Alright, you’ve just spent a pile of time and your parent’s money getting ready for this 5 day fly fishing camp experience and the last thing you want to do is blow your shot at catching fish because of a clumsy approach on the water.
Here are some tips that will help you connect with that slimy little devil and not send him packing instead…
Observe your surroundings – When you arrive at the fishing spot, take a moment and look around to see what’s involved. Are there trees or other obstacles that will make casting difficult? What type of presentation seems best?…dry fly, nymph, streamer? What bugs are around? Are fish rising? Is the water at a normal level? Think about exactly where you are going to position yourself to allow for the best possible approach.
Study up on trout habits – Knowing a little bit about how trout behave in their environment will go a long way towards a successful day on the water. For instance, trout ALWAYS face into the current unless swimming downstream. Given that, you are tremendously hurting your hookup odds by approaching the fish from upstream. Get below the target and present the fly upstream of it. The exception to this might be when swinging wet flies or streamers down and across or skating a caddis dry.
Tread lightly – Fishing is really another form of hunting. Hunters don’t go out into the woods and shout for deer to come to them. They stalk quietly to avoid detection. Walk, don’t run on the stream and keep the splashing down to a minimum.
Stay low – Crouch down to stay as low to the surface of the water as you can. It is easier for trout to see you when you are standing up tall.
Dress in drab colors – Dress to blend in to the environment. You don;t see a whole lot of neon yellow in nature.
Here’s some footage from 2016 that our great friend, Peyton captured on the GoPro…
“Green Mountain Fly Fishing Camp, July 2016. Fishing dry flies for Rainbows on the Waits River, VT… featuring friends of mine.” – Peyton
Let’s face it. Your week with Green Mountain Fly Fishing Camps could very well be the best week of of the year, and you want to make the most of it with plenty of fun and fish!
Here’s a few things that will help make that happen…
Casting, Casting, Casting! – A large part of your success is directly related to how well you can cast a fly. You don’t always have to make long casts, but accuracy and consistency are tremendously helpful. Practice makes perfect, so don’t skimp on that prior to camp!
Know some Knots – If you are comfortable with just a couple simple knots, you will spend far more time fishing, and far less time fumbling with knots. An improved clinch knot and double surgeon are 2 knots that will change your life if you can tie them quickly and properly, so grab some fishing line and get crackin’!
Dress for Success – There’s a saying in Vermont that goes, “If you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes.” With that said, bring rain gear, plenty of dry socks and check the forecast before you head up to camp!
Know your Approach – How you approach the trout stream will make or break your fishing success. Check out our blog post, “Trout Stream Approach” to pick up a couple pointers on this topic.
Ask & Listen – Our staff of counselors have years of combined fishing knowledge that they love to share with our campers! Don’t be shy at camp. Ask questions and you’ll be amazed at how much you learn!
Since 2012, Green Mountain Fly Fishing Camps has provided unique and unforgettable fly fishing experiences to kids between the ages of 11-15.
At Green Mountain Fly Fishing Camps, our goal is to inspire our campers to engage in activities that promote a deeper understanding and connection with the outdoors, our aquatic resources and ultimately, themselves!
Green Mountain Fly Fishing Camps employ a professional staff of guides and instructors with a dedication to introducing our campers to the wonderful world of fly fishing in a way that is safe, fun and sure to leave a lifelong impression!
Thanks for fishing with us!
Chris, Mike & Steve
Our camp at Seyon Lodge is New England’s finest destination fly fishing camp providing kids between 11 and 15 years of age an incredibly unique, 5 day/4 night experience in one of Vermont’s most pristine settings.
Throughout their stay, our campers at Seyon eat, breath and sleep fishing which, for most, is a dream come true!
Fly fishing experience is not required to attend and we have an excellent staff of guides and instructors that all are committed to passing on their knowledge to the next generation in a way that is safe, fun and sure to leave a life-long impression.
Since our first session at Seyon in 2012, we’ve hosted kids from all over the United States and beyond. This camp has a very high rate of return campers and we are typically fully booked by late winter, so contact us asap if you have a child that would like to attend!
Our Graduate Retreats are the next-level experience for campers that have demonstrated they have what it takes to catch fish in a various scenarios without the assistance of a guide.
In order to attend a GMFFC Graduate Retreat, your child must be completely self-proficient on the water. Our staff of counselors will be available to provide adult supervision ONLY, and not to assist or instruct during fishing outings. It is your child’s responsibility to arrive equipped with all necessary gear and tackle for the duration of the retreat.
Kids of at least 13 years of age that have completed (2) sessions of our camp at Seyon Lodge are automatically invited to attend a retreat.
Upcoming retreats in 2018…
If you have specific questions about your child attending a retreat, drop us a line HERE.