New Currents, Outdoors, officially titled Team NCO, by Soul River Runs Deep, LLC, is pleased to announce a collaboration with the Coast Guard Auxiliary to provide at-risk youth the opportunity to learn more about the Coast Guard Auxiliary USCGA, water safety and survival, maritime stewardship, and career opportunities.
Until now, New Currents, Outdoors (NCO) has primarily focused on exploration, conservation, and safety in freshwater, river environments. This exciting collaboration with the Coast Guard Auxiliary will allow us to reach out beyond the rivers and to the ocean. Participants in NCO programs learn to interact safely and comfortably in a water environment, effectively breaking an often generation-spanning fear of water. To combat this fear more effectively, USCGA will act as a leader, teaching basic cold-water survival techniques to youth in the program.
Coast Guard Auxiliary USCGA will also further offerings of education programs by teaching a class on ocean conservation and the growing impacts of plastic pollution in the ocean. NCO looks forward to merging an existing freshwater conservation effort with saltwater conservation education thus creating a well-rounded educational program.
This collaboration will involve learning about the professional duties, safety, equipment, and vessels, as well as providing the skills and experience to explore future career opportunities within the United States Coast Guard.
NCO is thrilled with this opportunity to work with the Coast Guard Auxiliary to provide valuable lessons and guidance to youth. By establishing an interest in conservation and leading into careers with the United States Coast Guard, NCO will help youth and veterans navigate to new waters with new opportunities.
New Currents, Outdoors, officially titled Team NCO, by Soul River Runs Deep, LLC, is pleased to announce a partnership with Boy Scouts of America’s Cascade Pacific Counsel to bring exciting new opportunities to the youth we serve. New Currents, Outdoors (NCO) has been established as an “exploring post”, a position with the Boy Scouts of America’s Cascade Pacific Counsel to provide experiences helping young people mature and prepare them to become responsible and caring adults, focusing on the meaning of interdependence in their personal relationships and communities.
Explorers will focus on five main areas of emphasis including life skills, leadership experience, character education, citizenship, and career opportunities. NCO’s involvement will focus on these areas of emphasis built off embracing nature and integrating and instructing the sport of fly fishing.
NCO will provide youth the opportunity to get outdoors and explore with an emphasis on career building in the realm of nature and fly fishing. NCO will introduce the skill sets necessary for leadership responsibility (i.e., career opportunities, citizenship, and character education) and survival by the way of river expeditions. Expeditions will vary with both day classes and overnight outings on a river base camp, with the opportunity to explore fly fishing, fly tying, conservation, backpacking, river navigation, rafting, and spark an interest in wildlife and natural sciences.
NCO is excited about this excellent opportunity to reach out even further to the community and provide valuable lessons and guidance to youth. By establishing an interest in conservation and river health will ensure a new generation of dedicated, passionate, river ambassadors who will meet the needs for future careers on the river.
“Eww, what is that? Oh, let me see!” These are a few of the things you hear from the innocent, young hearts exploring the outdoors. Searching for tiny life, getting dirty, asking question after question after question at 100 mph, only to see speechlessness and giggles transform into curiosity and investigation. You see in their faces a glow that resonates a young mind hooked on the experience, awe, and wonder.
On Saturday, February 22nd, New Currents, Outdoors (NCO) spent the day with our fellow partners on location at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge (TRNWR) in Sherwood, OR. Insightful and engaged volunteers from TRNWR and a handful of NCO supporters made up a team that encouraged investigation, fostered curiosity, and allowed unlimited exploration. We were all there to teach, to share, and to inspire new young minds about TRNWR and to explore what this incredible resource is all about.
We started our morning embarking on the trails to observe plant life and wildlife amongst the wildlife refuge, witnessing red tail hawks, bald eagles, and deer. We visited the ponds, which turned into a complete game changer for the young minds! The youth learned about invertebrates living in the pond water at the various levels. Realizing so many little living insects living, surviving, and reproducing at the different water levels helped solidify the concept of our role in conservation and beautifully intertwined a hands-on opportunity of a lifetime to engage with Mother Nature’s evolutionary cycle. This was truly where the “oohs”,“ahhs”, and “let me see” comments all started to come out! The opportunity to freely explore and engage with Mother Nature first-hand created an even stronger burning curiosity to the youth – with so much interest in what lies beneath the waters. Simply and organically amazing!
To top it off, we took this learning experience from the trails and the ponds to the classroom learning about conservation and fly fishing, including what the sport is all about and its lifestyle. At this point, their young minds were soaking it all up, and then we added a new dimension of challenge and individual art and expression– teaching the youth to tie a Wooly Bugger! Each child had their own vise and fly tying materials as we sat together and learned. The age range of youth was 7 years old to 17 years old and I am sure you can imagine the attention span on this one! But we did it! And they loved it! Every one learned not just the study of entomology on the ponds, but the application in how to tie an artificial insect that could possibly imitate one of the insects from the ponds. We learned how to use the right materials and tools to execute art on a hook, to imitate life, and to know and understand that fish eat more than just worms!
The young minds learned science, art, eye-hand coordination, and especially mental focus all wrapped into one day exploring the trails, investigating the ponds and incorporating everything together by tying a fly!
