Learning on the Fly

Educational video and peer-driven lesson plan encourage youngsters and their mentors to coalesce around the art and science of flyfishing.  

Forestville, WI (February 2, 2024) – At first blush, flyfishing might seem too complicated for a kid. Cane pole, to spincast, to spinning, to baitcasting…and then perhaps fly casting? Reasonable progression? Not necessarily. The truth is the absorptive minds of our youth are better suited for learning than our stubborn old grey matter.

With a patient steward and experienced fly angler, teaching a youngster to flyfish is well inside the realm of possibility.

Why the fly? As you’ll see in this educational video, the physical and mechanical challenges of learning to flyfish render great rewards. Articulating the cast. Navigating line and fly through tight and hazardous quarters. Sounds a bit like the sophisticated first-person games they learn to master with relative ease.

And that’s only the beginning. There are virtues like family values, trust, and artistry that are also woven into the fabric of flyfishing.

The video is part of a peer-driven lesson where students will learn how to research and evaluate where to find flyfishing opportunities on nearby National Forests. They will also develop a “Challenges versus Benefits” presentation for classroom debate on the challenges and potential rewards of using the technique of “flyfishing”.

Educational partners include the Future Angler Foundation, Trout Unlimited, and the US Forest Service and Department of Agriculture.


ABOUT Future Angler Foundation

The Future Angler Foundation (FAF) is an incorporated 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation formed in April of 2012. The FAF’s mission is to “Create New Anglers and Boaters” through its support of angler education and boating safety programs hosted by passionate, knowledgeable volunteers throughout the U.S. and through its “Getting Families Fishing” initiative, a series of free source digital educational programs developed to engage young anglers and boaters as they educate them about angling in an exciting, informative, and effective manner. More information about the FAF can be found online at


Pat Neu

FAF President

(920) 365-6051

Noel Vick

Traditions Media

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