Families can get hooked on fishing
The Association of Northwest Steelheaders is hosting its third annual family friendly learn-to-fish weekend in Corbett in March.
This year's Family Fish Camp, at Camp Angelos along the Sandy River, will take place March 9-11.
Families can learn fishing and outdoor skills together while staying overnight in a summer-camp setting along the rushing Sandy River.
Kids and adults can fish in a pond, make new friends and participate in sessions led by expert anglers. The event is geared toward any family wanting to learn more about fishing in the Pacific Northwest.
The Steelheaders, a local nonprofit group dedicated to fishing advocacy and education, said in the announcement they hope the weekend will give families the confidence and skills to embark on future fishing adventures. No experience or equipment is necessary to attend Family Fish Camp.
Space is limited, so early registration is advised at https://nwsteelheaders.salsalabs.org/familyfishcamp2018. Tickets cost $99 for a child and $139 for an adult. The price includes five meals, two nights lodging and access to all sessions and activities. Some scholarships are available, apply here: https://goo.gl/forms/7zNHHVqw7ycBvf5n2.
Last year 130 people attended, including 24 families assisted by the scholarship program.
Participants arrive Friday evening to meet other budding anglers, enjoy dinner and a movie and settle into rustic cabins.
Saturday sessions will include knot tying, fish anatomy and identification, introduction to gear and casting practice. Children will also enjoy the salmon-lifecycle obstacle course, fish print art station and raffle prizes.
The festivities will wrap up by noon on Sunday after experienced anglers from the Steelheaders help families plan their next fishing trip.
The Association of Northwest Steelheaders has a history of teaching the next generation of salmon stewards. In addition to angler education, the Steelheaders work with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife on the Fish Eggs to Fry program, which allows students to raise and observe salmon.
For more information about Family Fish Camp 2018 visit: http://nwsteelheaders.org/events/family-fish-camp/.
This event is also supported by the Jubitz Family Foundation, Camps for Kids, the National Wildlife Federation, KastKing and the Tom McCall chapter of the Northwest Steelheaders.