We are a Fly Fishing Academy | INDIE ALASKA

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.

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Originally from the Central Coast of California, Valerie joined Alaska Public Media in July 2017. Before moving to Alaska, Valerie worked as an ENG Editor at WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina. She also served in the U.S. Air Force as a TV/Radio Broadcast Journalist where she got the opportunity to travel around Europe, Africa, The Baltics, and Australia reporting on military events, exercises, and missions. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, skiing, backpacking, learning piano, yoga, and trying new foods.

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