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June, 2019: In Southwest Alaska, a lot of good ideas start in a steam bath or maqii, an Alaska Native version of the sauna — small wooden buildings with stoves inside, stoked with driftwood, where friends and family sit together and let the heat cleanse their bodies and souls.
March, 2019: The Bristol Bay Fly Fishing & Guide Academy hopes to educate, engage and inspire Bristol Bay young adults to become local leaders in river stewardship and prepare them for jobs based on healthy fish in their home rivers. The videos capture the diverse and colorful lifestyles of everyday Alaskans at work and at play.
June, 2018: It’s the tenth anniversary of the Bristol Bay Fly Fishing and Guide Academy. This week-long course brings youth from around the region to teach them the skills they’d need to get a job in the sports fishing industry, which is dominated by guides from the lower 48.
July, 2017: Reuben Hastings, Kvichak Aspelund, and Riley Lyon are three of more than a dozen graduates of the Bristol Bay Fly Fishing & Guide Academy working in the industry this summer.
June, 2016: Young anglers are gathered at Mission Lodge in Aleknagik this week for the 8th annual Bristol Bay Fly Fishing and Guide Academy. Thirteen students are attending this year’s course, including Aubrey Romo of Aleknagik.
June 2016: A dozen young people spent this week at the 8th Annual Bristol Bay River Guide Academy, hosted this year by BBNC’s Mission Lodge in Aleknagik. The 14-through-24-year-olds learned the ins-and-outs of the fly fishing industry – everything from boat safety and biology, to fly-tying and customer service.
May, 2016: As it has for the past seven years, the Bristol Bay Fly Fishing and Guide Academy will host 15 Bristol Bay area youth next month, aiming to give them skills and knowledge that could translate into a career as a sport fishing guide in their backyard.
June 2015: ANCHORAGE – Young adults from around Bristol Bay are learning how to become fishing guides in their own backyard.
August, 2014: This summer, 13 teenage and young adult students came together at Red Quill Lodge on the shores of Lake Iliamna for a specific purpose. They were there for the Bristol Bay River Academy where they all spent a busy, action-filled week fly fishing and learning how to guide visitors to do the same.
Autumn, 2014: An Alaskan fishing academy could be a model for all angling communities.
August 27, 2014: Thirteen new graduates are ready to guide visitors along Bristol Bay’s rivers and streams, and show them how to work a mean fly rod for salmon and trout. The students mastered the place-based curriculum at the Bristol Bay River Academy.
September 1, 2014: Thirteen new graduates of Bristol Bay River Academy are ready to guide visitors and help them work a mean fly rod for salmon and trout. The students mastered the “place-based” curriculum at the Academy where they learned the basic skills of fly fishing, casting, knots and fly tying.
August 25, 2014: A group of Bristol Bay students recently finished up a course on fly fishing and working as river guides. KDLG’s Chase Cavanaugh has more.
August 18, 2014: Students from a number of Bristol Bay communities this week learned how to tie a coho-catching fly, cast a fly rod into the wind, and prepare a detailed list of supplies to bring for a day on the water with a client. Tomorrow, their new skills will be put to the test.
July 7, 20214: The Bristol Bay River Academy is a week long course intended to give an opportunity to young locals to learn how to be a fishing guide. For the past six years, the academy has been training around 12 students each summer to become guides.
June 26, 2014: Fishing is a common profession in Bristol Bay, but not all fishing is alike. Certainly, for many young folks, learning to crew and pick fish in the region’s world famous commercial salmon fishery is an excellent entry into a lucrative industry.
A weeklong camp in Bristol Bay allows local youth to explore a career as a fly-fishing guide.
June 18, 2012: Alaska veterans and active duty soldiers are about to embark on a dream fishing trip – even by Alaskans’ standards.
June 17, 2011: Most fly fishing guides in Bristol Bay come from Outside. But the Bristol Bay Fly fishing and Guide Academy is working to train young people from the region.