Angling for knowledge: Students in SEEDS program catch early case of trout fever

Elizabeth Dunham, Contributing Writer

Photo by Elizabeth Dunham

Adams Chapter of Trout Unlimited director Greg Miller assists Heston Krogel, 9, with his yellow woolly bugger during the recent fly-tying workshop at Rapid City Elementary.


RAPID CITY – Budding fishermen in the SEEDS After School Program at Rapid City Elementary have an early case of trout fever. The locally acclaimed fishing season may still be over a month away, but these first- through fifth-graders are getting a head start in preparation with lessons on habitat, feeding habits and fly-tying.

Frank Simkins and Greg Miller, directors of the Adams Chapter of Trout Unlimited, visited the after school program on Feb. 22 to give hands-on instructions on fly-tying.

“I think it’s good for the kids to know about the streams, habitats, insects and fish in the streams,” said Simkins.

The workshop lasted for 90 minutes, and each student left with their own woolly bugger that they created. According to the workshop, woolly buggers are artificial flies that imitate a wide range of game fish prey.

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