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and make a friend for life

    With the official start of fishing seasons in both western Montana and the Idaho Panhandle, the greatest opportunities for fun and education now face adults everywhere – teaching kids to fish and teaching them about fish and their habitat.
    Two of the most popular activities in the region will take place on successive Saturdays beginning with the annual Kids’ Fishing Derby at Triangle Pond west of Noxon on June 1st followed by a flyfishing workshop at Sandpoint’s City Beach on June 8th.
    More than 200 children of all ages, along with their parents and other family members, have lined the banks of Noxon’s most popular fishing hole for years to take part in more than just a day of fishing. There will be contests and prizes and a free lunch once the fishing is done, all organized by Ron Haviland and representatives from the Forest Service, Avista, the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the Clark Fork BASS Anglers Club.
    Registration for the Kids’ Fishing Day begins at 8:00 a.m. Montana time and lines can be cast into the water starting at 9:00. During the next three hours, there will be a fish ID contest, casting contest and the children are encouraged to turn in pictures, posters and essays. Children up to age 6 will be provided a picture to color; ages 7 and 8 will be encouraged to design and color a picture; ages 9 to 12 can either create a poster of write an essay (on the topic, “My First Fish”); and ages 13 to 16 will be urged to write an essay on the same topic. Winners will be chosen from each group.
    To learn more about this year’s derby, call the Cabinet Ranger Station at 406-827-3533 (or 847-2462) or Avista Natural Resources Field Office at Noxon Rapids Dam at 406-847-2729.
    Meanwhile, in the Sandpoint area, the Panhandle Chapter of Trout Unlimited understands the importance of teaching young people about fishing and conservation, seeing that as an investment in the future.  Chapter president Troy Tvrdy writes, “If someone gets hooked on fly fishing and in turn becomes a  person who cares for the environment, we have accomplished two important goals of TU: bringing a new experience to a kid and possibly bringing a new conservationist to the world.  In order to do this we have teamed up with Sandpoint Parks and Recreation to provide a Fly Fishing Conservation Workshop for kids. With the help of Wal- Mart we purchased 15 beginner fly rod and reel combos to be used in hands-on instruction of fly fishing.”
    The workshop is scheduled for Saturday, June 8 beginning at 9:00 a.m. at Sandpoint's City Beach. Volunteers will devote a day to teaching kids from around the area about flyfishing and conservation of cold-water fisheries.  The day is split into two parts and the kids divided into two groups. While one group is learning the fine art of casting a rod, tying knots, getting leaders untangled, and hooking each other (just kidding), the other group will participate in experiential activities, learning how important habitat conservation is for trout and salmon.
    At midday, participants will have a bite to eat, and then the groups will swap activities. Everything except lunches will be provided, so plan to bring a sack lunch.
    If you know of any young people who might be interested in participating in the workshop or you yourself would like to help you may contact Troy Tvrdy at (208) 265-2640.
    So grab a kid you know who you think might like to learn how to fish, and introduce them to some of the greatest summer fun around. In the process, you just might make a friend for life.

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Dennis Nicholls Dennis Nicholls was the founder, publisher, janitor and paperboy of the River Journal from 1993 to 2001. He passed away in 2009.

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