Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Bristol Bay Fly Fishing and Guide Academy is cancelled. The 2021 Academy will be hosted at Last Cast Lodge in Igiugig.
A first year facilitator reflects on her time at the 11th Bristol Bay Fly Fishing and Guide Academy at Mission Lodge in Aleknagik.
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.
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.