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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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2017 Academy: A success!

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

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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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Day 2: knots, flies & casting 101

The second day of the Academy is when we get down to business. Here's a glimpse into this action-packed day.

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Day 1: What we knew, what we forgot, what we didn’t anticipate

As I type, Mission Lodge is buzzing. Forks are clanking, students are laughing. Someone just asked, "where are you from again?"(New Stuyahok, he answered). It smells like pizza, and I'm slurping down a Coke knowing we have a night of activities ahead - and the long days of June in Alaska will allow for them.

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Small creeks spawn big memories

We loaded the float plane shortly after 8:00 am. Sharolynn and David, two students from the Bristol Bay River Academy, were scheduled to spend for the entire day with myself and a guide fishing a small creek deep in the heart of Katmai National Park.

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