Each year we teach all of the 9th and 10th grade Grayson County High School Students how to fly fish through the National Fishing in the Schools Program. Every year, after a week of enthusiasm, the students inevitably ask "How much does it cost to get into this?"
Let me tell you, fly fishing equipment can be expensive, even the most basic equipment costs much more than your typical spin casting rig. So I always answer that question with a sinking heart. But this year is different!!!
We are excited to announce that we will be giving away a fly rod, a reel rigged with line, and a fly tying kit thanks to generous donations by Rajeff Sports (Echo Fly Rods) and the Wapsi Fly Tying Company! We are asking the kids to write a short fishing tale as a contest to determine who gets to take home this package of nearly $200 in value!
In addition to the give away, we will be introducing the kids to the "Fish Need Water" campaign. This campaign teaches best practices to ensure post-catch survival, including minimizing fight time, barbless hooks, rubber nets and avoiding air exposure. Visit: FishNeedH2O.org to learn more about their entire program!
Many thanks to Rajeff Sports! Please check out their awesome offerings online at: http://rajeffsports.com/
Also thanks to Wapsi for sending their Fly Tying Starter Kit! http://www.wapsifly.net/
Both of these companies jumped on this opportunity to support our youth without hesitation! I remember my first fly rod and fly tying kit like it was yesterday. I have no doubt that this will change the life of one of these kids!