Thursday, October 18, 2012

10.18.12 Nice to see American Angler write about the Bill Canfield Youth Fly Fishing Camp

     I got a couple of emails, calls, and posts that I should check out the November/December issue of American Angler mgazine. In the Headwaters section is an article about kids and fly fishing and a nice mention about this years first Bill Canfield Youth Fly Fishing Camp held in August at Camp Weequahic in Pennsylvania. I remember when fellow Orvis guide Joe Demalderis called me up and asked if I was interested in participating, and after a second I was in. I think we were all, kids and staff included, a little nervous before the first time ever camp started. It was a great five days and when we all got comfortable and meshed it was better than we could have imagined. In the end we were all happy and grateful for the opportunity to be a part of it. It was a success and will be repeated next year and for years to come. It's through the hard work of camp staffs, eagerness and willingness of the kids, support of the fly fishing community and product manufacturers, and coverage and mention of fly fishing magazines and websites like American Angler that keep programs like this going. In our case, none of this would have been possible without the insight of the late Bill Canfield and the support of the program by his brother, parents, and the entire Canfield family.