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Activities/Crafts

Angler Award Program
Application and rules for PFBC Angler Award Program.

Angler’s Calendar
Checklist and a coupon to ask someone to go fishing.

Bass Tournament Game
Try out this fun “board game” to see who in your family will win the “Bass Tournament.”

Come and Get Em
Fish and lure matching game.

Gather Your Gear

Knotes on Knots
How to tie fishing knots such as blood knot, improved clinch knot and more.

Knot Sense
Learn how to tie 3 knots – Clinch knot; surgeon’s knot; surgeon’s end loop.

Life of a Trout
Activity - Cut out, paste and learn about PA’s trout, their habitat and their lifecycle.

R3 Activities

Wading Staff Project
Learn how to make your own wading staff for wading safety.

 

Coloring Pages

 

PLAY Newsletters

You can find additional activities and crafts on the last page of every PLAY newsletter!

“Fishing is Reel Fun” booklet
This 18-page activity booklet is full of fishing and boating information to help anglers and boaters of all ability levels enjoy safe, fun, and year-round outdoor adventures in Pennsylvania. Enjoy!

PLAY: An Adventure for Anyone!
PLAY issue containing the following articles –
Fishing-An Adventures for Anyone; A Day of Fishing – Make it an adventure/Fishing Trip tips; Where to fish; Summer is for Discoveries; New Beginnings; Prepare for a great year of fishing (word search).

PLAY: AngleR3 Education
PLAY issue containing the following articles –
The 3R’s of Being a SMART Angler, From 3R’s to R3-What’s New, Let’s talk Recruitment, Retention, Reactivation, Practice Your R3’s (activity page).

PLAY: Anglers Calendar
PLAY issue containing the following articles –
Angler’s Calendar; Why do we have fishing regulations?; ‘Tis the season- All Year Long; Laws and Regulations; Your Fishing Calendar (check list and take me fishing coupon).

PLAY: Anytime is a Great Time to Take Your Family Fishing
Play issue containing the following articles-
Think SMART, Pick Your Spot, More on Life Jackets, A Little about Licenses, Gather Your Gear (activity page).

PLAY: Are You a SMART Angler
PLAY issue containing the following articles –
Are you a SMART Angler?; Safety First!; Manners Are Important; Appreciate Clean Water; Release Some of Your Catch; Off the Hook!; Teach Others to Be SMART Anglers.

PLAY: Fishing & History
PLAY issue containing the following articles –
Fishing & History; Fishing the North American Way; Enough Fish for Everyone; Fishing Rod History; Fishing High Tech; The Future of Fishing.

PLAY: Tackle-Crafting
PLAY issue containing the following articles –
Tackle-crafting, Beginning Fly Tying, Knot Sense, Making Jigs, Recipe for a Rod Tube, Fixing Old Lures, It's the Law.

PLAY: Take A Friend Fishing
PLAY issue containing the following articles –
Take a Friend Fishing; Be a SMART Angler; Getting Started with Sunfish; Know Those Knots; Casting with a Friend; Catch a Panfish with a Friend; Panfish (Word Search).

PLAY: Take Your Family Fishing
PLAY issue containing the following articles –
Take Your Family Fishing; Fishing from a Rented Boat; The Ideal Fishing Spot; Checklist of Equipment, Bait and Other Gear; The Basics: Casting and Knots; Panfish Identification.

PLAY: The Lure of Being a Mentor
PLAY issue containing the following articles –
The Lure of Being a Mentor; Who can be a Mentor? YOU Can!; Mentors of ALL ages; Mentor Notes; Mentor Pathways – Where do you start?;Take action; Mentor Circle – First Steps Begin with You! (maze & take me fishing coupon).

PLAY: The Lure of PA’s Silver Shadows
PLAY issue containing the following articles –
Silver Shadows; Profiling Erie’s “Silver Bullet”; Stream Manners; Equipment used to target Steelhead; Catching Lake Erie Steelhead; Fighting and Releasing Steelhead; Steelhead Alley (word search).

