A group of local kids between the ages of 10 and 15 participated in the SNC fish camp day on Thurs., July 20. The day was the last of four similar day camps to teach environmentally responsible fishing.    Courtesy photo

FINCH – The final day of the South Nation Conservation’s (SNC) popular annual youth fish camp wrapped up on Thurs., July 20, at High Falls Conservation Area.

Bobby Robinson, Connor Armstrong and Landin Racine partook in one of the SNC youth fish camp days. The 9th annual tradition has been in high demand each year. Courtesy photo

The camps are for youth between the ages of 10 to 15 and took place on July 5 and 6 at Cass Bridge Conservation Area and then on July 19 and 20 at High Falls. Members from the Ottawa Flyfishers Society were present to teach youth about the fundamentals of fly-fishing, and the techniques needed to use a fly-fishing rod. The camp teaches youth the rules of fishing, where to drop a line, selecting equipment, baiting – including fly-tying and casting.

In total for this year’s camps, 36 youth participated. “We hope to foster a lifelong appreciation of the local environment that can be passed down for generations. As environmentalists, we advocate for responsible and sustainable fishing and hunting,” said the SNC in the press release. A similar camp takes place in the fall to instruct youth in responsible and environmentally conscious hunting techniques.