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Old 11-23-2001, 08:56 PM
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Question 5th grade talk on flyfishing

ok, here is my problem... I'm giving a talk on flyfishing on Wed to a 5th grade class. I need some general history and lore on the sport. I'll be bringing 6 or 7 rods set up for them to cast. anyone have a breif history in a few pages they can point me to? this will run for about 45 mins, but shouldn't be bad, considering we'll be going outside during part of it. thanks in advance, Tom D
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Old 11-23-2001, 10:09 PM
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Old 11-24-2001, 09:09 AM
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Tom.. you might want to bring two rods ..a 5 wt and 9 wt.. At that age it might confuse the presentation..just my opinion. Keep it simple.Sounds like a fun event.
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Fifth graders.

tomd, take your vise along and let them try to tie a simple fly; woolybuggers, ect.
That will give them a hands-on experience with the "ART APPRECIATION" portion of your lesson.
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That site that DocT referred is the one I've had bookmarked as a good historical reference.

It's funny that some people think flyfishing is a new fangled way of fishing when it is nearly as old as fishing itself. Really what's new is the high-ratio reel, spider wire, glass rattles and aerosol pheromone spray.

Aside from chronology, I often use the analogy of sailing verses motorboating when describing flyfishing verses other. It's certainly not the most efficient way to get from point A to point B, a motor boat is... but sailing is very satisfying to the soul. In sailing you don't need to go anywhere in particular but just go "sailing". In flyfishing, it's not the fish that counts so much as the fishing - but with dedication and perseverance the skills to get fish follow suit and there is no less fish in the equation than any other means.

Have fun, maybe I'll vounteer to do that too (if anyone would have me that is!). Kudos for your efforts too, if one kid comes out of it inspired that's one more potential conservation-minded adult on the streets and we can use as many as we can get nowadays.
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5th Grade Lecture

Here's a link that I found. I thought perhaps that a short dissertation on how it all began might be fun for the kids... kind of a "show them just how old this sport is and how far it's come" sorta thing?

Here's a link to a site with some info: http://www.flyfishinghistory.com/aelian.htm

They might like the lifecycle pictorial of a fly as well. Kids of that age are certainly into visuals... lol
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Well Tom? How'd it go?

Did you have any double-haulers in the class?
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