The Angling merit badge was one of the original 57 merit badges issued by the Boy Scouts of America in 1911.
Angling merit badge requirements at discontinuation
- 1. Catch and identify at least one specimen from each of three local species of fish by usual angling methods (fly-casting, bait-casting, trolling, and bait-fishing). At least one species must be taken by fly-casting ot one by bait-casting.
- 2. Show proficiency and accuracy in fly-casting with the fly for distances of 30 or 40 feet, or in bait-casting for distances of 40, 60 and 70 feet.
- 3. Name and describe at least five standard fly patterns, or make a fly, spoon troll, plug or any other form of artificial bait lure and prove it worth by catching fish with it. Make a neat single-gut leader at least four feet long. Splice the broken joint of a rod or in some other way show proficiency in repairing broken tackle.
- 4. Give the open season for game fishes in his vicinity, and explain how and why they are protected by the law.
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