OUTCAST -- A few lucky kids who sign up early will get special attention during the International Fly Fishing Fair coming to Spokane next month.
The 47th annual Federation of Fly Fishers extravaganza -- which roams to venues such as West Yellowstone, Mont. -- is coming July 12-14 to the Spokane Convention Center.
One of the many offerings is a chance for Inland Northwest youths ages 8 to 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.
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Members of the Inland Empire Fly Fishing Club and other anglers will play host for the camp from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at a private facility near Coeur d'Alene.
Instruction starts with a topic kids get into: entomology -- 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 the 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 U.S. 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.
Registration is open to 4 p.m. July 2 at www.fedflyfishers.org.
Results of drawings for Idaho controlled hunt tags will be available in early July on the Fish and Game Department website.
Postcards will be mailed -- only to successful applicants -- by July 10.