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Notes from a first-year instructor and student at the Bristol Bay Fly Fishing and Guide Academy

A first year facilitator reflects on her time at the 11th Bristol Bay Fly Fishing and Guide Academy at Mission Lodge in Aleknagik.

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Hooked: Inspiring Youth, Creating Opportunity

“Hooked: Inspiring Youth, Creating Opportunity” allows you to hear from founders, instructors and graduates following the 10th Bristol Bay Fly Fishing and Guide Academy.

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10-Year Anniversary Art Contest!

We are looking for a new visual identity and we need your help. We are seeking former students, anglers, and community members who can design a creative, innovative and lasting logo design.

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2017 Academy: A success!

A second-year student, Logan Ball, sent us the following story from the 2017 Academy:

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Grads: ready for the next step?

Graduates, if you are serious about pursuing Guiding in Bristol Bay and will be at least 17 years old by June 2017, then email Jenny to get your Advanced Academy application today.

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2017 application period is OPEN

Tell your neighbors, tell your friends! We are now accepting applications for the 2017 Bristol Bay Fly Fishing and Guide Academy. This year, we'll be in Kokhanok at Intricate Bay Lodge from June 4-11, 2017.

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Client day 2016!

Client Day of the Bristol Bay Fly Fishing and Guide Academy is here. Today, the local youth of this rural region of Southwest Alaska will show off the new skills they’ve learned throughout the week. This year, we’re at Mission Lodge on Lake Aleknagik in the heart of Bristol Bay’s world-class salmon country.

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Day 5: Practicing for client day

Sunny weather beckoning, three float planes lined up at the dock, shore lunches packed and new Orvis gear donned, the group was more than ready for another big day on the water. The students were told that today was their last big trip before they'd guide their client. Given this, they set to work (and play too, let's be honest) ensuring they are ready to show their clients how to bring in a fish safely and while having lots of fun on Client Day.

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Day 4: Making experts

It was fairly hard to break the news to our group that we didn't get to go fishing on Day 4. The boats were tied up with other things and mostly, we had lots of really important stuff to go over with the group.

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Day 3: Gone fishin’

Historically, day three of the Academy is when the students come alive. They've gotten to know everyone's names, they've got the basics of fly fishing down, they're not shy around the instructors and after many hours in the classroom, they are SO ready to get out on the water.

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