Fly Fishing Merit Badge
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 will not be allowed to participate if you have not provided your signed blue card prior to the class - 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 direction 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. Please note that the use of any workbook is merely for note taking and reference and completion of any Merit Badge workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scouts completion of any merit badge requirement(s). 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 
Fly Fishing Merit Badge Current Requirements
Scoutmaster Bucky's - Fly Fishing Merit Badge Workbook
Fly Fishing Merit Badge and Merit Badge History Page

Fly Fishing Merit Badge 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


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, demonstrate, explain, and name as necessary their first aid knowledge and proficiency as it applies to this merit badge.


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 without 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 a 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

Scouts should practice and be knowledgeable in the manner to which each of these knots are tied.  While some class time will be allotted to going over these knots, only those Scouts demonstrating their ability to tie each knot will be signed off on those knots that they respectively are able to tie.  Below are each of these knots to reference and practice. Scouts should also be prepared to share their knowledge of when and how each knot should be used.









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.

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's 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 are highly encouraged to work on this requirement prior to the class.  While time will be allotted in the class to covering the principles of Leave No Trace and catch and release, it will be structured more as a review of these principles rather than an introduction.  Scouts will likely find it easier to prepare ahead of time by making notes they can reference during the class discussion.  Scouts not coming to the class with preparation work in the way of at least having a base knowledge of the components of this requirement will find it nearly impossible to finish this requirement on the day of the class.


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 perform a simple internet search (with your parent's permission) to find the fishing regulations applicable to your state and local area.  Scouts may also obtain this information from other sources.  Bring a copy of your findings to class to aid you in the discussion and review of this requirement.  Scouts showing up without any information will be assumed to not have researched this requirement completely nad will NOT be signed off on the requirement.  The merit badge counselor MAY have some of this information, but Scouts should not rely on this and in no way is it implied that the counselor will provide this information, it is the Scout's responsibility to obtain the required information for 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, "catch and release," and obeying fishing regulations.

Scouts should prepare prior to the class their thoughts and findings for each aspect of this requirement.  It is highly recommended that Scouts consider making notes that they may reference when explaining their findings during the class. Be prepared.


10. Catch at least one fish and identify 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.  Only Scouts that are able to satisfy the counselor of having successfully caught a fish through the fly-fishing method will be considered for sign off.


11. If regulations and health concerns permit, clean and cook a fish you have caught. Otherwise, acquire a fish and cook it. (You do not need to eat your fish.)

This requirement will NOT be covered in the class.  Scouts may bring proof of cooking the fish they caught, or purchased, for review and consideration by the merit badge counselor at the class.  It's recommended to bring photos of the cooking process however it is not necessary to personally consume the fish as the requirement states.

this page last reviewed / updated: April 2019