Andrew and Josh joined Vanessa Valgardson's ELL class for a fly tying lesson. Vanessa has done a lot to make her classroom fishy and to instill in her students a deep appreciation for wild trout and the places they live. For the last couple of years, for example, Vanessa and her students have participated in the Fish in Schools (FinS) program, raising rainbow trout in a classroom aquarium.
This year, Vanessa has a group of students, relatively new to Canada, from Syria and Nepal. The Chapter aided in the purchase of six introductory tying kits, which these kids quickly put to good use - each student tied a pretty nice wooly bugger.
We'll be at Lakie a few times over the school year, casting and tying, getting these kids ready for their first trout on a fly come spring. Thanks to Vanessa and GS Lakie for having us in and to Mike Gifford at Country Pleasures Fly Fishing in Calgary, who has helped us purchase both the tying kits and some fly rods for the Chapter.