Friends of the Rouge partnered again with Trout Unlimited on a second session of STREAM Keepers, a program to engage middle schoolers in science and recreation through fly-fishing-related activities. This year, over 20-day campers from the city of Westland met at Goudy Park in the city of Wayne.
FOTR staff and UM student Olivia Williams helped the kids into waders and taught them how to sample for bugs and fish. Trout Unlimited taught them how to tie a “wooly bugger” and cast a flyrod to catch green foam fish in the grass. Most of the kids had never worn waders before, walked in a river, tied a fly, or casted for fish. Spending a day getting to know a river firsthand and having fun recreating there will have a lasting impact on the next generation.