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Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class for registration.  Remember there will be others checking in as well and depending on the size of the class and the event the class is being held in conjunction with that registration may take a little time.

You should bring a blue card filled out properly for this class. (Scoutmaster Bucky Online participants - you should have forwarded your Blue card to Scoutmaster Bucky prior to the class via email or postal mail Scoutmaster Bucky - 5724 Aldrich Avenue South  Minneapolis, Minnesota  55419.) If you are not familiar with how to fill out a blue card, you should familiarize yourself with Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card" document. Click here for Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card".  Remember it is a Scout's responsibility to take care of their own blue card from beginning to end.

Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn for attending this Merit Badge session.   If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will insure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities. The merit badge pamphlet is a wealth of information that can make earning a merit badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide directions as to where one can find the answers.  It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event.

You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky Fly-Fishing Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Fly-Fishing Merit Badge Workbook by clicking here.  If this link is not working please check the internet for other merit badge workbook options.

It should be noted that this merit badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this merit badge by being properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST.





Things to remember to bring for this Merit Badge Class:

1. Merit Badge Blue Card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster

2. Fly-Fishing Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

4. Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to this merit badge which may also include a Merit Badge Workbook for reference with notes

5. A positive Scouting focus and attitude

Following is an outline of the class to help you prepare.  Note that Scouts will be signed off only on those requirements that the Merit Badge Counselor determines meets the requirements; no more no less  This Merit Badge should not be expected to be earned without preparation and work


1. Do the following:

a. Explain to your counselor the most likely hazards you may encounter while participating in fly-fishing activities and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, and respond to these hazards. Name and explain five safety practices you should always follow while fly-fishing.

b. Discuss the prevention of and treatment for health concerns that could occur while fly-fishing, including cuts and scratches, puncture wounds, insect bites, hypothermia, dehydration, heat exhaustion, heatstroke, and sunburn.

c. Explain how to remove a hook that has lodged in your arm.

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to discuss and explain.  It is strongly recommended that Scouts bring any notes or supporting documents they may have to help show the counselor that they have prepared for discussion of these items.


2. Demonstrate how to match a fly rod, line, and leader to achieve a balanced system. Discuss several types of fly lines, and explain how and when each would be used. Review with your counselor how to care for this equipment.

Most, not all, of this requirement will be covered in the class.  The counselor will help instruct more in-depth understanding on this requirement to assist Scouts in attain the level of knowledge necessary to have the opportunity of completing this requirement.  It must be noted that Scouts coming to the class with out a basic knowledge to start from will NOT complete the requirement during the class.  The counselor's instruction and focus will be assisting Scouts that have come prepared with a working knowledge of the requirement and have prepared.  This is not to say that Scouts leaving the class will not have all the knowledge to complete the requirement, but the counselor will likely not sign off this requirement simply through instruction and regurgitation of same day information. Be Prepared


3. Demonstrate how to tie proper knots to prepare a fly rod for fishing:

a. Tie a backing to a fly reel spool using the arbor knot.

b. Attach backing to fly line using the nail knot.

c. Attach a leader to fly line using the needle knot, nail knot, or loop-to-loop connection.

d. Add a tippet to a leader using a loop-to-loop connection or blood knot.

e. Tie a fly onto the terminal end of the leader using the improved clinch knot.

Shown below are graphic instructions of how to tie some of the referenced knots in Requirement 3.  Scout's skills will be tested during the class to show that they are able to tie these knots as stated in the requirement.  Be sure to practice.  While there will be time to tie the knots in class, a Scouts that has not reviewed this requirement and how to tie these knots will find it very difficult to successfully complete this entire requirement during the class. Practice, practice, practice

3A - Practice the Arbor Knot 3B and 3C - Practice the Nail Knot
3C - Practice the Needle Knot 3C and 3D - Practice the Loop-to-Loop connection

3D - Practice the Blood Knot 3D - Practice the Improved Clinch Knot


4. Explain how and when each of the following types of flies is used: dry flies, wet flies, nymphs, streamers, bass bugs, poppers, and salt water flies. Tell what each one imitates. Tie at least two types of the flies mentioned in this requirement.

Scouts should prepare by researching the components and terms of this requirement so that they are able to actively participate in class explanation of the different types of flies, their characteristics and their uses.  Fly tying will be a part of the class.


5. Demonstrate the ability to cast a fly 30 feet consistently and accurately using both overhead and roll cast techniques.

This requirement will be covered in the class.


6. Go to a suitable fishing location and observe what fish may be eating both above and beneath the water surface. Explain the importance of matching the hatch.

This requirement will NOT be covered in the class. Scouts may bring observations, notes, photos, etc for discussion and consideration with the counselor for receiving credit for his requirement.  Scouts should also formulate an answer and, while not required, it is recommended that they write this explanation of the importance of matching the hatch down so the counselor may review this component of the requirement with the Scout at the same time.


7. Do the following:

a. Explain the importance of practicing Leave No Trace techniques. Discuss the positive effects of Leave No Trace on fly-fishing resources.

b. Discuss the meaning and importance of catch and release.  Describe how to properly release a fish safely to the water.

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to explain and discuss.  It is strongly recommended that Scouts bring any notes or supporting documents they may have to help show the counselor that they have prepared for explanation and discussion of these items.


8. Obtain and review a copy of the regulations affecting game fishing where you live or where you plan to fish. Explain why they were adopted and what is accomplished by following them.

Scouts should obtain and review a copy of the fishing regulations prior to the class (this can be done with your parent's permission by searching the internet and printing out the current year's regulations for the state you live in). This takes care of the "obtain" part of this requirement; which is only part of the requirement.  You must also review the regulations and be prepared to talk about them during the class.  Simply printing out the Regulations and bringing a copy to class will fulfill the expectations of this requirement.  Only Scouts that can satisfactorily explain from their review of the regulations will be considered for sign off on this requirement.


9. Discuss what good outdoor sportsmanlike behavior is and how it relates to anglers. Tell how the Outdoor Code of the Boy Scouts of America relates to a fishing enthusiast, including the aspects of littering, trespassing, courteous behavior, and obeying fishing regulations.

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to discuss.  It is strongly recommended that Scouts bring any notes or supporting documents they may have to help show the counselor that they have prepared for discussion of these items.


10. Catch at least one fish and identify it. If local fishing and health regulations allow, clean and cook a fish you have caught. Otherwise, acquire a fish and cook it

This requirement will NOT be covered in the class.  Scouts are able to bring proof of their fishing success that would qualify for this requirement for review during the class by the counselor.  Scouts should also bring solid proof of having caught or obtained a fish and cooking it for consideration by the counselor for sign off..


this page last reviewed and updated - December 2015