Conserving, protecting and restoring Northeastern Pennsylvania’s cold water fisheries
and their watersheds
Pike - Wayne Chapter #462
Trout Unlimited Camp is...by David Kelly
(The following are excerpts from David Kelly's speech to Pike-Wayne TU which sponsored
David to a week at Rivers Conservation and Fly-Fishing camp this year.)
This beautiful camp is a beneficial, valuable and once-in-a-lifetime experience for
anyone, whether you have fly-fished for years or if it your first time on the stream.
I have learned an extensive amount of information on conservation and the art of
fly-fishing while having a spectacular week simultaneously. Not only do you learn,
you also make lifelong friends, create memories and have a good time. I am grateful
I had the opportunity to attend a quality conservation camp thanks to the Pike-Wayne
Trout Unlimited Chapter.
I had the honor to attend the first organized Rivers Conservation and Fly-Fishing
and Conservation camp in the nation, located at Boiling Springs, PA…
…Fly tying was a great morning session where we first visually learned how to tie
a fly, and then we did our own flies with camp materials.
....Nothing would have been possible if it wasn't for the wonderful staff who worked
together to create a phenomenal week. I had no idea how to use a fly rod the first
day and a gentleman assisted me with casting and proper form. I quickly developed
my skills afterwards. There were two young staff members who were attending college
and they helped me out as well.
... My favorite person helping on the river was a man by the name of Mr. Bob Moyer.
Mr. Bob had taught me how to tie my line, how to locate the fish in he stream, improve
on my casting, and many more educational experiences. My favorites were the “Wooly
Bugger” and the “Terrestrial Ant”. I caught several fish with the ant I tied myself.
...As much knowledge as I came home with, I was glad to spread it to the cub scouts
as well. I taught fishing at Camp Acahela while covering conservation and taught
fly-fishing as well. The younger children loved the fishing program and I was pleased
to be able to fly-fish, teach and use my skill outside of the camp.
In conclusion, Rivers Conservation Fly-Fishing Youth Camp was one of the best weeks
in my entire life and will be an experience I will remember for a lifetime. I hold
the camp close to my heart because it had completely changed my outlook on fishing
and the outdoors. I end by thanking anyone who contributes to providing such a wonderful
week to the youth of America.