Fishy business: Kids learn the trade

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— Catching the trout of the century takes more than a line and a lure.

It takes technique and skill -- if it didn't, fishing would be called catching, said Kathy Foster, a Routt National Forest fisheries biologist.

Saturday's South Routt Kid's Fishing Day will focus on teaching fishing methods, fish identification and locating fish habitat to children in hopes of preparing them for a successful day of fishing.

"Our hope is that we'll give them enough information to help them actually catch a fish," she said.

Saturday's event isn't about competition, Foster said. In----stead, the U.S. Forest Service and Colorado Division of Wildlife hope the day gives children insight into wildlife conservation and how to fish respectfully.

"It's important our youth know that we can certainly enjoy our environment without impacting it. We have to recognize that we have to preserve our lands for the fish, the aquatic bugs, the birds, everything," she said. "We're all connected in this landscape."

Foster said Saturday's activities will include several informational booths that will include a 10- to 15-minute presentation, a free fishing pole for participants and free fishing.

Participants younger than 16 are not required to have a fishing permit, although all bag and possession limits will apply, Foster said.

Foster said youths from across Routt County are encouraged to attend the event with their families.

"We want people to come out for the day, bring a picnic and enjoy our national forest and fishing resources," she said.

-- To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234

or e-mail adelacruz@steamboatpilot.com

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