Conservation News: June 2019

By Dave Keane
Grant and Evan Keane fly casting on the pond during the BOJC Campfire held in mid May.

What is more rewarding than tying your own fly and catching a fish? I’ll tell you, watching one of your son’s tie their first Dry Fly, an Elk Hair Caddis, and catch a fish!

The weekend of May 17th – 19th, I had the pleasure of spending time with my two sons, Grant and Evan, at the annual Campfire for the Brotherhood of the Jungle Cock, (BOJC) held at Camp Airy in Thurmont, MD. It’s something we look forward to every Spring.

I was introduced to the BOJC by my good friend, Steve Copp who attended the Campfire with his father Al Copp. Years ago, Steve would always tell me about this really cool camp that he attended as a kid where he learned how to tie flies, build fly rods and fish the streams of the Catoctin Mountains. Finally, when my boys were old enough, we began attending the Program. This year marked the BOJC’s 80th Campfire, continuing on the tradition of teaching young men not only how to fly fish, but also about Conservation, Aquatic Entomology, Games Laws and Nature.

I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend, the boys caught fish, tied flies, learned new skills and I got to spend time with them and my fishing buddy Steve. The BOJC has Chapters in Maryland, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

Thank you BOJC for a wonderful weekend!