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National Fishing in the Schools Program (NFSP)

NFSP LogoThe National Fishing in the Schools Program is a nationwide, in school program, that teaches the positive lifetime activity of fishing to students in grades 6-12. NFSP teaches students how to cast a fly rod in the school gym while they also learn about fish, insects, aquatic resources, resource stewardship and conservation.

NFSP works in cooperation with state education and fish and wildlife agencies and a network of groups interested in teaching our youth how to fly fish in schools.

The NFSP's curriculum, "Cast A Fly...Catch A Student", was specifically created to address a broad and inclusive framework of National Academic Standards. The foundation course is designed to be taught over 10 days and meets 4 such standards: Language Arts, Physical Education, Science and Technology.

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Program Objectives

Teach young people how to fly fish with a comprehensive yet easy-to-learn "in school" program.

  • Impress the importance of stewardship and conservation for our natural resources.
  • Expose students to a lifetime outdoor skill that is neither gender specific, nor restricted to entry by ethnicity or physical ability.
  • Introduce an outdoor activity as an “in school” program, to both male and female, providing a foundation that leads to outdoor participation.
  • Excite students to learn more about flyfishing so they gain additional knowledge and skills in the Fly Fishingbroader areas of:
    • Being outdoors
    • Going fishing
    • Aquatic entomology
    • Conservation and resource protection
    • “Leave no trace” ethics
    • Freshwater ecology
    • Wildlife biology
    • Tying knots
    • Tying flies
  • Improve student values/performance in the areas of:
    • Grades
    • Self esteem
    • Self confidence
    • Patience
    • “Stick-to-it-tiveness”
    • Motivation
    • Interpersonal relations
    • Behavior
    • Concentration and focus
  • Student knowledge and skill gain is assessed at the conclusion of each unit by the teacher via an objective measurement, both written and practical, of each student’s individual flycasting ability and understanding in the areas of:
    • Casting accuracy, distance and knowledge of casting principles
    • Fish species, food sources, flies used to imitate, for both fresh and saltwater
    • Conservation/environment/resource ethics
    • Outdoor fly fishing tactics
    • Assimilation of the results of these ongoing assessments results in teacher-driven improvements to the national program.

For More Information

For more information about the National Fishing in the Schools Programs or how to become involved, please contact Don Crawford at (615) 781-6542 or don.crawford@tn.gov.