Learn to Fish – a British Columbia program to teach Fishing
What does someone who knows absolutely nothing about fishing, living in BC do to rectify that? Well, you can read up on the subject on the internet, visit your local fishing supply store and they will be happy to give you a 101 on Fishing. But how do you involve the 5-15 yr olds? That is very simple; you enroll them in a Learn to Fish Program offered by Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC (GoFish). The Fishing Programs offered are Learn to Fish, Family Fishing Waters and a Free Rod Loan Program.
We attended a “Learn to fish Program” held at Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam They had an attendance of approximately 30 children – all of whom were eager to learn and I was very surprised at the knowledge the little ones had with the ability to identify the different species of fish, especially from the 7-9 year olds. After a brief knowledge session, it was time to outfit the children with rods so they could practice casting on the grass field – some were natural born casters while others struggled with the concept of thrusting the rod forward (while hanging on to it) and releasing of a button in order for the line (adorned with a nice little float) to make a graceful dismount into the grass.
Upon the completion of all the children taking their turn at the sport of grass fishing, they were led to the edge of Lafarge Lake which was stocked the week before with 1,000 Fraser Valley 3N rainbow trout, the total fish that are stocked annually at Lafarge Lake to approximately 10,000.
At lakeside is where they were reminded of their final reminder, “Please keep an eye out when casting, you don’t want to hook anyone that is behind you”. Well as you can imagine that was short lived as a Grandpa was soon sporting a shiny little hook in his jacket. After a few casts the wee ones were getting the hang of it – so much so, that as soon as the hook made a splash in the lake, it was being reeled in to cast it again. By 11 am, there were a lot of parents and grandparents doing the casting, because as you know – the attention span quickly diminishes if
a fish was not biting, matter of fact the only fish that was caught that session was by an avid angler in his donut styled blow-up devise about 20 meters away, nestled in a spot on the lake far away from the sploshing and splashing that the 30 children were doing.
Freshwater Fisheries offers Programs like this one throughout the summer months, and other programs throughout the year. Check their events calendar and see if a lake or campground near you has this incredibly fun sporting event to get your kids off the couch and out the door and into the world of FISHING.
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