394 Merrmon Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 545-0747
Contact Franklin Tate