Sometimes, we get so caught up into our own world, complaining about so many things gone wrong, or feeling entitled. Don’t get me wrong, we all deserve the best! Each and every one of us! But, when we can stop for a minute and look at where we’re at in life is when we need to count our blessing and be thankful. There are youth in every neighborhood and community yearning for your attention, your time, your smile, your acknowledgement of their existence. As an adult, you have the opportunity to be a friend even if it is only for a few minutes. I look at myself today and then I look at myself as a wounded veteran of the U.S. Navy suffering from PTSD. When I then look at a young mind suffering silently from fatherlessness, lost family members, abusive parents, or drugs yet this young heart still smiles I can’t help but consider it a wake-up call and medicine to my soul to keep fighting the good fight and to never give up. Our youth need the guidance and the support and love. NCO teaches fly fishing – the art of fly fishing and the lifestyle, that it goes beyond the sport! Fly fishing is a way of living, a code we are guided by in life with rewarding delights around the corner, beyond every tree, around every river bend, past every street corner, and interwoven in every relationship. It is how we communicate and learn (or re-learn) to be conscious citizens as new ambassadors of our environment! I am proud to say that on Saturday, we taught, we explored, we learned, and we shared. But tomorrow we fish!
Front – Mikah, Nuradin, Delorean, Natalie, TreVon
Back – Robert Blake of NCO, Riley, Chad Brown of NCO, Niko, Tamarea, Wesley and Dominic NCO Volunteer
Thank you to all friends, supporters, volunteers who came out to make this extremely successful day an unforgettable experience and opportunity for our youth. This is where change begins.
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Location: GPS Cordinates – N 40˚ 42’ 51.67” W 74˚ 0’ 21.503”
There’s a place in the Pacific Northwest with rugged glaciers, capped mountains and three distinctly different ecosystems expanding a 60-mile range of wild forest. Within this wild forest wonderland, lays an old-growth temperate rain forest that incubates within. These diverse ecosystems are pristine in character and phenomena, about 95% is wilderness and this natural world presents a stunning, diverse environment of seasons from a fog-shrouded coast with booming surf and manicured beaches protruding into alpine country holding sparkling lakes, lush meadows and glaciers. The wilderness interior reveals itself through some of the most wild, beautiful, scenic rivers such as the Sol Duc, Hoh and Quinault. These resources provide anglers with a grand stage presence for spey fishing which is a mere glimpse of the Olympic Peninsula’s diversity.
Nestled in this amazing phenomenon of natural beauty sits a resource where steelheaders can replenish their flies and gear while delighting in cool conversation of fishing stories…and a few lies! This place reminds me of a dream or a children’s book illustrating a path through the woods revealing a little cottage nestled in a magical forest. The name even reflects the coolness of this business like a headline pulled out of a Tom Sawyer adventure – The Ho Hum Flyshop! I was very excited to see the Ho Hum Flyshop as we turned onto the road, since it was barely visible from the highway. I was impressed as we parked in front of this unique, nostalgic and very creative shop! Hell, this is true passion here and you can feel it! Talk about a steelehader’s lifestyle and guide business! I sat there in the car and was simply puzzled by its size. My first impression was, “Cool! This is freaking cool! Creative, out of the box thinking!” This was the ultimate example of how a shop presents itself in a unique location and storefront that will separate it from competitors. There may not be any competitors within a 25-mile radius, but the bottom line is that their position is unique and their service is classy. Ho Hum Flyshop is a place of its own even with customer service. They are professional and respectful with customers. Their creativity and innovation of space is unmatched elsewhere. Just as unique the fish we chase like ghosts in Mother Nature’s epic arena gives that shared experience, so does the unique Ho Hum Flyshop as it centers itself in reflection of what they are all about and what they truly love and are willing to share.
Even if you’re not an angler but you’re visiting the Olympic Peninsula, visiting this epic natural forest alone or taking the family camping in the magical rain forest, you should stop in and visit the Ho Hum Flyshop. More than likely you will come across two awesome folks who run the business there – Alyssa (who operates the retail and is also the artist of the Ho Hum Flyshop and pretty darn cool) and Neil (who is the guide and owner and provides an awesome service) filled with the oozing passion of a steelheader and with a rooted kindness of heart and soul whom is willing to share and guide you on the river. Alyssa ties some pretty freaking awesome creative flies for the local rivers that you can purchase. She has a cool style of sharing how to tie steelhead flies through her comic style guide page online if you decide to attempt to tie some steelhead flies. You will also find some of Neil’s flies he has tied as well as some of Trey Combs’ plate patterns! Hand tied is like Made in America! Totally diggin’ it! There is nothing like handmade cool creative flies to fish with! If you’re going to chase some chrome then give the respect back and chase with some locally-made, hand tied flies! A steelhead deserves that that right! Alyssa is always ready to answer your questions and you may run into Neil between his guiding.
Check ‘em out! Especially you spey anglers! The Olympic Peninsula is a spey haven, an awesome place to explore, hike and camp, all while standing in a centuries-old, unique rainforest. Hey, some of us just need to get off the grid to replenish our mind and soul. If that’s your case, I suggest you check out the Olympic Peninsula where you can do just that! While you’re there, say hello to Alyssa and Neil at the Ho Hum Flyshop!
Disclaimer: The Olympic Peninsula is a natural place to visit and enjoy and is open to all. When you enter this epic and amazing part of the Pacific Northwest as anglers, you’re an ambassador of the environment we fish. Leave it this way please.