Stoking the Fire for the Next Generation


Written by: Eric Rickstad

Last week, Orvis held its semi-annual Kids Fishing Derby at the ponds beside the flagship retail store in Manchester, Vermont. It’s an opportunity to introduce kids to the joys of fly fishing, as well as a way for the folks at the store to remove some of the larger fish from the population to ensure the health of all. This year’s deby was quite a success, although those big ol’ trout are awfully wily and more difficult to catch than you’d image a semi-“tame” fish to be. All the kids had a wonderful time, as evidenced by the big smiles in the pictures below.

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Orvis Eastern ELOG Coordinator Scott McEnaney shows off a trophy
rainbow trout for a youngster.

photo by Lauren Mazzotta

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Think he’s having a good time?

photo by Lauren Mazzotta

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Orvis Fly Fishing School Head Instructor Truel Myers offers instruction
to a future fly-fishing enthusiast.

photo by Lauren Mazzotta

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She can’t believe what she caught!

photo by Lauren Mazzotta

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High fives were in order once the big fish came to the net.

photo by Lauren Mazzotta

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Most of the kids had never seen such big trout and were shocked when
they saw these beauties up close.

photo by Lauren Mazzotta

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Prizes were awarded for biggest fly-caught trout, biggest caught by a boy, and biggest caught by a girl.

photo by Lauren Mazzotta



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