Youth Education Report

by Greg Kucharewski
(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association January 2018 Newsletter)

During December the JCAA Youth Education Committee assisted NJ HOFNOD Boating Education and Rescue Leaders Mike and Debbie Bennett with a fly tying presentation for their youth fishing group at Ocean County Park. Youngsters learned how to tie a saltwater fly using a variety of synthetic and natural fibers.

NJ HOFNOD, Team BEE (Byram Environmental Education), is looking for fly tying volunteers for a NJ HOFNOD school program. Dates are Mondays 3:40 to 4:30 1/29 and 2/26. They have about 30 students and would like more volunteer participation to assist students tying saltwater and freshwater flies. Contact: Betty Saar & Melissa Randall, Byram Township Intermediate School, 12 Mansfield Dr, Stanhope, NJ 07874, (973) 347-1019

NJ HOFNOD leader training “Crash Course” will be held Friday, January 26th at the Hackettstown Fish Hatchery. Please contact Liz Jackson for registration information.

New Jersey DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife’s NJ Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs (HOFNOD) training sessions will start again in 2018. Please check their website and stop by their booth at upcoming outdoor shows to learn how you can become a certified NJ HOFNOD instructor.

The Jersey Coast Anglers Association will provide training funds for upcoming NJ HOFNOD workshops. You must be a member of JCAA to receive training funds. To receive an application from the JCAA Youth Education Committee, email:

NJ HOFNOD is coordinated by Liz Jackson, HOFNOD Coordinator DEP Fish & Wildlife. Please contact Liz to learn more about the benefits of becoming a NJ HOFNOD instructor, 908-637-4125 x122 or e-mail at

HRFA 2017 Promotion of Youth Fishing Programs

Members of the Hudson River Fishermen’s Association were extremely busy during 2017 promoting a total of 19 youth and family fishing programs.

HRFA first Catfish Chaos event
HRFA first Catfish Chaos event was a huge success.
“Play Hook-e”

During October, we launched our “PLAY HOOK-e” magnet fundraising campaign to support veteran fishing programs and we thank the following merchants for supporting our veterans: Betty & Nicks Bait and Tackle, Brielle Bait and Tackle, Dunkin Donuts Point Pleasant, Gabriel Bait and Tackle, Grumpy's Bait and Tackle, Jersey Hooker Outfitters, Jay’s News Stand, Norma K III, Reel Seat Bait and Tackle, River Rock Restaurant and Teddy Bears By the Seashore. Please remember to support local business/tackle shops, they support us. It pays to shop local, that’s how we stay strong at the shore.

Throughout the year we spoke about NJ HOFNOD, youth and veteran fishing programs to the following organizations and we thank them for all their support: Brick Rotary, Sandy Hook Bay Anglers, Jersey Shore Surfcasters, American Legion Post 346 Women’s Auxiliary, Monmouth Jet Center, Bear Education and Rescue, and Point Pleasant Elk’s Lodge. We also presented at Manasquan Fishing Club and at the 2017 Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Annual Conference.

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Jersey Shore Chapter offers all Veterans with disabilities an opportunity to participate in and learn all facets of fly fishing. Meetings are held monthly and include presentations by fly fishing experts, fly tying sessions and fishing excursions to local waters. During the winter PHWFF Jersey Shore Chapter will meet on the first Sunday of each month, 10:00 – 1200 Noon at VFW POST 2226, 212 Norwood Ave, (Hwy 71) Oakhurst, NJ. January 27, 2018, they will travel to the Edison Fly Fishing Show.. Email Raoul for details about attending.

For information about the Jersey Shore Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing contact Raoul Cordeaux at

Harold Eckett and Laslo Hasko
Harold Eckett - NJ Salt Water Flies teaches veteran Laslo Hasko about tying a clouser minnow fly.
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