Rivercourse Coldwater Conservation & Fly Fishing Youth Camp is sponsored by the N.C. State Council of Trout Unlimited and emphasizes Trout Unlimited’s
Mission, the conservation of coldwater fisheries, while at the same time teaching campers the basics of fly fishing, a sport for a lifetime. Established in 2002, Rivercourse provides a high quality
camping experience for boys and girls between the ages of 13 and 15 years old in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains near Canton, N.C. This pristine setting includes a section of the West
Fork of the Pigeon River, which is privately owned and stocked with trout for the use of the camp.
Campers receive instruction by a staff of dedicated volunteers, including members of Trout Unlimited, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, the Forest Service and the U.S. Park Service, in specialized areas such as herpetology (amphibians), geology, entomology (insects), botany, wetlands ecology, stream restoration techniques and environmental policy. In addition, fly fishing is covered in detail, with topics such as casting, fly tying, equipment, knot tying, stream etiquette, and how to find the fish.
The 2018 Rivercourse Youth Camp was held in June. Jackie Greene attended the program as a volunteer this year and sent in the following report and photos.
Another Rivercourse has come and gone but it was a huge success for the kids. Hickory TU sponsored 4 youth from our area, 2 boys and 2 girls. They all were Immensely happy with the program and learned a huge amount about conservation and fly fishing. If you would like to hear about it in more detail, they will be sharing their experience at a future TU meeting. So please check your newsletter for that upcoming event.