National program brings fly fishing to Virginia’s schools

The National Fishing in Schools Program (NFSP) held a teacher certification session at James Madison University on July 14. NFSP is a nationwide, in-school program that teaches fly fishing to students in middle schools and high schools. NFSP educates students about fish, insects, aquatic environment, resource stewardship and conservation using fishing, and learning the skill of casting, as the instructional tool. The program is a natural compliment to the TU Trout in the Classroom program.

The program is designed to be taught by Physical Education teachers and uses the “Cast a Fly, Catch a Student” curriculum. Participating schools use equipment provided by NFSP. Virginia will have 10 sets of equipment, and schools must apply to participate. Information on the national program is available online at

In Virginia, the program will be coordinated by Chris Dunnavant, Angling Education coordinator for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Chris can be reached at for information on the application process.

The Virginia Council of Trout Unlimited is made up of representatives of the state’s 16 TU chapters.