Youth Fly Fishing and Conservation Camp

The Illinois Council of Trout Unlimited will sponsor our Conservation & Fly Fishing Camp July 27th through August 2nd on the banks of the Au Sable River. In one week, campers learn more about conservation and fly fishing than most of us learn in a lifetime.  It is an enjoyable and educational experience.  The fly fishing instruction includes fly casting (roll cast, overhead fly cast, false casting, shooting line, double haul), fly tying, knots, basic entomology and what fish eat, reading the water, safe wading techniques, catch and release, leave-no-trace, and other outdoor and fly fishing skills. 

The camp accepts young and and women ages 13 through 18.  The camp is all-inclusive, providing transportation to and from the camp, food, and lodging.  Instruction is provided by Trout Unlimited volunteers and by faculty from midwestern universities and local professionals.  All necessary gear is provided by the Illinois Council of Trout Unlimited for the campers to use while attending the camp.  Campers will be given a fly rod and reel outfit to take with them at the conclusion of the camp.

The cost of the camp is $700.  Sponsorship is available for campers with financial need.  Applications and additional information can be obtained by contacting Greg Prosen at, Barry Coddens at or Marvin Strauch at


Click this link for the camp application form   2014 ILCTU YC&FF Application.doc