Almost 2 years ago, while at a board of Directors meeting for FOAM, Dennis Alverson (of Livingston, MT) brought up the idea of a program called Take A Kid Fishing – TAKF. Last year, Dennis organized and implemented this program in Livingston, then brought all the organizational stuff to the rest of the board members of FOAM this past winter. The idea is to get local fishing guides, outfitters and fly shops to promote fishing and the outdoors in their community amongst the kids. As the Vice President of FOAM, I jumped on board and got in touch with the West Yellowstone School and the science teacher – Sara Hoovler. Sara has been the driving force behind this entire program. She obtained a waiver from FWP for the kids fishing license, received a grant for the payment of the substitute teachers as well as lunches. All the guides are donating their day on the water and the local fly shops are donating flies and waders as well.
Tomorrow, May 22nd, 18 kids from the West Yellowstone School will be bused down to $3 Bridge for a full day of FREE guided fishing. We’ll give a full report in the days to come.
Flyshops and outfitters helping out: Madison River Outfitters, Bud Lilly’s, Blue Ribbon Flies, West Yellowstone Fly Shop, Bob Jacklin’s, Big Sky Anglers, Jonathan Heames, Yellowstone Fishing Guides, Riverside Anglers and Oarsmen Expeditions. THANKS to all!