Match the Hatch

Designed for the NYC and NYC Watersheds Trout in the Classroom program

Made possible with funds from the Catskill Watershed Corporation in partnership with New York City Department of Environmental Protection

Conceived and written by Stacey Wierl, TIC Teacher

Objective:
1. Participants will understand how flyfishing plays an important role in our effort to “protect, reconnect, restore and sustain” our coldwater fisheries.

2. Participants will experience the art of casting a fly rod and understand the importance of catch and release fishing.

3. Participants will learn to “Match the Hatch” and make connections between artificial flies and a trout’s natural feeding environment.

4. Participants will understand how teaching a child the art of fly fishing can instill a passion for the outdoors and the natural environment.

Background:
Flyfishing is a type of angling that uses the weight of the line to carry the hook to the fish.  Almost all flyfishing is "catch and release," which means that the angler releases the fish once it has been hooked.  Flyfishing plays an important role in our effort to “protect, reconnect, restore and sustain” our coldwater fisheries, as flyfishers are often well connected to their home waters and vocal in their protection. Teaching a child the art of fly fishing can instill a lifelong passion for the outdoors and protecting the natural environment.

Materials:
flyfishing rods, assorted flies, illustrations of aquatic macroinvertebrates

Procedure:

  1. Teach students the art of flycasting.  Some beginner fly fishing curricula are on TU's website or videos at Orvis Fly Fishing Videos.
  2. Have students examined flies and choose the macroinvertebrate (from a page of illustrations) that it most closely resembles.

Wrap-up:
Consider getting in touch with your local chapter of TU to find out whether their volunteers might be willing to work with your students on a full fishing field day.

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