Trout Unlimited hosts teen fly-fishing camp in Canaan

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Vermont Trout Unlimited will host its eighth annual fly fishing camp for Vermont teens ages 13 to 16.   Teens interested in either learning the art of fly-fishing or improving their basic skill level alongside some of Vermont’s most accomplished fly anglers, are invited to apply. The 2018 camp is scheduled for Sunday, June 24 through Thursday, June 28, at Jackson’s Lodge in Canaan.

Louis Porter, commissioner of the Department of Fish and Wildlife said, “TU’s Fly Fishing Camp for Teens is an incredible program dedicated to educating our next generation of fly fishermen and women to help ensure that our precious cold water fisheries here in Vermont will be taken care of well into the future.”

Participants in the five-day, four-night comprehensive program will learn and practice casting, basic fly tying, knot craft, insect identification, and imitation (entomology), fish identification and behavior (ichthyology), safe wading techniques, angling ethics, and cold water conservation. Campers will hone their skills on local lakes, ponds, and streams, including the Connecticut River.

Jackson’s Lodge, ( is located on Wallace Pond and is a short five-minute drive from the Connecticut River.

Prospective campers are encouraged to apply no later than April 15 to secure a spot for this year’s program. The cost for the camp is $450. Scholarships may be available on an “as-needed” basis.

For more information about the camp, an application form, and many videos of the camp, go to, or e-mail Kurt Budliger, camp director, at [email protected] — from Vermont Fish and Wildlife.

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