The NTC curriculum consists of a variety of instructional modules in four knowledge areas:
- ENVIRONMENT–Geology; Reading the Water (trout habitat, wading, approaching and handling fish); Water Quality (chemistry, physics, contaminants)
- OUTDOOR SKILLS–Spin, Bait, and Fly-casting; Knot-tying (leaders, terminal tackle, splicing); Spinner making; Fly tying; Foraging (wild foods, herbs, mushrooms, berries); Food Preparation (cleaning, canning, brewing, smoking, brining, cooking)
- FINE AND APPLIED ARTS–Painting; Outdoor Photography; Gyotaku (Japanese fish printing); Writing (poetry, journaling, literature, blogging)
- ECOLOGY–Trout Biology and stream ecology (life history, identification, interspecies relationships); Aquatic Invertebrates (insect and fish identification, matching the hatch, crayfish and scuds, worms, clams, and others)
The National Trout Center offers field trips by appointment for individuals, families, and groups to study hydrology, geology, water chemistry, water quality, trout habitat, and life history. Reference material, worksheets, sampling gear, and field equipment are provided by the National Trout Center. Instruction is geared to student grade levels.
CLINICS & WORKSHOPS
These are available on scheduled dates or by appointment with National Trout Center instructors. Sessions include reference material, demonstrations, oral and video instruction, hands-on casting with our tackle or yours, and internet links for after-class follow-up.
Trout Biology & Ecology Classes
Classes on Trout Biology, Water Sampling, Hydrology, Limnology, Geology, and Cold Water Ecology.
Custom Programs & Field Trips See an example from our Geology Bus Tours.
Guiding services provided by the National Trout Center will introduce fishers to the cold-water fishery resources of the area. Fishing trips may serve up to four fishers for half, or full-day excursions. Services are provided by National Trout Center guides or by referral to area outfitters and guide services.
Visitors at the Trout Center in downtown Preston can expect to find:
- Exhibits on trout & stream ecology
- Information on local stream & fishing conditions
- Printed stream maps
- Fishing literature
- Live trout & aquatic insects on display
- Outfitter information
- Information on tourist accommodations