Weave a tale, win a trip to kids fly camp

By: J.D. Richey Journal Outdoors Columnist
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Okay, this one’s for the kids… any of you out there aged 10-15 who are budding outdoor writers? Do you have a knack for penning a good fishing story? If so, bust out your best work and submit it to Flyfishing and Tying Journal — you could win a sweet trip to FISHCAMP this spring. This is the second straight year that the Portland-based magazine and The Fly Shop in Redding have teamed up to sponsor the kids FISHCAMP essay contest. All you have to do is type up a 100-word essay on why you’d like to go to camp and send it to the address below and the magazine editors will pick the winners. And just exactly why would you want to go to FISHCAMP anyway? Well, I’m glad you asked. The camp is a 4-day, 5-night full-emersion fly fishing adventure at the awesome Antelope Creek Lodge near Mount Shasta. It’s home to The Fly Shop’s fly fishing schools and you’ll get to learn all sorts of cool stuff that will help you kick your parents’ behinds the next time the family goes fishing! You’ll learn fishing techniques and strategies, a bunch of useful casts and how to identify the bugs that trout love to eat. Additionally, you’re going to get a crash course on safe wading and tips on how to read water. But the fun doesn’t stop there! In the evenings, professional fly tiers will give you hands-on demonstrations on how to whip up some sweet concoctions out of feathers and glue. There’s nothing quite like catching a fish on something you tied up. Maybe even better than that is getting to name your creation. There are some really great fly pattern names out there…which, by the way, just may be a good topic for your essay! Speaking of your essay, the winners will get their picture and article published in an upcoming issue of Flyfishing and Tying Journal, which is a nice little foot in the door if you want to get more into writing as a career someday. The Fly Shop will provide accommodations, meals and equipment. And did I mention s’mores? All you need to bring with you is a sleeping bag, some clothing and toiletries — and, of course, a ride to camp. The total prize package is worth $750 but the real bonus here is you’re going to be giving mom and dad a few days of quiet time, which is a win-win for everybody! You can learn more about FISHCAMP by logging onto or you can call (800) 541-9498. Mail your essay to Dave Eng at Flyfishing and Tying Journal, P.O. Box 82112 Portland, OR 97282. The contest ends April 30. J.D. Richey is a 1986 Placer High graduate, and his outdoors pieces have been published nationally. He can be found on the Web at