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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2012, 7:38 A.M.

International Fly Fishing Fair has eye on youth

A teenage fly fisher in action at a northeastern Washington fly-fishing lake. (Rich Landers)
A teenage fly fisher in action at a northeastern Washington fly-fishing lake. (Rich Landers)

FLY FISHING -- A few lucky kids who sign up early will get special attention during the International Fly Fishing Fair coming to Spokane in July.

The 47th annual Federation of Fly Fishers extravaganza – which roams to venues such as West Yellowstone, Mont. – is coming to the Spokane Convention Center July 12-14.

One of the many offerings is a chance for Inland Northwest youths ages 8-17 to enjoy a full immersion in the sport.

Up to 25 kids will be enrolled each day for the Youth Camp sessions July 13 and 14.

Members of the Inland Empire Fly Fishing Club and other anglers will host the camp, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at a private facility near Coeur d’Alene.

Instruction starts with a topic kids get into: entomology – bugs – the foundation of the sport.

Youths also will learn about fly tying, equipment and accessories, the balanced system, angler ethics, fishing safety, abeyance to regulations, catch and release, fly casting and, finally, FISHING!

Youths 11 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

In addition, youth activities will be offered during the main venue at Spokane Convention Center.

The Kid’s Fishin’ Corner will include fish and insect identification games, casting instruction, fish printing, fly tying and a scavenger hunt.

The FFF Fair is attracting anglers from across the United States to Spokane for a long list of casting, tying and other instructional clinics and programs taught by certified masters.

Many anglers consider this the premier event dedicated to the art and sport of fly fishing.

Online registration is open to 4 p.m. on July 2:

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Rich Landers
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