Teach Fishing

Learn how to teach fishing basics to youth and adults in your community. Take a free, fun, hands-on instructor training workshop (4-6 hours). Check our Calendar for Angler Education Instructor Workshops in your area.

TPWD Area Chief group photo 2013

Angler Education Program Provides

  • A curriculum that is hands-on and fun for participants
  • FREE educational materials, certificates and fish pins
  • Loaner equipment where available 

For more information see our brochure.

Who Uses Angler Education?

  • Teachers (activities are correlated to the TEKS for P.E., Science and Social Studies; teachers earn SBEC credit)
  • Scout Leaders and other youth group leaders
  • Parks and recreation department staff
  • Fishing club members
  • Churches and local community groups
  • After-school and summer camp staff
  • Homeschoolers

What We Teach

Angler Education Programs for Youth and Adults

All classes are taught using fun, hands-on activities.

Basic Fishing classes introduce participants to: equipment, knot tying and tackle assembly; casting and fishing skills; fish ID and habitats; regulations and ethics; and safety and stewardship. 

Advanced Fishing classes provide more advanced experiences in both fresh and saltwater fishing, as well as information about both fresh and saltwater aquatic environments.

Basic Flyfishing is an introduction to fly fishing for youth (ages 10 and up) and adults to become familiar with: fly rods and reels; tackle assembly; flies and fly tying; proper casting techniques; aquatic habitats; regulations and ethics; safety and stewardship.

Intermediate Flyfishing provides additional knowledge and skills required to begin flyfishing. Youth (ages 10 and up) and adults learn to: identify fish and fish habitats, tie fly fishing knots and flies, understand fishing regulations, properly handle fish and cast safely.

Workshops

Check our Calendar for Angler Education Instructor Workshops in your area or contact us by email at education@tpwd.state.tx.us

Volunteer Spotlight

Why did you become a volunteer for TPWD’s Angler Education Program?  

I enjoy the outdoors and love teaching children skills to make them love the sport of fishing.  From my experience, I see that many children have few opportunities to learn how to fish and when parents get involved in the learning children find it more meaningful for them.

~ Irma R., San Benito, TX

I love fishing and other outdoor activities (hunting, camping, outdoor cooking, etc.) and had a wild idea about mentoring youngsters when I was teaching. I taught a leadership class called PALS (Peer Assistance & Leadership Skills) and thought they could learn some outdoor skills then teach and share with the 4th graders they mentored in other ways. We began taking the kids fishing and camping. We taught them to fish, camp, cook, hike, watch birds, identify plants and animals as well as other things outdoors. Fishing was my first love and where I have put the most effort.

~Larry C., Abilene, TX

I became a volunteer to be able to work with kids, and teach about fishing and outdoor activities, as well as stewardship of our lakes, rivers, and streams. Most importantly, I volunteer to pass on the passion of fishing that was instilled in me as a child, and promote family unity with outdoor activities.

~Rodd G., El Paso, TX

Year in Review

Angler Education 

Sept 1, 2013 - Aug 31, 2014

 

Classes, workshops and events

    644

Youth attendees

39,216

Adult attendees

22,989

Volunteer hours

19,737

New instructors trained

    482


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