Conservation & Fly Fishing Academy
Class of 2009 Northwest Youth Conservation
& Fly-fishing Academy
NORTHWEST YOUTH CONSERVATION & FLY
Applications are now being
accepted from youths, ages 12 to 16, for the annual
Northwest Youth Conservation and Fly Fishing Academy. The Academy is
located on Hicks Lake at the Gwinwood Conference Center in Lacey,
Washington and will be held during the last full week of June. Its purpose is to educate youth about the importance of
conservation and natural resource stewardship. The Academy is sponsored
by the Trout Unlimited Chapters of Washington and the Washington State
Federation of Fly Fishers. It is hosted by the
Olympia Chapter of Trout Unlimited, the South Sound Fly Fishers and
Puget Sound Fly Fishers.
The Academy is co-educational
and is limited to 24 youths. Youths having an interest in the outdoors,
conservation, and fly fishing, are encouraged to apply. Acceptance to
the Academy is based upon a written essay indicating an applicant's
desire to attend and what she/he hopes to learn from it. Candidates
need not be experienced anglers. A limited number of scholarships are
available through Trout Unlimited chapters. Applicants desiring
scholarship information are encouraged to contact a chapter president
within their locale.
The Academy's curriculum is
designed to provide students with a background in fundamental science
and includes classes on ecology, hydrology, aquatic entomology,
invasive species, watersheds, wildlife enforcement, and trout behavior.
Each day also includes instruction for developing or improving the
students' fly fishing skills including fly casting, fly tying, fly
selection, streamside ethics and etiquette, knot tying, reading water,
and water safety. Faculty and staff include wildlife resource
professionals, noted northwest fly fishing and fly tying professionals
and enthusiasts and Trout Unlimited volunteers.
Applications are accepted from January 1 to April 15. Cost, including meals and lodging, is $300. Fly
fishing rods, reels, and fly tying equipment will be made
For more information, visit
For application or further information, send an e-mail to:
Clancy (360) 753-1259 or (253) 278-0061
Brosio (360) 943-9947
Tom Van Gelder (253) 261-6129.