As part of our community outreach, our Feather River Trout Unlimited Chapter is fortunate enough to have dedicated members who specialize in different activities; fly tying is one of those areas. Last week, members Bill Copren and Dave Wood directed two groups of 9th-12th grade students in fly tying. Fly tying is the first of a three part series we are doing with the students at Plumas Charter school. Next week, we have members doing a macroinvertebrate presentation with our "bug guys" (and gal). Two weeks after that we will finish off our 'mini series' with a fly casting afternoon.
Bill, Dave and other members of our chapter will be visiting several Trout in the Classroom participants in the second part of the school year before and during their trout eggs make their appearance for the 2017-18' school year. Age groups range from 4th graders to 12th graders all walk away with a fly and hopefully only a few pokes from the hook. Yes, even 4th graders can do this activity, and they all love it.
Fly tying can be intimidating for those who haven't done it before. There are hooks and bobbins, marabou feathers and chenille. But somehow, after an hour of instruction from Bill and Dave, everyone walked away with a little knowledge, appreciation and a fly ready for casting. Whether you catch any fish is up to you!