April 15 is the application deadline for youths wanting to attend this year’s Northwest Youth Conservation and Fly Fishing Academy.
The June 24-30 camp exposes participants to the basic skills of fly fishing, but also includes topics such as conservation and natural resource stewardship.
The curriculum is meant to give students a background in fundamental science and includes ecology, hydrology, aquatic entomology, invasive species, watersheds, wildlife management and fish behavior. Participants will also learn the essential fly-fishing skills including fly casting, fly tying, fly selection, streamside ethics and etiquette, knot tying, reading water and water safety.
In addition to classroom work, there are on-water sessions and fishing opportunities on Hicks Lake, Nisqually Pond and the Deschutes River.
The academy is open to 24 youths, ages 12-16, who show an interest in the outdoors and fly fishing.
In addition to completing a short application, each student must submit a written essay indicating why he or she wants to attend and what the student hopes to learn, Clancy said. Applications can be found on the academy website.
Tuition is $275, and includes food and lodging. Fly rods, reels and fly-tying equipment will be available as well.
More information, contact Mike Clancy at 253-278-0061 or Jim Brosio at 360-481-5184 or click here.