Fly-fishing camp will accept 2 dozen students

Staff reportMarch 16, 2014 

Education South Sound students ages 12-16 have until April 15 to apply for the Northwest Fly Fishing Academy to be held in Lacey in June.

The co-ed academy focuses on conservation, natural resource stewardship and essential fly-fishing skills. Fly-fishing classes include casting, fly tying, knot tying, reading water and water safety.

There will be morning and evening fly-fishing activities on Nisqually Pond and the Deschutes River.

Faculty and staff include wildlife resource professionals, Northwest fly-fishing and fly-tying professionals and enthusiasts, and volunteers from area fishing clubs.

There will be 24 youths who show an interest in the outdoors and fly fishing selected to attend the co-ed camp, said organizer Mike Clancy.

“Students will develop basic fly-fishing skills, knowledge of outdoor ethics and an awareness of the sport fishing opportunities in the Northwest,” Clancy said.

“Our goal is to prepare youth to become the next generation of conservation leaders and natural resource stewards,” he added.

Applicants will be accepted based on a candidate’s written essay indicating his or her desire to attend and what the student hopes to learn by attending the camp.

The cost, including food and lodging, will be $275. Tuition assistance is available.

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