Montana Wild will host family friendly events throughout fishing week July 9 through 12. The education center in Helena will hold activities and tutorials including a fly fishing workshop for beginners, how to make your own lure and how to prepare a fish for dinner.
The events are free but due to limited space registration is required. Contact Montana WILD at 406-444-9944 for more information or to register.
The complete itinerary via Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks:
Monday, July 9
2 to 3 p.m.
Participants will learn the Japanese art form of Gyotaku — making fish prints on paper and fabric. Bring your own blank T-shirt or pillow case to print on.
Participants must be at least 8 years old. Class size limited to 16.
- Family Fish Night – Montana Wild
7 to 8:30 p.m.
After a short, educational program on how and where to fish in the lake, instructors will be on hand with simple fishing tackle and bait to assist anglers. No license needed for this event.
No minimum age, but younger children need an adult present. Class size limited to 20.
Tuesday, July 10
- Story Time for Preschoolers
2 to 3 p.m.
Read a book, sing a song, and learn all about Montana’s incredible fish.
No minimum age. No class-size limit.
- Family Fish Night – Park Lake
6 to 8 p.m.
Instructors will be on hand with bait and simple fishing tackle to assist anglers, although there will not be a formal instructional program. No license needed for this event.
No minimum age limit, but younger children need an adult present. No class-size limit, but there will be enough tackle for 24 anglers.
Wednesday, July 11
- Make Your Own Fishing Lure
Noon to 1 p.m.
Participants will paint a lead-head jig with powder paint and a heat gun, then add feathers to create a unique fishing lure.
Participants must be at least 8 years old. Class size limited to 20.
6 to 8 p.m.
Participants will learn the basic skills of fly fishing, including casting, knots, fly selection, equipment and fly tying.
Participants must be at least 12 years old. Class size limited to 18.
Thursday, July 12
6:30 to 7:30 pm
This class will cover basic skills of how to handle a fish, how to clean and fillet fish, and simple methods to cook your catch.
Suited for ages 12 and older, but younger children can attend if accompanied by an adult.
Class size limited to 20.
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