What is FishCamp?
FishCamp is a 5-day, 4 night summer fly fishing adventure in Northern California.
Each summer kids from all across the U.S. come to our very own Antelope Creek Ranch to enjoy a week at FishCamp, a unique program that offers children the opportunity to experience the mystique of fly fishing coupled with the serenity of the outdoors.
Boys and girls, 10-15 years of age, arrive each week with smiles painted on their faces and sleeping bags in hand, visions of leaping fish dancing in the back of their minds. A few short days later, FishCampers have all caught fish on a fly (many on their own hand-tied flies!), met new friends, and experienced countless adventures in the great outdoors.
Imagine your child rising every morning to the smell of bacon, eggs, and hot chocolate wafting through the woods of the beautiful high country. Meals at FishCamp are plentiful, and healthy, with three squares a day. Our cooks work hard every day to ensure that our campers enjoy tasty, nutritious food.
With over a decade of experience initiating hundreds of young FishCampers to the wonders of fly fishing, we've put together a great weekly itinerary, with plenty of fishing time every day, workshops on a variety of different aspects of fly fishing, fly tying in the evenings after dinner, and stories and S'Mores around the campfire each night. Some of the lessons include:
• Fly Casting (roll cast, overhead fly cast, false casting, shooting line)
• Fly Tying (many kids even catch fish on their own hand-tied flies!)
• Knots (Improved Clinch, Double Surgeon's, Perfection Loop)
• Basic Entomology and what fish eat
• Reading the Water
• Safe Wading Techniques
• Catch & Release Rainbow & Brown Trout in our stream and lakes
Most important, FishCamp is FUN! There are games to be played, and stories to be told around the campfire in the evenings. And, of course, what would FishCamp be without lots of fishing! Every kid that comes to camp catches fish, and many are big ones.
FishCam, a destination: FishCamp is located in the shadows of Mount Shasta near the town of Weed, California, at our very own Antelope Creek Ranch. The historic 440 acre ranch is only a one hour forty minute drive from The Fly Shop in Redding, and surrounded by tens of thousands of acres of pristine Klamath National Forest. Antelope Creek is a privately leased ranch with both a stream and two lakes teeming with fish. The ranch is set at 5,000 ft elevation, so even in the heat of midsummer the days remain comfortable and the nights are always cool. Campers are housed in state of the art walled tents where they rest their heads on comfortable bunks. There are bathroom and shower facilities - separate for boys and girls - and a shaded outdoor grill and eating area.
The FishCamp™ staff is a selected group of talented individuals who make learning fun and easy. Our team of counselors are patient experts who enjoy sharing their love of flyfishing with children. They are role models who share their positive attitudes on life with the campers. FishCamp™ is not only a kid's dream, but also a parent's dream to share the healthy lifestyle of fly fishing. Indeed, fly fishing can open up a world of mystery and passion for a child to develop for the rest of their life.