Over at Take Kids Fly Fishing, there’s a coloring CONTEST going on right now for kids up to age 16. Entries may be submitted through the month of June with winners selected in July. The list of gear is impressive, from waders to rod and reel outfits, dvds and books, fly boxes and clothing, etc. The contest sponsors include:
Albright Fly Fishing, Echo/Rajeff Sports, Fishpond, JEM Cremp’s, Fanny Krieger, Leland Fly Fishing Outfitters, Montana Fly Company, Olive the Woolly Bugger, Orvis, Patagonia, Redington, Tyler Befus and Trout Unlimited.
Check out the Take Kids Fly Fishing contest, and look around the website while you’re there for listings of kids fly rods and reels, kids waders and boots, kids vests, hats, clothing and accessories, dvds and books, kids fly fishing camps and kid friendly fly fishing guides.
Everything you need to help enhance your kid’s fly fishing experience, all in one place!
Anyone who has been fly fishing for a length of time understands that fishing and convservation go hand-in-hand. In fact, if one cares about the very fish that are ultimately the goal of going fishing, then that same person knows that preserving the resource is paramount to the future of angling. In other words, if we want to have something to cast a fly to, we must all be conservation-minded in our pursuit of those fish.
Redington and Trout Unlimited have teamed up on Facebook to get new anglers more aware of conservation efforts through a Facebook application:
Enter to win Redington gear!Trout Unlimited and Redington are teaming up to test your fly-fishing knowledge. 10 Lucky Winners per day and one Grand Prize winner!Click here for complete terms and conditions.
This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to Redington and not to Facebook. The information you provide will only be used for this promotion.
If you’re inclined toward the Facebook thing, give this contest a look. You may learn a few new things and win some great Redington gear.
The Outdoor Alliance for Kids (OAK) is a national strategic partnership of organizations from diverse sectors with the common interest in expanding the number and quality of opportunities for children, youth and families to connect with the outdoors. There is great national attention on the matter of getting kids outside, moving, recreating and enjoying the natural resources that our great country has to offer, and as I have stated many times before, fly fishing is a great activity that fits nicely into this mission. Fishing is the #1 gateway activity according to the Outdoor Foundation, which means that fishing is tops in leading kids to explore other outdoor endeavors.
With this knowledge in hand, it makes good sense that the fly fishing industry should be represented in the membership ranks of OAK. The company/organization that signs on as a Partner Member will be representing not only themselves, but the entire fly fishing industry, which is good for everyone concerned. Fly fishing needs to attract more newcomers to the sport, and kids make up a very important demographic.
Take a look at the Partner’s Resolution page on the OAK website. Read up on what membership stands for. Look at the Steering Committee Members. There is room for the fly fishing industry to be represented here. Read through the list of the Member Organizations. You’ll see Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever and other wildlife organizations. Trout Unlimited should be listed as well. How about the Federation of Fly Fishers? The Discover Fly Fishing arm of the AFFTA should also consider participation. Any fly fishing manufacturers that target kids with specific gear would also benefit. Redington comes to mind.
I hope that these and other organizations/businesses will take a good look at the Outdoor Association for Kids and consider getting involved. It’s good for kids, the outdoors, and fly fishing. Sounds like a win-win-win to me. Heck, the OAK logo even features a kid fishing…perhaps with a presence we can turn that fishin’ pole into a fly rod.