Fly Fishing For Kids

The Bay Area Youth fly Fishers (BAYFF)  is a volunteer led collaboration of fly fishing clubs and conservation organizations throughout the Bay Area to teach kids the skills and focus of fly fishing and to introduce them to the science of fish and watershed conservation in a fun and active way. The BAYFF program leverages the successful “Trout in the Classroom” program run by the California Department of Wildlife along with many of BAYFF groups’ volunteers with the intent of the program being to move kids to the next level – beyond the classroom setting into the outdoors.

teaching kids to fly fish

The first BAYFF event will be in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco and will open to the public for registration on April 30. Teaching is done by experienced program volunteers – many of whom are experts in their field. This is not a fishing derby. Instruction for the initial event will be at the (fishless) Golden Gate Park casting ponds. The focus will be on building youth participants’ competence and knowledge. The mission of the BAYFF is to enable youth to grow in character and confidence by learning outdoor skills and respect for nature.

  • Where? Golden Gate Angling & Casting Club (1232 John F. Kennedy Dr)
  • What? 4 separate FUN learning sessions
    • Casting
    • Knot tying
    • Fly tying
    • Conservation & Entomology
  • When? Saturday, May 19th, 2018, 9:15am to 3:00pm
  • Who? Ages 8-12, grades 4-7

The event has a small fee for youth participants to cover the BBQ lunch and snacks provided and parents are free. All necessary fly fishing equipment is loaned free for the event as well. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian throughout the event.

More information on the program and how to register for this event can be found on the BAYFF website

About Ethan Rotman

Ethan Rotman (Bayareatic) manages and coordinates programs that hatch fish in classrooms for the San Francisco Bay Area. He also chairs the committee that manages these programs throughout the state. Ethan has worked with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for over 20 years.
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