Trout Camp

Today’s Georgia Trout Campers are the next generation of conservation leaders.

Boys and Girls, 12 to 15 years old

Learn and Practice the Sport of Fly Fishing

Study Sound Conservation Practices

Enjoy a Fun and Rewarding Experience!

Camp Dates: June 4-9, 2017

Cost: $500 per camper

 

What will campers be doing? Here is the Daily Schedule 2016 and a location map for the 2015 Trout Camp stream restoration project.

What to bring to Trout Camp?

Trout Camp Mentors Application/Background Check process: 

Camp Mentor Application/Background check (Will be updated shortly)

Young Mentors (Trout Camp graduates ages 15-18): Young Mentor Application

Mail applications to:

Kathy Breithaupt, GA Trout Camp Coordinator
194 Kitchins Lane
Clayton, GA 30525

Deadline for applying: Set by each Chapter – Check with your local TU Chapter for details.

The application and payment must be in the Camp Director’s office by April 15, 2017.

 

Each camper leaves with his or her own set of fishing equipment!

Closing ceremony in which campers receive a certificate of completion

Fly casting competition with awards presented at closing ceremony

What to expect at Trout Camp

Learning hands-on skills and trout fishing fundamentals

Knot tying
Attaching lines for specific needs

Stream tactics
Presenting the fly

Tackle
Handling and maintenance

Fly Casting
The basics and practice

Entomology
Bugs! Study insect life cycle, physiology, behavior environment, and classification

Fly tying
Create the flies that catch the fish

Fishing on the stream
Applying newly learned skills
At least two hours daily devoted to fishing
One mentor per two campers

Stream etiquette
How we consider others and the environment

Natural Resources and Conservation

A visit to Burton Trout Hatchery and nearby creeks

The trout’s life cycle

Aquatic invertebrates (more bugs!)

Protection of trout habitat

Stream Dynamics/Fish stocking

Work project to restore habitat structures

Particulars

Fees: $500 per camper
Includes a TFO, 9Ft., 5WT, Rod and Reel Outfit, Fly-Vest packed full of flies and other gear, Costa Del Mar Sunglasses, and much, much more!

Trout Camp brochure available here(pdf)

Room and board in the facilities of Rabun Gap Nacoochee School

Application form available here (pdf)

List of what to bring available here

Detailed Trout Camp schedule available here (MS word doc)

Who staffs Trout Camp?

Many TU members willingly volunteer their time and talent to pass on their knowledge and love of fly-fishing to another generation. Our camp is truly a statewide effort as mentors from 10 of the 14 chapters in Georgia show up to help out. Some mentors even take vacation from their jobs and stay all week; you can’t ask for more than that!!

Georgia DNR and USFS personnel provide great support, including leading sessions on stream entomology at Smithgall Woods, visiting Burton Hatchery, stocking the Tallulah River, building structures on Ramey Creek and electro-shocking brook trout all added to the experience for the campers. Even in these tough economic times, these agencies still find a way to give us all the help we need. We couldn’t do it without them. We have also welcomed guest speakers from the national office of Trout Unlimited as well as Jimmy Harris, local expert guide and owner of Unicoi Outfitters.

For further questions, please contact

Kathy Breithaupt – Trout Camp Coordinator
knc615(at)windstream.net
194 Kitchins Lane
Clayton, Georgia 30525
706-782-6954

Trout Camp Supporters

Georgia Trout Camp is grateful for the generous support of our partners and sponsors.

Would you like to be a Trout Camp mentor?

Want to mentor at the 2010 camp? We need your background check permission form.  Please read the TU National Sex Abuse Policy then download the mentor forms below. Sign both and fax to Charlie Breithaupt.

TU National Sexual Abuse Policy

Mentor Background Check form 2010

Trout Camp Young Mentor Application and Guidelines

Also, you must be a member of TU to serve as a mentor. It’s easy to join.

Chapter Contributes to Chattooga DH Section Access Improvements

Parking and access to the trails going up both sides of the River got a little better this summer thanks to the USFS folks and four of the local TU chapters in Ga and SC. More details here.

 

Fellowship and Fly Fishing with Mike Fuller

First fall trip is October 11, 2017.  For more information contact Mike Fuller at david2053@windstream.net or 706-201-0138.

Make your plans now for the fall chapter campout!

Nov 1-5:Rabun Chapter TU Fall Campout At Oconee State Park, near Walhalla, SC. Reserve your own site, but all the cooking, storytelling, campfire sitting, etc will be at Site #93.  More details here.

 

No easy fix for felt!

Felt is a superior wading sole, but it’s also a transmitter of aquatic invasives. Sadly, there’s no easy fix. It’s on anglers to clean their gear thoroughly. A very important read from TU National.