The educational format for the program begins with aquatic biology lessons followed by fly tying lessons. The fly patterns taught to the students are generally imitations of insects, bait fish and other food sources. These food sources vary by time of day, weather, water temperature and time of year. These aquatic life cycles teach young people about the fragility of their environment and about nurturing and protecting natural resources.
Students also learn the fine art of rod building from Jim Wilcox, an expert cane rod building, and John Straight, a rod builder and middle school music teacher.
The program meets every Monday at 7:00pm to 8:30pm in the Bob Steele Multi-Purpose Room 111 in the Natatorium (Swimming Pool Complex) at the State University of New York at Fredonia campus. Classes start in October and continue through to the beginning of June. All classes are free and available to children and community members in western New York.