njoy these simple instructions for tying Chris Lee’s Turbo Midge. Here, US Youth Fly Fishing Team member Doug Freeman demonstrates how to tie Lee’s pattern, which is extremely simple. It’s really just a bead, a body, two ribs, and a thorax. This pattern sinks fast and stays near the bottom making it a popular choice among seasoned nymphers.
In 1998, Alberto Rey and Mike Conley attended Sportfishing and Aquatic Resource Educational Programming (S.A.R.E.P.) through the Cornell Cooperative. The seminars provided training for teachers and future instructors who would provide educational conservation experiences to children. Shortly afterwards, S.A.R.E.P. Youth Fly Fishing Program was founded after a grant was received from Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency. The program has continued to grow over the years as enrollment has steadily increased and as the program has provided new services to the community. In 2016, S.A.R.E.P. /4H Youth Fly Fishing Program’s name was changed to Children in the Stream/4H Program.
The World Youth Fly Fishing Championship is about medals, trophies — and fish. More than 1,800 fish were caught (and released) by the nine teams over the course of the tournament. The largest fish, caught by Kacper Rudzki of Poland, measured in at 61 cm (about 24 inches).
Team USA youth fly fishing has invaded the small town of Bryson City, NC this past week. Jon Dietz and Jack Arnot are pictured above fly fishing on Deep Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Great overcast conditions for the week so far with steady rains have been the norm. This has had fish up in the water column which is typical for that condition.