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.



Jackie Greene presents Paxton Holden at our September 2017 meeting.  Paxton represented the Hickory Chapter at Rivercourse during the summer.  Paxton gave a brief talk about his experience and stated that his only regret was "that you only get to attend once."  Congratulations Holden!

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