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Fly Fishing Merit Badge Workbook
This Scoutmaster Bucky Merit Badge Workbook is based off the current Scouts BSA Requirements.
Type your work on this page or download the Fly Fishing Workbook PDF.

Consider also using the Fly Fishing merit badge class preparation page for clarification and expections when participating in a Scoutmaster Bucky merit badge opportunity (online or in-person).

https://scoutmasterbucky.com/merit-badges/fly-fishing/

Scout's Name:
Requirement 1: Do the following:
Requirement 1 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.
Most likely hazards
Anticipate hazards
Prevent hazards
Mitigate hazards
Respond to hazards
Five safety practices
Requirement 1 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.
Cuts and scratches
Puncture wounds
Insect bites
Hypothermia
Dehydration
Heat exhaustion
Heatstroke
Sunburn
Requirement 1 c: Explain how to remove a hook that has lodged in your arm.
Requirement 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.
How to match a fly rod, line, and leader
Several types of fly lines and when each would be used
How to care for this equipment
Requirement 3: Demonstrate how to tie proper knots to prepare a fly rod for fishing:
a. Tie backing to the arbor of a fly reel spool using an arbor knot.
b. Tie backing to the fly line using a nail knot.
c. Attach a leader to the fly line using a nail knot or a loop-to-loop connection.
d. Add a tippet to a leader using a surgeon’s knot or a loop-to-loop connection.
e. Tie a fly onto the terminal end of the leader using an improved clinch knot.
Requirement 4: Explain how and when each of the following types of flies is used: dry flies, wet flies, nymphs, streamers, bass bugs, poppers, and saltwater flies. Tell what each one imitates. Tie at least two types of the flies mentioned in this requirement.
Dry flies
When they are used
What it imitates
Tied this type of fly
Wet flies
When they are used
What it imitates
Tied this type of fly
Nymphs
When they are used
What it imitates
Tied this type of fly
Streamers
When they are used
What it imitates
Tied this type of fly
Bass bugs
When they are used
What it imitates
Tied this type of fly
Poppers
When they are used
What it imitates
Tied this type of fly
Saltwater flies
When they are used
What it imitates
Tied this type of fly
Requirement 5: Demonstrate the ability to cast a fly 30 feet consistently and accurately using both overhead and roll cast techniques.
Overhead cast
Roll cast
Requirement 6: Go to a suitable fishing location and observe what fish may be eating both above and beneath the water’s surface. Explain the importance of matching the hatch.
Requirement 7: Do the following:
Requirement 7 a: Explain the importance of practicing Leave No Trace techniques. Discuss the positive effects of Leave No Trace on fly-fishing resources.
Importance of practicing Leave No Trace techniques
Positive effects of Leave No Trace
Requirement 7 b: Discuss the meaning and importance of catch and release. Describe how to properly release a fish safely to the water.
Meaning and importance of catch and release
How to properly release a fish safely to the water
Requirement 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.
Requirement 9: Discuss what good 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, “catch and release,” and obeying fishing regulations.
What good sportsmanlike behavior is and how it relates to anglers
How the Outdoor Code of the Boy Scouts of America relates to a fishing enthusiast
Requirement 10: Catch at least one fish using a fly rod and a fly. Identify it and quickly release it live back into the water. Discuss this experience with your counselor.
Completed
Type of fish
Requirement 11: If regulations and health concerns permit, clean and cook a fish you have caught. If you are unable to catch a fish for eating, acquire a fish, clean the fish you acquired, and cook the fish you acquired. (It is not required that you eat the fish.)
Completed