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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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’16 Mission Lodge planning underway!

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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2016 Academy: apply today!

We are so excited to announce that the application period for the 2016 Bristol Bay Guide Academy is OPEN!

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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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Day 3: Fish on!

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).

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Day 2: Knots and flies

Students broke into two groups to learn essential knots and how to tie the flies they’ll need for the week. While this can be tedious work, the urgency was clear: if their leaders aren’t prepared and flies aren’t tied, they won’t have anything to use for fishing.

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Day One: You can be great guides.

“You’re here because you have key knowledge that will make you excellent sport fishing guides on your home waters,” they were told. But they were also forewarned: being well-versed in many components of guiding and the industry are needed before making that a reality.

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