Has lived 42 years in Leavenworth WA and has been fly fishing around the world, since he was 14. Retired Chelan County Fire Dist. #4 Fire Chief. Safety Officer and Fire Science Program Manager/Instructor for Wenatchee Valley College. Owns a Safety Consulting Company. A TU member for 17 years and Board Chair of Education and Conservation for the Wenatchee Valley Fly Fishers. Third year serving on the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board.
The staff are all encouraged to know how to swim. We hire a Certified Life Guard for scheduled swim times and during the required Boy Scout Swim Test in shallow water. It’s necessary for students to know how to swim, in order to use any flotation device. Bring a bathing suit.
The Directors of the academy all agree that your time at camp should be equitably divided into time for instruction, learning activities and time to fish. Fishing time is scheduled every day after day one. By the second day you should be able to cast well enough to start trying to fool fish with a fly. FYI – We don’t use hooks when we practice fly casting and only use barbless hooks when fishing and tying flies.
Accomodations are dormatory style and we also require a Ghillie in each room.
We can probably make minor changes to the menu. We’ll need to talk well before the academy in order to work out the details.
We’ll be collecting macro invertebrates (bugs) in a nearby creek and you’ll be getting wet. So if you want to bring a pair of rubber boots that would be good. You can also hike around the lake so a good pair of trail walking shoes could come in handy, but it’s an easy trail.
They need to sign your application. They will also need to sign various releases prior to registration day.
If you take prescription medication or want to use over the counter medication you will need to self administer these items. The staff can not administer medications to any student. ll
$500 is the per student cost.
Once your application has been approved, you will be sent a notification of acceptance into the academy and a password to access the websites Payment page. The red button on the Homepage header.
There you can make a deposit (which secures a spot at the academy) and conduct other financial transactions or request financial assistance (sponsorship by a local Fly Club or TU Chapter).
When your deposit has been received you will be given a password to access the Library, where you can review the schedules, curriculum videos, explore informational links and use training aids that will give you a running start on academy topics. We also house the registration paperwork here for later use.
The Washington State Council for Trout Unlimited and Fly Fishers International are our major financial donors for this program. Fly Clubs, TU Chapters and generous donors contributed to ensure this academy continues to provide fly fishing experiences, resource conservation values and aquatic knowledge. The academy is an all volunteer and non profit program and it depends on the generosity of the above mentioned , to help finance the over $2,200 (per student) cost of this academy. Our thanks to them and appreciation to you for considering our academy.
12-14 years old: No license required
15 years old: License required, purchase an Annual Combo license
16 years old: Fresh water license required
Rod – 4, 5 or 6 wt. Reel – Freshwater Line – Floating w/ Trout Taper