Drop a line at SNC’s 8th Annual Youth Fish Camp

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Cass Bridge Conservation Area in Winchester will be the site of South Nation Conservation’s (SNC) 8th annual free Youth Fish Camp, from July 6-7.

“Cass Bridge along the South Nation River has the look and feel of a classic summer fishing hole,” said SNC Communications Assistant Holly Nyenkamp.

But participants aged 10-15 will have to be on their toes too. Using provided gear, they’ll learn the rules, where to drop a line, selecting equipment, baiting – including fly tying, and casting.

Members from the Ottawa Flyfishers Society will also be present to teach youth about the fundamentals of fly-fishing, and the techniques needed to use a fly-fishing rod.

Registration for the catch-and-release fish camp will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Lunch will be provided on both days; youth taking part must bring their own life-jacket. The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The fishing camp is held in conjunction with Ontario Family Fishing Week July 2-10 when the sport can be enjoyed on a catch-and-release basis without a license.

“There are no prerequisites or registration fees required to participate in the camp,” Nyenkamp said. “But youth need to show their respect and enthusiasm for nature.”

One of SNC’s primary responsibilities is to provide youth with hands-on tools allowing them to fish responsibly. The process is repeated in the fall with young hunters.

“We hope to foster a lifelong appreciation of the local environment that can be passed down for generations. As environmentalists, we advocate for responsible and sustainable fishing and hunting.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Holly Nyenkamp, 1-877-984-2948, ext. 231.