Media Advisory: Bristol Bay River Academy Provides Guide Training for Rural Alaska Youth

CONTACT: Jenny Lynes (952) 210-7095,
Iliamna, AK, July 9, 2014 – The Bristol Bay River Academy teaches youth from rural communities of Bristol Bay, Alaska techniques to help future clients hook into the catch of their lives, while sharing insight about life in one of the last intact wild salmon watersheds in the world.

Now in its 6th year, the weeklong riverside course teaches fly-fishing, tying, customer service and guiding basics, river etiquette, conservation, and fisheries management. The goal is to ready local young people for good paying jobs close to home, as well as cultivate passionate guides who are informed about local life and river issues and are ready to provide a world-class experience to the thousands of anglers who come to Bristol Bay each year to fish. Eight of the Academy’s graduates are now employed at Bristol Bay area lodges. Thanks to support from Bristol Bay Native Corporation, Trout Unlimited, Bristol Bay Heritage Land Trust, Orvis, Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation, Bureau of Land Management, University of Alaska Fairbanks – Bristol Bay Campus, and many other community supporters, the course is offered free of charge to 12-15 students each year.

WHAT: Free fly-fishing guide academy for Bristol Bay-area youth
WHEN: August 12-18, 2014. August 17: Mock Client Day, where students will use their new skills and take community and press members out for a day on the river.
WHERE: Red Quill Lodge, Iliamna, Alaska
WHO: Bristol Bay River Academy is organized through Nushagak-Mulchatna Wood-Tikchik Land Trust, Bristol Bay Native Corporation, Bureau of Land Management and Trout Unlimited’s Alaska Program.


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