BSA Fishing
Certified Angling Instructors


  • 18-Jul-2016 10:13 AM | Michael Brand

    Several years ago I was working with some folks associated with Missouri Clean Stream. They provided me the materials necessary to build a half a dozen of these PVC fishing line collection tubes that I placed at S-F Scout Ranch and the Lake of the Ozarks Scout Reservation here in Missouri.

    This past weekend, I discovered another CAI - Michael Scherer working on a similar projects in Texas.  We both agree that we should share with you the details of the program in an effort to prevent monofilament line from becoming the next invasive in your community.

    We both consider this Conservation Project appropriate for Scouts at all levels, and can be easily matched with their age and skill set.  For a complete click MONOFILAMENT Collection Tube Design_Ver 4.1_2016_TEXAS.PDF

    The project provides an excellent opportunity for youth leadership development, offering many challenges and will provide lasting impact in the community.  The shared vision includes; Venturers leading Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts leading Cub Scouts.

    The project also provides an excellent opportunity for the Scouts to build awareness of environment issues associated with Fishing, showcase youth Conservation Stewardship efforts, and demonstrate to the community that Scouts are answering the call to service. 

    This conservation project maybe a perfect project for a Scout that;

    • is working on MB requirements for Fish and Wildlife Mgmt. or others
    • is a Life Scout searching for meaninful, high impact Eagle Scout Project
    • is a Venturer working on the Ranger Award
    • an Order of the Arrow Lodge Service Chairman searching for a Winter Service Project Idea

    Think of the all the positive outcomes that become available if the Scouts built one of these and placed on the shores of your;

    •  Council Properties
    •  Community Lakes, Ponds, Rivers, and Streams
    •  Bait and Tackle Store Fronts

    Can we make a difference?  #DARETODO  

  • 27-May-2016 10:46 AM | Michael Brand

    Our friends at TFO asked that I provide to you an update regarding the success and challenges experienced with the Temple Fork Outfitters Scout Series Instructor Kit orders and deliveries.  

    TFO team has been doing their very best to keep up with demand. The response from CAIs to this offer has been quite positive.  In fact, it was so positive, CAIs orders outstripped the available inventory.  TFO has increased its production in an effort to catch up with CAI demand. TFO received 25 kits in May.  TFO is expecting 50 Kits in June, and 25 Kits in July.  

    Point of interest, several Scout camps, including Philmont Scout Ranch, and others requested rods kits for 2016 summer camp operations.  These high volume camp orders required higher priority than individual orders due to quantity of Scouts benefiting from the equipment.  As such Camps were shipped ahead of individual CAI orders.  We apologize for the delays, but we hope that you understand. 

    Regarding the actual equipment, CAI reviews are quite positive, rods have found to be perfect for anglers of all skill levels, provide smooth casting and and are very easy to load. The NXT LA reel has been found to be an excellent choice, especially the adjustable disc drag and easy right/left had conversion.  

    TFO has indicated that as rod kits are received from the manufacturer, they will continue to fill individual orders on a First In First Out basis.  That means that orders placed in March will be shipped ahead of orders placed in April.  

    On a similar note, several CAI preferred pricing items are shipped by our National Fishing Chairman Ben Jelsema.  You may not know that Ben is a volunteer and a one man operation. He and I both wanted you to know that his availability to ship orders will be restricted over the next 6 weeks due to CAI and family events.  

    In both cases, your patience is most appreciated and always remember a Scout is Courteous!

    Wishing you all the very best this holiday week-end, may you have tight lines and FISH ON!

    Michael Brand - Communications

  • 25-Apr-2016 12:08 PM | Michael Brand

    Congratulations to Michael Scherer on being awarded the  TP&W Angler Education Area Chief Platinum Award.


    Michael has  trained and certified over 200 people in less than 2 years.

    Many of the adults are Texas State Park employees, Boy and Cub Scout leaders, Teachers, and Community educators.


