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National Fly Fishing in Schools Program

September 17th, 2009 · 2 Comments

The National Fly Fishing in Schools Program (NFFSP) is a nationwide program that teaches our youth how to flyfish. It is taught by PE teachers in grades (6 – 12) as an "in school" curriculum. There is also a college / university program.

The program uses big round targets with some 18 species of trout and 10 warm water fish on it as a target. They use a velcro fly which is made with a small 1/8th inch diameter split ring, a 1/8 inch wide piece of velcro through the ring and then tied around the velcro just below the ring to hold it on the split ring. The students after mastering basic fly casting, cast at the target from about 25 feet. When the velcro fly hits the target correctly, it will stick. The program uses less fly rods than students so the ones waiting to cast can learn to identify the fish they might be catching for real. (Editor Note: I tried this method and it was a lot of fun while requiring casting accuracy.)

The main difference between this fly fishing program and many others is it is approved by the State Schools Admistrator before being taught in the schools. It uses an established cirriculum for teaching. And it allows the students to fish during school hours. A chance to be outdoors and away from the classroom and still earn credit for it. Whadda Deal !!

The FlyFishing Education Foundation is the parent organization for the NFFSP. The FFEF is a non-profit corporation and any donations are tax deductible. The mission of the FFEF is to encourage support from anyone in helping our young students learn about the lifetime rewards of fly fishing while instilling in them a respect and understanding for our natural resouces.

I talked with Dana Cole, Director, how he helped start a program like this while living in Lincoln, NE. Dana answered with a straight face, "Well as you know Nebraska is the fly fishing mecca of the country." Then LOL. Continuing on,he said "But if you fly fish in Nebraska, you are likely to be very good." Basically some of Nebraska’s fly fishers wanted to do something to help the local youth. And it has grown from there until the program is in 5 schools in the Omaha, NE area.

The NNFSP is not associated with Federation of Fly Fishers, Trout Unlimited or AFFTA. But it would be nice if these organizations would talk to The FlyFishing Education Foundation about this program since it uses an established cirrculum for teaching and can be taught during school hours.

To contact the program

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  • 1 Landing Page Arizona // Sep 22, 2009 at 11:11 am

    I am completely amazed at your website, and am particularly interested in these concepts regarding fly fishing as part of school curriculum. I am a father of young fishermen, and was taught to fly fish by my grandfather when I was very young. It has changed my life.

    In your profile you state, “The grace of the fly fisherman as he cast the dry fly into the waters below a small water fall was a picture of beauty.” I have not only seen, but have felt the peace of fly fishing, and eagerly suggest to others that they discover this sport (I’ll be sure to refer them to this blog).

    Ironically, even my professional life reflects the instincts of a fly fisherman. I am a digital marketer. I often tell people that they need to learn to fish, rather than to hunt for leads and clients. Someone being hunted feels the instinct to run for their lives, whereas someone being “fished” is curious and encouraged to take what is being offered. My leads come to me. I’m strategic about it, but in the end I’m not doing the chasing. I’m “gracefully” doing the fishing.

    Who but a fly fisherman could comprehend this? I love this. I can assure you that my friends, family, and my many business associates who need to learn how to “fly fish,” be it in business or in the stream, will be referred to your site.

  • 2 Marshall // Sep 26, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Thank you for the kind comment. Your site looks interesting too. Will have to come back and take another look next week.

    Thanks again for visiting and taking time to look around. Your comment is appreciated.