The Bristol Bay Fly Fishing & Guide Academy hopes to educate, engage and inspire Bristol Bay young adults to become local leaders in river stewardship and prepare them for jobs based on healthy fish in their home rivers. The Academy launched in 2008 with a 4-day program attended by nine students from local villages and led by founders, Luki Akelkok and Tim Troll, and lead instructor and local lodge owner Nanci Morris Lyon. The academy has now hosted 10 classes of students, many of whom now work at lodges in the Bristol Bay region.
Young people interested in the academy can apply for the 2019 Class before April 15, 2019.
To learn more about the academy, visit their website at bristolbayriveracademy.org
Video and Story by Valerie Kern
Music by Starship Amazing and FirstCom
Additional GoPro Footage provided by Lance Hankins
Special Thanks to Bear Trail Lodge and Trout Unlimited.