PLAY: Trout Training
PLAY issue containing the following articles –
Trout Training; Finding Trout waters; Know Your Tr-“outfit”; Casting Practice; Trout Training-Rig It Right (cut and match game); Trout Tactics – On the Fly; Trout Tactics – Without a Spin.

PLAY: Why Do We Fish?
PLAY issue containing the following articles –
Why Do we fish?; Physical Benefits of Fishing; Fishing and Wellbeing; Fish is Good Food; Fishing is Big Business.

 

Videos/Links

PLAYLISTS

The following link is a playlist that will take you through all of PFBC’s videos related to fly fishing OR you can go through them individually by clicking links below.

PFBC Virtual Family Fishing Program
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If you have always wanted to attend a PFBC Family Fishing Program (FFP) but have not yet had the opportunity to do so, the agency's Education staff have developed a Virtual FFP (VFFP) just for you!

Whether new to fishing, returning to fishing, or introducing someone to the sport of fishing, these videos- and the (in-person) Family Fishing Program, itself- will get you started in the right direction. Our virtual FFP videos provide a variety of educational "stations" that introduce you to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the FFP program, Casting, Knot-Tying, All About Fish, How to be a SMART Angler, How to Rig and Bait a Rod for Fishing, and the Rules and Regulations you need to know before you go fishing. Each virtual "station" is also broken into short video clips and provided to you in a series-format on our YouTube channel and our Facebook page, so that you can watch only the videos that you wish, and in the order that you wish.

PFBC’s in-person Family Fishing Programs are for families with little or no fishing experience. Participants learn basic fishing skills and practice those skills while fishing during the program. The program is open to all ages, including children ages 5 and older. The program is free, and all equipment and bait is provided. NOTE: the fishing license requirement is waived during the program for participants age 16 and older.

We look forward to helping you begin this exciting new journey and hope to see you on the water soon!

“All About Fish” Station (Complete)- VFFP 2020
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Welcome to “All About Fish”, brought to you by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. In this video we introduce you to SW Region Education Specialist, Mandy Smith, who provides the complete "All About Fish” station of PFBC’s Virtual Family Fishing Program. You will learn "What Makes a Fish a Fish", "Identifying Characteristics of a Fish", and about "Fish Habitats and Local Fishing Opportunities in PA". The more you learn about the fish that you are trying to catch, the better angler you’ll become! Shorter, individual clips are available on both platforms for those who do not have time to watch the full-length version.

Knots “Station”- VFFP 2020
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Published September 7, 2020,
Welcome to the Knots “Station”, brought to you by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission! In this video, Northeast Region Outreach and Education Coordinator, Walt Dietz, provides the knot-tying station of our Virtual Family Fishing Program. This video provides an introduction to knots, parts of a hook, and how to tie an improved clinch knot.

Basic Fly-Tying Equipment
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In this video, PFBC Fishing Skills Instructor, George Daniel, introduces you to basic fly-tying equipment (e.g. fly tying vise, bobbin, scissors, hackle pliers, whip finisher etc.).

Basic Fly-Tying: The Olive France Fly
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In this short video, one of PA Fish and Boat Commission’s many Fishing Skills Instructors, Tracey McAfoos, shares a favorite fly pattern she fishes with. The fly is the “Olive France Fly”. This fly is a great pattern because it imitates mayfly nymphs and works year-round!

Caddis are Hatching
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Caddis flies are aquatic insects found in nearly all of PA’s waters. Some caddis species are at home in small mountain streams, while others prefer the depths of our large rivers and lakes.

First Steelhead on a Fly Excitement
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Fourteen second video clip that captures the pure excitement of catching a Steelhead for the first time!

Fishing Opportunities – PA Fish and Boat Commission
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This video introduces viewers to the fishing opportunities available in PA.

Fly Fishing Equipment Basics – Fly Line
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In this video, PFBC Fishing Skills Instructor, Jodie Minor, introduces you to the fly line. She covers fly lines, how to “decode” the code on fly line boxes, types of fly lines, and how to connect it to your reel.

Fly Fishing Equipment Basics – Fly Reel 
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In this video, Jodie Minor, PFBC Fishing Skills Instructor and member of Penns Woods West Trout Unlimited , introduces you to the fly reel. This video covers the parts of the reel, the drag system, the fly line, how the reel works and different types of reels.

