On Tuesday December 10th, Idaho BHA Chapter sponsored a meeting of the local Boise youth fly fishing club, the Woolly Buggers. Idaho BHA was represented by Ted Koch (Idaho BHA Region 1 Rep) and Jeff Barney (Idaho BHA board member). The meeting was held in the Idaho Fish & Game trophy room at the main headquarters building. Ted and Jeff lead an an interactive discussion on Idaho salmon and steelhead with a group of young anglers.
After a brief introduction, Ted discussed the life history of Idaho's salmon. The kids (ages 5- 14) were asked to various questions about salmon and steelhead and rewarded with candy for correct answers or intelligent questions. Impressively, students were familiar with some of the unique characteristics and understood the reason Idaho's fish migrate over 900 miles, navigating eight dams both ways to complete their life cycle. Numerous questions from Woolly Bugger students followed as Ted proceeded through his talk.
Idaho BHA donated several hats, kid's tee shirts, a fly box and stickers as prizes. The latest Backcountry Journal issue, with several fish-related stories included, was likewise offered up to the students and their parents. After Ted's informative presentation utilizing several props, Jeff assisted in the fly tying aspect of the program. The Woolly Bugger's program leader, Blake Schnebley, gave a quick demonstration as to the finer points of properly tying a Pop Sickle salmon fly.
Idaho BHA was proud to support this great program and we sincerely appreciate the support of the kids and their parents.