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Old 10-03-2002, 05:00 PM
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Lightbulb Starting a High School Fishing Club!

I figured out the one thing that my school was missing. A Fishing Club!!!! I just started it this week and we have quite a large turnout. I live in San Diego, CA and go to Point Loma High School. We are looking for some contributions to help get the club on its feet. Anything will help, old rods (fly or other), reels, flys, fly tying kits, rod building supplies, or monetary contributions. We want the members of our club to be able to participate even if they don't have the money to do so. So we would like to have a club set of rods, reels, and tackle. It would be very nice if anyone has any connections in the San Diego area that would be willing to lend some support to a worthy cause. Thank you very much for you consideration.
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Andrew Wolf
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Old 10-03-2002, 10:51 PM
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"NW" this is EXACTLY what the Charity Spey Clinic's aimed at funding.

Our next go will be in very late Feb to mid March here on the Rouge. The first one provided funding to two (of four donations) to school systems that provide this type of opportunities.

Keep in touch with me! Love to have your group as one of our target groups. Very Cool!
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Darn, almost forgot to add: beyond your e mail address, where/what would you like the folks to provide, and where? The more specific you can be the better we'll all be able to contribute.
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Old 10-03-2002, 11:18 PM
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fredaevans,


I will definitely be staying in touch. I am not quite sure what you mean by
"Darn, almost forgot to add: beyond your e mail address, where/what would you like the folks to provide, and where? The more specific you can be the better we'll all be able to contribute.
Fred".
Do you mean what is the club asking for as far as support? If so, we are just looking for any items or donations which can help towards our master goal of allowing anyone to participate in any of our fishing activities. Items could include rods, reels, line, flies, kits, vests, literature, videos, nets, accessories, etc. Pretty much anything related to fishing that might be lying around the house or monetary contributions that could help toward purchasing these items. We would like to be able to check out fishing setups to students who are not able to buy their own so they can be introduced to the sport as well. Hope that cleared it up for you
Thanks for the help.

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Old 10-03-2002, 11:31 PM
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Hi Andy! Gad you must have been on line when I hit the 'send' button.

'Thing' I was trying to focus on (for myself anyway) was what do you need, and in what order. If your immediate goal is to teach them to tie flys, then vises, hooks, etc., and etc. would be our first shot at helping out.

If you need rods/reels, then my question would be what rod/line wts. No point in someone sending you a 'tuna' sized 15 wt when you need 5-6 wt trout rods. I strongly suspect the fellow/gals will pitch in on your request, but focus is everything here, if we're to get you up and running from the get-go.
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Old 10-04-2002, 05:39 AM
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Netwolf -

Do a search on the Big Brother day we did on Father's Day - rather than get people to give equipment, we asked people to bring lots of it and their time to teach Big and Little brothers how to fish on Father's Day.

I might suggest that asking anglers in your district / region to be mentors would solve not only the gear issue but provide enough tutors for the kids that you say are very interested.

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Old 10-04-2002, 08:06 AM
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Another idea is to present your operational plan and long-term outlook to businesses in your area in an attempt to solicit charitable giving, much like a sustaining membership involvement in other organizations, e.g., Boy and Girl Scouts. Also, actively pursue help in structuring your group as a non-profit oriented organization, which may help you regarding solicitations to these larger corporate donors. Regardless of the state of the economy, a well thought out and presented idea, such as yours, appeals to charitable benefactors.

If you have a business course through your school, this may be a perfect project to combine with chartering your club. If you have access to someone in the legal field, you might ask for help putting all the ducks in a row. This may sound like too much involvement for something that's supposed to be fun and collegial, yet you may learn from, be better situated by doing, and actually set the groundwork for the organization to succeed you and your original efforts. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Good Luck.
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Old 10-04-2002, 08:49 AM
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Also...

Regional manufacturer reps and clubs sometimes have a cache of rods for just such occasions. Flyshops might have demo rods available as loaners too. If you contact these organizations you might hit the jackpot!
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Old 10-04-2002, 03:03 PM
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I think you have a big project but one that will work..I agree with Juro, start by getting some of the shops to have a demo program and ask them to come out and give lesson to your first group... I think you would want to get people committed to attend to make it sucessful... also ,have other members of your group...if you are not alone, to help..if you are alone the first thing you need to do is get the members . Plan a trip to the local fly tiers group and sit at the beginners table... things like that... your club doesn't have to be like the New York Angler's Club ..just a group of like minded kids who want to learn about this... maybe a couple captain's or guides will give your group a free trip or outing..Good luck and i think it's a great idea.
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Old 10-04-2002, 03:07 PM
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Absolutely a fantastic idea!

I will be speaking with my son over the weekend about setting up a similar club in his high school. Anything to help these kids break from tradition and their father's big meat sticks on the Skagit .

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Old 10-05-2002, 02:28 AM
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Thanks you guys for all the input. In response to Fred's question reguarding the order, we would like to first obtain rod and reels in sizes around the 6-7 wt range and then possibly some different lines. After that it doesnít matter what order we receive the items in. We are not at all picky on donated items anything you guys can spare would be great. Old beat up rods that are never used and sit in your garages in any weight would be just fine.

