By Kevin Haney
Passing down knowledge of fly fishing from one generation to another is part of the educational mission of the Potomac Valley Fly Fishers.
To that end, we will be instituting a new mentor program for the coming year. Soon, we will be sending out an email to all members with the details and asking for volunteers to be a mentor to a beginning fly fisherman.
The program will be geared toward helping folks that have little or no experience in fly fishing. Volunteer mentors will provide customized instruction, both on and off the stream, in all areas of fly fishing and introduce them to club activities. The overall goal is to recruit more club members and produce capable, self-sufficient fly fisherman who will become long time club members and contribute to club activities.
Once the program is up and running, a person who needs a mentor will go to the PVFF website, read about the program, and submit a web form that asks a few questions about experience level, where and for what species they want to fish, what equipment they have, and some other basic information. Then they will be paired with a mentor that matches their needs. So if you ever thought that you have a good base of fly fishing knowledge that could be of use to a beginning fisherman, please consider volunteering to be a mentor. And if you are just starting out on your fly fishing journey, we hope to soon have a roster of club members willing to help.