CONCORD — Spring is in the air and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is looking for experienced anglers to volunteer as fishing instructors for the Let's Go Fishing program, where you'll have a chance to pass on the outdoor traditions by teaching basic and/or fly fishing skills to youth and adults.
If you want to become a Let's Go Fishing instructor, the first step is to get certified by attending two required free training sessions.¬ The first session covers the basics of Fish and Game and the Let's Go Fishing Program's policies and procedures, plus CPR certification.¬
The second session will focus on a specific program - either basic fishing or fly fishing; this is a hands-on experience in which prospective instructors are put through an abbreviated "real life" Let's Go Fishing course.¬ Topics covered include ethics, pond ecology, rules and regulations, equipment and safety.¬ If instructors want to teach both basic and fly fishing courses, they must attend a hands-on training session for each, in addition to the first overview training class.
The Let's Go Fishing program will hold the first half of the two-part certification training for new fishing instructors on the following dates (it is only necessary to attend one of these two training classes, plus one of the specialty sessions); lunch will be provided:
Saturday, April 10, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Fish and Game Headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive in Concord; or Sunday, April 25, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Fish and Game Region 1 Office, 629B Main Street in Lancaster.
Dates and locations for the second half of the certification training are as follows; lunch will be provided:
Basic Fishing:¬ Saturday, May 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Fish and Game Headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive in Concord.
Fly Fishing:¬ Sunday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center, 387 Perch Pond Road in Holderness.
To sign up for the free Let's Go Fishing instruction certification training, call Lisa Collins at 271-3212 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, you must print out and return a Let's Go Fishing volunteer application form, which can be found at www.fishnh.com/Fishing/lets_go_fishing.htm (or call and request at the number above).¬ Applications must be received by March 26 to reserve your spot in the trainings.¬
A minimum of eight participants is needed for trainings to be conducted.¬ If this minimum is not met, the training will be canceled and registrants will be notified.
After completing the training, participants have the opportunity to join an existing team of volunteer fishing instructors who present programs across the state.¬ The Let's Go Fishing program also offers classes in ice fishing, fly tying, saltwater fishing and saltwater fly fishing.
Thousands of children and adults have learned to be safe, ethical and successful anglers through the Let's Go Fishing program. The program is federally funded through the Sport Fish Restoration Program.