In regards to Dfix and Juros comments I am definitely going to contact a local fly shop called Strouds and ask them about donations. Unfortunately living in southern California there are not many fly shops in the area. Thanks for all the great help!!!
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Old 10-05-2002, 05:00 AM
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As I alluded to earlier, we have had success in the Forum by inviting members of the Forum to participate. That way you get both a mentor and plenty of gear.

Perhaps a flyshop is not the right approach - most of these shops are barely making ends meet. How about approaching the Ronald McDonald foundation or other such organization that in a benevolent community type org? Or with such a noble cause directly contacting Cabelas or Bass Pro or other mega company might win you some support.

Personally, I have loaned and given much gear out over the years; in fact I still have loaners out - but no spares at the moment.

Are you a student at Point Loma currently?
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Old 10-05-2002, 04:19 PM
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Juro,

Yes, I am currently a student at my High School. I am also President of our High Schools Drag Racing club where we build and race Drag cars at a local track. Having been the president for two years I know what it is like looking for program donations. I sent out over 80 letters last year to anywhere from Indian casinos to local air conditioning companies. From all of that I only received a $150 donation and a set of valve covers. Thatís why I am using the approach of asking people not for monetary donations but for old or spare gear. In my experience that has always been a much more productive approach. That doesnít mean I am not going to write letters to those organizations I just want you to see where Iím coming from. Thanks
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Old 10-05-2002, 09:25 PM
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Wow - I am impressed.

How many students? What species would you be using, or would it just be casting? Location?

I would imagine 6wt or 7wt rods with floating lines and any reel that will act as a line holder will do for casting and freshwater.

Do you have a class description? If your plan is solid, perhaps with our help we could get this done for you.

Please prepare and present the details of your plan.

Who would teach it?

Would your school approve of it (liabilities, credits, etc)?

Who would approve it?

How many students (repeated)?

I am getting pretty pumped up about this project! Tell me more!
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Old 10-05-2002, 10:05 PM
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Andrew, double ditto's to Juro's post.

Your posts suggested a 'much' older fellow. Obviously your 'education' is sticking. To paraphrase General Patton: "A man that eloquent must be saved." If you're 60+, the 'where from' of that quote is obvious; at your age a 'history exam.'
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Give the board a Solid! 1,2,3 priority list of your needs, when and where. A shopping list makes life easier.

Another very important thing is the name of your high school, and it's telephone number. Not a question of distrust, but the 'higher up's' will be involved. The sooner we're all on the same page the less likely this will blow up in your face. (40+ years of Sr. Management talking here.)

fae

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Old 10-05-2002, 10:21 PM
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P.L.H.S. Fishing Club


The P.L.H.S. Fishing Club is an organization in which students are able to meet, discuss, and plan different types of fishing activities. The P.L.H.S. Fishing Club members will meet once a week in a selected teachers room and talk about their fishing experiences and also plan group trips. The P.L.H.S. Fishing Club will go on at least one major trip each month and possibly other smaller trips on the side. All trips will be optional, but recommended. If possible there will be, once a year, a large group trip that will require driving a distance or flying to places such as Colorado, Mammoth, Washington etc. The P.L.H.S. Fishing Club is not limited to one type of fishing, it will cover everything from fly-fishing to bubbling (type of Catfish fishing).

We are very fortunate in San Diego to be surrounded by great fisheries such as lake Murray, Lake Hodges, Santee Lakes, the bay, local golf courses, and especially the ocean. Fishing is made all the more fun when there is a group of people taking part. This Club will be just one more way for students on the Point Loma campus to meet and make new acquaintances with the same hobbies and interests as themselves. Thank you for taking the time to consider the P.L.H.S. Fishing Club

We already have approval from the school and have a teacher who is sponsoring us so it is an official club. The majority of the surrounding lakes contain bass and a few trout. I personally would like to get better at salt-water fly fishing. I have been several times but had no luck. Here is a list in the order we need the items.

1. Rods, weights 5-6 for local lakes and 7-8 for salt water
2. Reels, matching sizes some fresh some salt
3. Lines, matching sizes
4. Flies or fly tying kits
5. Rod building supplies
6. Gear, cases, fly holders etc.

Pretty soon we will be looking for some casting and technique lessons. I found a local lake where every other Wednesday they offer casting lessons. So that takes care of that but when the club starts to become established I will definitely be looking for people to come in to speak and demonstrate.

Juro,
In response to your post I think you might have the wrong impression of the club. It will not be an actual class just a school club which meets at lunch and takes after school trips. It might sound a little less serious than you had hoped but trying to get a fishing class in high school would be almost a David and Goliath struggle. It is a struggle just to keep the current programs such as Auto shop and Woodshop.

As soon as we find the kids who are really interested in the club and aren't just coming to see what its like I will give a second count. This Wednesday is our first "Official MeetingĒ So that's when we will be able to discuss the fine details and see what the club members want to do. I don't want to count my chickens before they've hatched so I will keep my comments kind of general for now.

Thanks,
Andrew

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