Youth Fly Fishing Instruction Programs

TU believes that fly fishing is an ideal vehicle for encouraging youth to participate in coldwater stewardship. In order to be a successful fly fisher, the young angler must develop an in-depth understanding of the aquatic habitat. This leads to a feeling of "ownership" of the resource and a concern for its future. As part of TU's efforts to identify and train the next generation of coldwater stewards, youth fly fishing education has become an integral part of our overall youth education agenda.

Two handbooks are currently available for TU Chapters or anyone interested in teaching young people to fly fish.  

1. The AFFE (Alliance for Fly Fishing Education) Lesson Plans were designed to be user friendly to each instructor’s skill level. Seasoned fly fishers may wish to use these as a simple outline for an educational program. Novice fly anglers can choose to follow along closely with the text while being confident that the important points of a fly fishing education program are covered.  These lesson plans were partially drawn from the First Cast Curriculum.

2. First Cast is based on a proven fly fishing education curriculum written by Phil Genova. 

The First Cast program includes two integral components:

a) Educational package. This flexible curriculum divides the skills of fly fishing into units and lessons and includes step-by step recommendations for organizing classes, events, field trips and community projects. You can download the TU First Cast Manual and Curriculum for information on how to start a program. These documents work in conjunction with Phil Genova's book, First Cast: Teaching Kids to Fly Fish, which can be purchased at major bookstores across the nation.

b) Expertise. TU members can provide sponsorship and direct instructional support to schools and organizations in communities across the country. A full-time staff member of the TU national office is available to provide technical assistance to TU chapters and work with other affiliated organizations.


AFFE Lesson Plans (PDF)

TU First Cast Manual (PDF)

TU First Cast Curriculum (PDF)

Coldwater Conservation Education Guide (PDF)


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