Resources & References: FISHING

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Fish and Wildlife Management, Fishing, Fly-Fishing, and Sustainability merit badge pamphlets
Bashline, Sylvia. The New Cleaning & Cooking Fish. Creative Publishing International, 1999.
Capossela, Jim. Ice Fishing: A Complete Guide, Basic to Advanced. Countryman, 1992.
Circle, Homer. Bass Wisdom. The Lyons Press, 2000.
Earnhardt, Tom, and Thomas Earnhardt. Boats for Fishermen. Globe Pequot Press, 2001.
Fichter, George, and Phil Francis. Fishing: A Guide to Fresh- and Salt-Water Fishing. St. Martin’s Press, 2001.
Schultz, Ken. Essentials of Fishing: The Only Guide You Need to Catch Freshwater and Saltwater Fish, 2nd ed. Wiley, 2009.
Sousa, Robert J. Learn to Fly-Fish in 24 Hours. McGraw Hill, 2006.
The 24 Greatest Flies You Don’t Leave Home Without. Husking Bee Books, 2010.
Wilson, Geoff. Complete Book of Fishing Knots and Rigs, with DVD. Australian Fishing Network, 2011.

BSA Fishing Programs
BSA Fishing – Certified Anglers Instruction
American Fisheries Society
Federation of Fly Fishers
Fishing Knots by Grog
International Game Fish Association
Trout Unlimited
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The Federation of Fly Fishers, International Game Fish Association, and Trout Unlimited have each signed a memorandum of mutual support with the Boy Scouts of America that emphasizes an ongoing relationship to promote mutually beneficial programs such as the Fly-Fishing and Fishing merit badges.

LaFontaine, Gary, and Dick Sharon. Successful Fly Fishing Strategies. 100 minutes. Miracle Productions, 2002.
Wulff, Joan. Joan Wulff’s Dynamics of Fly Casting: From Solid Basics to Advanced Techniques. 90 minutes. Miracle Productions, 2001.
Young, David, and Cheryl Young. Fly Fishing: The Lifetime Sport. 240 minutes. Brigham Distributing, 2005.

Related Program Features
Camping, Nature and Environment, and Outdoor Ethics

Video, Photo and Illustration Credits
(yellow perch, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Duane Raver, courtesy; young fisherman, Virgil Pearce, courtesy; bobbers, BSA/Dan Bryant;, courtesy: creel, ©VVO; tackle box, ©Kateryna Dyellalova) (BSA file) (all knot illustrations, BSA/John McDearmon) (, courtesy: toy fish, ©Vladyslav Danilin; red-tail fishing lure, ©Igors Rusakovs; striped fishing lure, ©MeePoohyaPhoto; fly-fishing fly, ©schnoz); Surf Fishing Photo, courtesy Jonathan Canfield and National Recreation Trails; Video Segments courtesy of Gabriel VanDreel

We are grateful to Ben Jelsema, Clermont, Florida, BSA Fishing Task Force chairman, who helped develop the Fishing program feature.

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