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|| This is the Fly Fishing merit badge for Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Venturers.|
Venturers can also complete the Fishing elective for the Ranger Award.
Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Venturers can also earn the Fishing merit badge.
|Fly Fishing merit badge
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|| Fly-fishing is a specialized form of fishing that combines skill and artistry. Because it is so rich with tradition, it is a passion for millions of people. The beauty of the water, the solitude, and the skills that the sport requires have made fly-fishing very important in the lives of many notable people.
Fly Fishing is one of the elective merit badges for the William T. Hornaday awards for Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts.
Fly Fishing merit badge requirements
- Explain to your counselor the injuries that could occur while fly-fishing and the proper treatment, including cuts, scratches, puncture wounds, insect bites, hypothermia, and heat reactions. Explain how to remove a hook that has lodged in your arm. Name and explain five safety practices you should always follow while fly-fishing.
- Discuss how to match a fly rod, line and leader to get a balanced system. Discuss several types of fly lines, and explain how and when each would be used. Review with your counselor how to care for this equipment.
- Demonstrate how to tie proper knots to prepare a fly rod for fishing:
- a. Tie a backing to a fly reel spool using the arbor backing knot
- b. Attach backing to fly line using the nail knot
- c. Attach a leader to fly line using the needle knot, nail knot or loop-to-loop connection
- d. Add tippet to a leader using a double surgeon’s loop or blood knot
- e. Tie a fly onto the terminal end of the leader using the improved clinch knot
- Explain how each of the following types of flies are used: dry flies, wet flies, nymphs, streamers, bass bugs, and poppers. What does each imitate? Tie at least two types of the flies mentioned in this requirement.
- Demonstrate the ability to cast a fly consistently and accurately using overhead and roll cast techniques.
- Go to a suitable fishing location and make observations on the types of insects fish may be eating. Look for flying insects and some that may be on or beneath the water’s surface. Look under rocks. Explain the importance of matching the hatch.
- Explain the importance of practicing Leave No Trace and how it positively affects fly-fishing resources.
- Obtain a copy of the regulations affecting game fishing where you live. Explain why they were adopted and what you accomplish by following them.
- Explain what good outdoor sportsmanlike behavior is and how it relates to fishermen. Tell how the Outdoor Code of the Boy Scouts of America relates to a fishing enthusiast, including the aspects of littering, trespassing, courteous behavior, and obeying fishing regulations.
- Catch at least one fish. If regulations and health concerns permit, clean and cook a fish you have caught. Otherwise, acquire a fish and cook it.
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Boy Scout Requirements, 2017 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #637685)
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- Please be aware that there are Fish eating advisories in several areas of the continental US. The cooking requirement does not require you to cook a fish you catch, just to cook a fish. You may wish to obtain a fish from the market to cook and eat. Click here for an example fish consumption advisory.
- The BSA Fishing Troop Program Feature offers meeting and activity plans to include Fly Fishing as one of your monthly themes.
1. First Aid: Cuts - Scratches - Puncture Wounds - Insect Bites - Hypothermia - Dehydration - Heat Reactions
2. Fishing equipment: Cabela's - Bass Pro Shop
4. Fly tying lessons online - Clinch Knot
5. Fly Fishing Video Lessons
- Gear - Setup - Tippet - Cast - Cast2 - Fly Tying - more
7. Leave No Trace
8. Fishing Licenses and Laws for your state
9. Outdoor Code
10. Cooking Fish including a dozen videos on how to fillet and cook, sanitaiton, and fish recipes.