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Leaders sought for 4-H sportfishing program

A youth development specialist for the Wyoming 4-H Program is fishing for volunteers, hoping those interested in angling will take the bait.

All cliches aside, Warren Crawford is hoping there are enthusiasts in Wyoming who like fishing so much they’re willing to teach youths. He’s trying to build 4-H sportfishing, a relatively new program.

“There’s been a lot of interest on the youth side,” said Crawford, in the Wyoming State 4-H Office in the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture. “But there is still a lot of misunderstanding of what the sportfishing project entails. There is a whole lot to it.”

There are four components to the program: angling skills, tackle crafting, aquatic ecology and fisheries management. “Angling teaches them to cast and to learn about the components of spin, bait and fly casting,” said Crawford. “The 4-Hers make their flies and lures in tackle crafting. In aquatic ecology, members gain an understanding of aquatic insects so they are able to match the insect with the lure they are trying to imitate.”

The water quality section teaches 4-Hers what fish species can live in what bodies of water. Stocking rates and the need for regulations are explained in the fisheries management section.

Crawford is hoping more adults will step forward as volunteers for the state’s youths. A training day for sportfishing leaders is 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. June 23, in Casper, Wyo.

The workshop is at the UW CES Agricultural Resource and Learning Center, 2011 Fairgrounds Road. There is a $10 fee that can be donated to the 4-H Foundation for leader training or be refunded during the training. Deadline for registration is June 15.

Those interested in registering for the training or becoming a volunteer can contact their county UW CES office. A listing is available online at http://ces.uwyo.edu/Counties.asp.


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