    He has enjoyed running over 161 fishing events over these last 2 years and looking at a full schedule ‘til the end of 2016.


    This is an amazing program for Texas, and one that helps teaches basic fishing and fly fishing. But is also helps us bring Fishing back to the families.



    (L) Greg Akins (TP&W Angler Education), Michael Scherer (VP Operations, Fishing’s Future), Karen Mark (TP&W Aquatic Education Manager)




  • 11-Mar-2016 8:19 AM | Michael Brand

    We serve many roles as a BSA Certified Angling Instructor.  One of our roles is to build awareness of the opportunities and the benefits achieved by a high quality fishing program offering at the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing Programs. We also try to build awareness of the opportunities and the benefits that can be provided by activities run at Unit, District, Council, and Regional Levels.  

    At the recent Fishing Task Force Meeting we discussed the following document titled: The Case for Boy Scouts Fishing Program.pdf

    We encourage you to share this piece with other Scouters within your Unit, District, Council, and Region.  By building awareness in others, of the opportunities and benefits achieved through a high quality fishing program, we should be provided increased program opportunities.  

    Increased program opportunities will lead to greater impact to Scouts and Scouters as together we strive to achieve the Aims of Scouting.  FISH ON!

    Michael R. Brand - Communications

  • 09-Mar-2016 4:36 PM | Michael Brand

    The BSA National Fishing Task Force,  had a very productive meeting this past week. Several important opportunities were identified.  At this time, I would like to share just one of those exciting opportunities. Others will be forth coming. 

    We have agreed to offer a CAI Course Director Conference. This Conference will be held at Philmont Training Center during Week #1 Session. 

    As this is a recent addition to PTC, the brochure developed does not include this new Conference offering.  In any event, the   Philmont Training Center 2016 Brochure  may prove helpful in providing you details for consideration.   For more specific Conference Registration details, please check with Philmont Training Center.

    Members of the Fishing Task Force believe the conference will be helpful to CAI Course Directors, both past and future.  

    If you are interested in attending the CAI Course Directors Conference, or know of some who should, please extend an invite.  All interested parties should contact Ben Jelsema.

    If your council is wanting to host a CAI Training Course, please invite their director choice to the Conference and if director choice is not yet a CAI  these Scouters should be encouraged to take a CAI course prior to attending the Conference.  

    If you have any questions please contact me, until we meet again, wishing you all Tight Lines and FISH ON!

    Ben Jelsema

    National BSA Outdoor Program Committee
    Chairman, BSA's National Fishing Committee
    Group Leader, Merit Badge Maintenance Task Force                            407 491-2906

  • 11-Feb-2016 10:48 AM | Michael Brand

    Good Morning!

    I have been asked to make sure the database of BSA Certified Angling Instructors is as up to date with regards to member profiles as quickly as possible.  As they say, many hands make light work.  As such, you are responsible for updating your personal Profile.  To assist you in your efforts please follow the instructions by clicking here: Profile Update Procedures.pdf

    Deadlines for this effort is February 28, 2016.  Your compliance is needed and appreciated.

    On behalf of  all the Scouts we serve, I thank you for your time and efforts.  Until we meet, wishing you tight lines and FISH ON!

    Michael Brand - Communications

  • 05-Feb-2016 11:07 AM | Michael Brand

    If you have not had the opportunity to review our CAI Staff Opportunities , I encourage you to do so today!  You can access the listing by clicking  CAI Staff Opportunities .


    When you access CAI Staff Opportunities  , this represents the CAI Training Course Offering as we know it that day!  


    This communication tool provides you quick reference for CAI Course offerings and information you may need to build awareness of upcoming CAI Training Courses in your area. You have the latest and most current information that is available.

    Additionally, this tool provides a efficient mechanism to communicate to us your desire to serve as staff on CAI Training Courses. To register your interest in serving as Staff on a upcoming CAI Course, please register your interest by registering for the individual event as listed. 


