We had a record number of applicants for this years' Academy. Each of the last few seasons we've seen more and more Bristol Bay young people apply for the program and with that, the coordinators are both thrilled with the incoming class and disappointed to have to turn away so many qualified applicants!
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early all the students had caught at least one fish and were exchanging ideas on what flies worked, or didn't; joking on how important the knots were to landing the fish; sharing with their peers where they found the willing fish and of course, embellishing things just a little bit...(they are after all fish stories).
Our students learn professional development, fly fishing, river ecology, conservation, leadership & guiding skills at NO cost to the student. Please consider donating or spread the work about this campaign to make the Academy possible again in 2015. Thank you!
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In its 6th year, the Bristol Bay River & Guide Academy is the only local training opportunity available for Bristol Bay young people interested in pursuing jobs in the recreation and tourism industry.
The week-long river-side course will teach you the basics of fly-fishing, river etiquette, conservation and fisheries management with local biologists. You’ll also learn what it takes to be a guide and at the end of the Academy successful applicants are well on their way to securing jobs in Bristol Bay’s lucrative sport fishing industry. Through field trips and special guests you’ll learn techniques on sharing stories about life in Bristol Bay with people from all over the world.
We hope you can join us this August!
What: Bristol Bay River & Guide Academy
When: August 12-18th, 2014
Where: Red Quill Lodge in Iliamna
How to Apply: Fill out this application (Flyer_BBRA.2014) and return it to nwilliams @ tu [dot] org or by mail to 3105 Lakeshore Drive #102B Anchorage, AK 99517 by July 1st.
This program is open to Bristol Bay residents or BBNC shareholders between the ages of 15-24.
We would like to officially congratulate this year’s students! Thanks to all of the supporters, volunteers, pilots, guides and our host Mission Lodge for the great week.
Check out this great video of what the Bristol Bay River Academy is all about!