Youth Fly Fishing and Conservation Camp


The Illinois Council of Trout Unlimited will again be holding its annual Conservation and Fly Fishing Camp on the banks of the famous Au Sable River in Michigan from July 23 to July 28, 2017.

Campers learn more about conservation and fly fishing in a week at camp than most of us learn in a lifetime. It is an enjoyable and educational experience. Participants will learn about many aspects of conservation and preserving cold water fisheries.

The fly fishing instruction includes fly casting (roll cast, overhead fly cast, false casting, shooting line, even the 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 outdoors and fly fishing related skills. Most importantly, camp is fun!!!

The camp accepts young men and women ages 13 through 18. The camp is all inclusive and provides transportation to and from the camp, food and lodging. Instruction is provided by Trout Unlimited volunteers, 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.

Consider the Conservation and Fly Fishing Camp for your daughter, son, niece, nephew or grandkids. The camp cost includes round-trip transportation from Chicago, lodging, meals and equipment. The tuition fee is $575 (comprised of a $75 deposit at time of application [see link below] plus a $500 remaining balance due one month before camp). Candidates should not send full tuition until notified of selection. If for some reason the application is declined, the deposit will be refunded. For more information including an application, please see contact information below. Sponsorship is available for campers with financial need.

Willie Beshire, Camp Director
(630) 200-2532

Darwin Adams, Illinois Council President
(847) 828-1212


PDF icon2017 Camp Application.pdf

PDF icon2017 Youth Camp Flyer.pdf