    This is very simple to do!  Find the event that interest you, click on it, Hit the Register button and follow the prompts.  It is just that easy.


    You will notice that the fee for this type of Staff Registration is free.  By registering on this site, you are registering your interest in Staffing the CAI Course. 


    If you are selected to serve as staff on a CAI Course, you will be contacted by event lead.  Individual Course Staff Registration Costs will be announced and payment instructions given.


    Any questions regarding a CAI Staff Opportunities should be directed to either your Area Lead  or Regional Fishing Chairman.  These folks are listed and can be found by following the links listed below. 

    Regional Fishing Chairman

    Central Region-Area Leads-Fishing

    Northeast Region-Area Leads-Fishing

    Southern Region-Area Leads-Fishing


    If you discover that you have no Area Lead in your specific Region, that means the position is currently UNFILLED.  I encourage you to consider if this is an opportunity for service may be right for you!  Please review the job duties.  To register your interest in service as a Area Fishing Lead please contact your Regional Fishing Chairman today!


    In closing, using your gifts and talents as a BSA Certified Angling Instructor, will provide a legacy to the Scouting Program.  Start building your legacy today!



    Michael Brand - Communications 

  • 01-Feb-2016 5:03 PM | Michael Brand

    As we continue to search for preferred pricing on equipment for your use as a BSA Certified Angling Instructor. Listed below are two more products offered at excellent prices.

    BSA Custom CAI Fly-Tying Kits

    Economical version with elegant wooden boxed tool kit.  Contains a classic vise with a lightweight base mounted to the box, Upgraded scissors, Midge Bobbin, Threader, Hackle Pliers and Bodkin.  (Without the whip finisher and the dubbing tool)

    BSA CAI Fly tying vice box (2).docx

    Backyard Bass makes learning to cast fun!  With a good cast a Scout can catch one of these fish and reel it in--just like real fishing.  Great for Pack and Troop Meetings, District Day Camps, Council Camps.

    Backyard Bass cub scouts flyer 2015-3 (2) (1).pdf

    Also, do not forget to see additional personal savings through the use of tax deductions

    Until we meet again, wishing you all Tight Lines and FISH ON!

    Michael Brand -Communications

  • 31-Jan-2016 8:04 PM | Michael Brand

    Fishing Season is just around the bend.

    As such,now is the time to promote our 2016 CAI Course Offerings

    Please help us cast the nets, as we try to strengthen the fishing instruction and programs at councils and camps across the country.

    Our success stories include;

    - Volunteers and Staff have improved Council Outdoor Programs through the use of intentional and meaningful Fishing programs.

    - Councils who have endorsed the CAI Program and are delivering great success with Scout Fishing Programs and its impact on Scout Recruitment and Retention.

    - Personal stories of learning new skills such as Fly Tying, Fly Fishing, and of course the joys of being an Angler Educator, and meeting new volunteers ready for service.

    For a listing of current planned BSA Certified Angling Instructor Courses,

    Please refer

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    Lets fill the nets, and Deliver the Promise. FISH ON!

    Michael Brand - Communications

  • 30-Jan-2016 11:26 AM | Michael Brand

    The following article was published on 

    Please take a moment to review.  This piece is great for use in building awareness of Fishing and Fish and Wildlife Management Programs in the BSA.

    I would like to also share the following on a fellow CAI - who recently completed his Eagle Scout Leadership Project.  NicMatteoni_EagleScout_PressRelease.docx  Make sure to drop a line to the Nick and his family at:

    If you have a similar story, we want to hear about it. Forward to articles to

    We encourage you to build awareness of these conservation projects.  They can support your local Scout Camps in very meaningful ways.  Your OA Lodge Members can always looking for ways to be of service.  This project can provide meaningful benefit for 50 plus years you your Council Camps.  

    For those of you who missed our news article last October please refer to:

    Thanks for casting lines!

    Michael Brand - Communications

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