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Fly Fishing Merit Badge Workbook
This Scoutmaster Bucky Merit Badge Workbook is based off the 2021 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).

Scout's Name:
Requirement 1: Do the following:
Requirement 1a: 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.
Requirement 1b: 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.
Requirement 1c: 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.
Requirement 3: Demonstrate how to tie proper knots to prepare a fly rod for fishing:
Requirement 3a: Tie backing to the arbor of a fly reel spool using an arbor knot.
Requirement 3b: Tie backing to the fly line using a nail knot.
Requirement 3c: Attach a leader to the fly line using a nail knot or a loop-to-loop connection.
Requirement 3d: Add a tippet to a leader using a surgeon's knot or a loop-to-loop connection.
Requirement 3e: 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 salt water flies. Tell what each one imitates. Tie at least two types of the flies mentioned in this requirement.
Requirement 5: Demonstrate the ability to cast a fly 30 feet consistently and accurately using both overhead and roll cast techniques.
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 7a: Explain the importance of practicing Leave No Trace techniques. Discuss the positive effects of Leave No Trace on fly-fishing resources.
Requirement 7b: Discuss the meaning and importance of catch and release. Describe 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 pan 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.
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.
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.)