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Youth Fishing Day a Whole Lot of FUN!

 

The Shannon Lake Youth Fly Fishing event on June 2 was a great success.  We had about 42 youth come out to the event throughout the day. While not everyone caught a fish, everyone had an enjoyable time and many youth (and their parents/guardians) said they would like to be notified of future events that included either fishing or shooting.

 

Since we had planned on having between 30 and 50 youth at the event, 42 was perfect. As the youth arrived, we started them out tying flies and then progressed to fly casting under the supervision of volunteers from the Peachland Sportsmen’s Association. Once they caught the hang of casting, they tried fly fishing (many of them for the first time).  While fly fishing is not everyone’s cup of tea, and several youth chose to do regular spin casting instead, everyone enjoyed themselves and many will be back for the Father’s Day Fishing Derby on June 16.

 

Most of the youth in attendance were from Westbank and Peachland, but several came from Kelowna as well. Also, many of the attendees are not currently members of a local fish and game association, but were interested in pursuing membership. At our next event we will need membership forms from all the neighbouring clubs. This way we can connect people with the club in in their area quickly, and with less confusion. For example, rather than giving someone from Kelowna a Peachland Sportsmens Association membership, we would give them a membership from the Kelowna (or Oceola) clubs. Then, all the clubs in the region gain membership instead of the single club or association hosting the event. We want to connect new members with the club closest to them.

 

In relation to needing membership forms from the neighbouring clubs, we also need to have representation from those clubs in attendance. These are regional events, so the whole region needs to be participating. Region 8 is very large and sprawling and not very central, so it is very hard to have a representative from every club at every event. However, we do need representation and involvement from at least two of the neighbouring or closest clubs. For example, if there was a shooting event in Oliver, we would need participation from the Keremeos and Summerland clubs at the event.

This doesn’t necessarily mean required participation in the planning of the event (if individuals want to participate in the planning, that’s great), but rather as a physical presence at the event.

 

Attendees to this event were between the ages of 10 and 18, with the majority under age 16. This is typical for most youth-oriented events, since most young people between the ages of 17 and 18 are more attracted to things and events aimed at people in their early twenties.

 

Also, an issue that came up in the planning of this event at Shannon Lake was that of liability insurance. The Regional District needed to see the certificate of insurance for liability of the host club (the Peachland Sportsmen’s Association). Thankfully the PSA’s liability insurance is up to date, but this raises the issue of how current the event/liability insurance is for all the clubs in region 8.  This is an issue we should keep on top of, simply as good housekeeping.

 

Also, a huge thanks is due to all the volunteers from the Peachland Sportsmen’s Association for their help at the event, and also to the various members of the region who helped in the planning process.

 

All in all, the Shannon Lake Fishing event was a good event, and I look forward to many more.

 

Bethany Froehlich

Peachland Sportsmen’s Association

Region 8

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