[Editor’s note: We’ve posted before about this great youth organization in Upstate New York (see here), and Alberto Rey recently sent us the video above.]
A few days ago, the children and parents of the Sportfishing and Aquatic Resource Educational Programming (S.A.R.E.P.) Youth Fly-Fishing Program participated in their annual ritual of reintroducing brook trout back into their local stream, Canadaway Creek. The mature brookies are ready to spawn when they are placed near cold springs located at the creek’s headwaters. The hope is that, over a number of years, a wild strain will arise again and will be able to survive on their own, as they did a century ago.
The program does all its own fundraising to purchase the fish and to host an annual stream clean-up/tree-planting event as they continue their efforts to restore the stream.This is just one of the several initiatives started by this youth program, which was founded by an Orvis-endorsed guide, Alberto Rey, fifteen years ago.