2023 Fly Fishing Academy June 18 – 24
This private four acre lake is surrounded by a 100′ tall conifer forest. A little feeder creek enters from the north and drains the lake on the southside and flows into a small wetland nearby. There’s non-motorized small watercraft available for students to use when supervised. It’s stocked with trout the week prior to camp and it’s about 40′ deep. There are usually large holdovers hiding in the depths, if your skilled enough to hook one. FYI All our fishing is catch and release.
Located in the Main Lodge and upstairs from the big meeting room you’ll find enough vices, tools, lights and space for everyone to tie flies. Outside of tying classes there is always a volunteer available to help with tying challenges. The room is well stocked with fly tying reference books, tying materials of all sorts. Enough to make hundreds of flies. The students are encouraged to practice their new tying skills during free time. Regardless of the number of the flies you tie, you keep them all.
Our TU and FFI affiliated leadership team is comprised of three Academy Co- Directors who are all devoted fly fishing enthusiasts, an Academy Leader who’s been directing this program for years, a cadre of experienced Ghillies for girls and boys plus volunteers that keep everything running smoothly. The staff is all encouraged to be vaccinated and have all passed yearly national background checks. Verification upon request.
A variety of training venues are available for academy classes and related activities. Ranging in size and type from small outdoor huts and two group campfire rings to a large multi roomed Main Lodge. All are used to create a fun place to learn.
There are seperate rooms for boys and girls, each with their own same sex ghillie. Of course, separate toilet and shower facility. Students need to bring their own sleeping bag, pillow, towels and toiletries.
This private facility is on 500 acres of forested property ten miles west of Shelton, Washington. Volleyball and basketball courts are available as well as a group BBQ hut. There is a large lawn and new docks for casting practice and fishing. There is a trail for exploring the forested shore area of the lake and a way to discover numerous bank fishing locations when kids go out in pairs or with adult supervision.
A large figure eight dock plus a 25′ boat launch provide both swimming and casting opportunities A simple Swim Test in the shallow of the enclosing dock, will be given to all students on day one and a certified lifeguard is present during all swim times. Be prepared to see trout in the area. It’s stocked the week prior to camp.
In the shadow of the Olympic Mountains, the foothills around camp boast good fishing in the Skokomish River, Cushman Creek, three branches of the Satsop and the Hamana River. You’ll be shuttled to the best producers where you can put your river fly fishing skills to the test.