Participants age 12 to 15 will get the chance to make lures to use on trout and other species as part of the Fishing ProgramLCPF Press Release

The Second Annual Lyon County Pheasants Forever (LCPF) Youth Fishing Program, expanded in detail thanks to a recent DNR Grant, will run from April 3 through April 14, 2012.

The program will be open to the first 10 enrolling participants age 12 to 15, and is totally free of charge. This year’s program will teach participants to tie their own flies, make their own jigs, assemble in-line spinners and use those lures to fish for all species that swim. The course is free for all eligible participants and no fishing license or stamp is required for youth under 16; all equipment, materials, guidance and park passes are provided by LCPF. Enrollment is now open, and parents can sign their kids up by contacting LCPF President Nick Simonson at (507)829-9553 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The course will consist of four classes on lure making and two days of fishing. The lure making classes will take place on April 3, 5, 10 and 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Marshall Senior Center, and the fishing days will take place on April 7 at 9 a.m. at a private fishing pond near Marshall and on April 14, at 9 a.m. for the stream trout opener in Camden State Park. Parents are encouraged to attend the lure making classes with their kids and required to attend the fishing days with the participants.

Thanks to an Angler & Hunter Recruitment and Retention grant received by LCPF in the spring of 2011, young anglers will have a much more hands-on experience when it comes to this year’s program. The grant funded a majority of the purchases which will allow the LCPF stream trout fishing day to become an in-depth fly-tying, lure making and multi-species fishing event year-after year. From the ten fly vises participants will use to learn the basics and experiment with fly patterns and lures of their own design, to a set of new ultra-light spinning reels and fly rod combos, the grant has opened up a world of possibilities not previously available to participants.

In conjunction with local Boy Scouts of America troops, LCPF will be making this program a great jumping point for the members of that organization to earn their fly fishing badge, so those interested in doing so have a great opportunity to both learn and achieve this prized addition for their collection. The elements of the program will closely mirror the requirements necessary for Scouts to receive their fly fishing badge

Again, places in the program are limited to the first 10 participants enrolled on a first-come-first-served basis. For more information on the program and for enrollment, contact Simonson at (507)829-9553, or email him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . To learn more about LCPF events and activities, visit the chapter website at, or find LCPF on Facebook at

Last Updated ( Monday, 12 March 2012 11:42 )