The North Bay Chapter of Trout Unlimited sponsors two educational programs both of which focus on increasing environmental awareness among local youth and their parents. Trout in the Classroom provided the equipment and expertise required for approximately 1,650 students in 66 classrooms to raise trout from egg to fry and participate in their eventual release. First Cast introduced 150 young people to fishing through five events held last year. Please scroll down the page for details.

In 2012, we started up a new effort to take visually impaired veteran’s fishing and NBTU have hosted three outings at the Rockin’ H Ranch to get veterans some time on the water.

This year's First Cast event will be on Sunday, September 21st, at the Marin Civic Center Lagoon picnic area, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and is open to all youngsters ages 8-18. We'll need help at all 6 stations: Reading the Waters, Knot Tying, Gear & Rigging, Fly Tying, Fly Casting, and Spin Casting. To sign-up to assist in this very important educational program, or to register a youngster to participate, please contact Larry Lack at 415-307-5363 or

NBTU’s 12th annual First Cast outing was held at the Marin Civic Center Lagoon in San Rafael on September 29, 2013. The First Cast program represents one of the most successful youth introductory fly fishing programs in the nation. This year’s event had 112 participants, including 50 youths between 8-15 years of age. The young participants were divided into six groups and rotated through six stations.

Read more: First Cast

Our North Bay Chapter has been involved with the Trout in the Classroom program for over a decade. During that time we have assisted nearly 10,000 students and teachers become more acquainted with trout, salmon, and steelhead and how they live. An over-riding goal is to help develop a sense of stewardship for the fish, their watery habitat, and our environment as a whole.  We need your help!

Read more: Kids, Fish And The Environment


"When will the eggs arrive?"
"When will they hatch?"
"Can I take a fish home?"
"How do you tell if they are boy or girl fish?"  

These are some of the questions which were asked by students across Marin and in San Francisco.  The focus of their thinking is a natural part of Trout in the Classroom.  NBTU sponsored 75 classrooms which studied the many and varied aspects of trout and salmon and where and how they live.

Read more: Trout in the Classroom 2014

Saturday, December 8, saw nearly 35 teachers from Marin, Napa, Contra Costa, and Alameda Counties attend the annual area workshop for teachers new to Trout in the Classroom.
The seminar was supported by members of the Classroom Aquarium Education Project of the Department of Fish and Wildlife, representatives of the Marin Municipal Water District, coaches and sponsors from North Bay Chapter, Napa Valley Fly Fishers, Tri Valley Fly Fishers, Diablo Valley Fly Fishers, Mission Peak Fly Fishers, and Aquarium of the Bay, altogether about 48 people were in attendance. DFG plans the agenda and the various representatives and sponsors present topics or add information throughout the day.

Read more: Trout in the Classroom 2013


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