Montana Trout Unlimited once again hosted 20 campers, aged 11-14, at Camp Watanopa on Georgetown Lake.  Early concerns regarding high stream flows where quickly set aside as the fishing was excellent both on surrounding streams and on the lake.

Students successfully learned the basics of fly tying and fly fishing thanks to the expertise of our volunteers.  We had the additional opportunity to meet with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service field staff to complete hands on stream restoration in critical bull trout habitat.  Campers where able to learn about the characteristics of healthy streams and rivers and their importance to wild and native trout by getting into

(a very cold) tributary to build pools and remove obstructions to improve habitat that provides both coldwater refuge and spawning habitat for bull trout. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks generously sent an education program intern to stay at camp for a few days.

It is our goal to continue a program that provides a foundation for coldwater conservation through fly fishing. Youth leave our camp understanding that excellent fishing doesn’t happen without a dedication to protecting the resource.  Email jessica@montanatu.org for more information on supporting or participating in camp.