Fly Fishing Equipment Basics – Fly Rod
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In this video, PFBC Fishing Skills Instructor, Jodie Minor, introduces you to the fly rod. She covers the parts of the fly rod, what type of fly rod you have, how rods are categorized, how to get started in PA, and how to connect your rod and reel.

Fly Fishing Equipment Basics – Leaders & Tippets
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Published September 15, 2020,
In this video, PFBC Fishing Skills Instructor, Jodie Minor, introduces you to leaders and tippets. She covers leaders and tippet, how to decode a leader package, the difference between leader and tippet, and how to attach your leader to your fly line.

Fly Fishing Program Participant Learning How to Cast
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A participant at one of PFBC’s Fly Fishing Programs is having a fun time learning how to cast. Does this look like something you’d like to try?

How to Tie a “Sexy Walt’s Worm”
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In this short video, one of PA Fish and Boat Commission’s many Fishing Skills Instructors, Tracey McAfoos, shares a favorite fly pattern she fishes with. The fly is the “Sexy Walt’s Worm”. This fly is a great pattern because it’s an easy tie, it doesn’t really “match the hatch”, but is flashy enough to equal success on the water year-round!

How to Tie a Walt’s Worm
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In this short video, PA Fish and Boat Commission introduces, yet another volunteer Fishing Skills Instructor, Tracey McAfoos. In this video she shares why and how she got involved in fly fishing, as well as shares one of her favorite fly patterns she fishes with. The fly is the “Walt’s Worm”. This fly is a great pattern because it imitates everything, but nothing specific at the same time, and works year-round!

Intro to Fly Tying- “First Fly”
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In this video, PFBC Fishing Skills Instructor, George Daniel, introduces viewers to a basic, but effective “First Fly” called the “Green Weenie.”

Joe Humphrey’s Surprise Visit to PFBC Program
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On Sunday, April 10, 2016, legendary fly fisherman Joe Humphreys paid a surprise visit to the PFBC's Women's Intro to Fly Fishing program. For about 45 minutes, Mr. Humphreys gave the 28 participants and 9 instructor volunteers tips on casting. This video (turn up the volume) shows how to retrieve a fly line from a tree.

Mayfly “Social Distancing”
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Mayflies are important food items for many fish, especially trout. There are more than 700 kinds of mayflies in North America.

PFBC Fly Fishing Participant Testimonial
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This video introduces viewers to a testimonial provided by a participant at PFBC’s “Women’s Intro to Fly Fishing Program.”

Rain, Bugs, Rising Trout, & Laughter
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Moments along the banks of Spring Creek, Centre County, that 14 ladies and their 6 instructors will never forget!

Regulations Station- VFFP 2020
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In this video, SE Region Outreach & Education Coordinator, Andrew Desko, provides the “Regulations” portion of our Virtual Family Fishing Program. This video provides a brief explanation of the types of regulations around fishing, and how and where to find the fishing regulations.

Women’s Intro to Fly Fishing Program
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Enjoy this testimonial from Veronica Terrill, of Bellefonte, Pa, as she shares with us how she has become “hooked” on fly fishing!

 

Additional Resources

A Fly Angler’s Introduction to Picking A Fly Pattern
Introduction on how to pick out a fly pattern.

Are You a Smart Angler?
Fact sheet detailing SMART concept, what letters in SMART stand for.

Care of the Catch
Techniques for releasing or keeping fish.

Care of the Catch - Trout
Techniques for releasing or keeping trout.

Dry Fly Tips and Tricks
Article sharing information about dry flies and how to fish them.

Fly Fishing & Spin Fishing
The difference between Fly Fishing & Spin Fishing

Get in Some Extra Trout Fishing With Summertime Terrestrials
Fishing for trout using fly patterns that imitate terrestrial insects (e.g. ants, beetles, grasshoppers).

Panfish On The Fly
Techniques for catching panfish (e.g. bluegill, pumpkinseeds and more) on a fly.

Popular Sport-fishes of Pennsylvania
How, where and when to catch them.

Put 'em Back Alive
Details tips for catching and releasing trout.