Online applications open for Conservation & Fly Fishing Youth Camp

Montana Trout Unlimited is accepting applications for their 2019 Conservation & Fly Fishing Youth Camp.  This years camp will be held July 14-18, 2019.  Applications will be accepted through May 1, 2019 and applicants will be notified of acceptance to the camp by May 15, 2019.  The camp is very popular and space is limited.  We cannot accept incomplete applications and youth must be between ages 11-14 during the camp.  Apply online here.  The application requires parents or guardians to complete the following release forms and upload them with the online application:

The fee is $400 to attend, which includes all meals, lodging & equipment use.  Scholarships are offered by local chapters.  Please inquire with your local chapter for an application if you are interested in receiving a scholarship. Georgetown Lake is located near Upper Rock Creek, Flint Creek, and between the towns of Philipsburg and Anaconda, Montana.

If you have questions about Montana TU’s 2019 camp, contact Montana TU at 406-543-0054 or [email protected]

2018 Conservation & Fly Fishing Camp

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 [email protected] for more information on supporting or participating in camp.