– by Mike Clancy


The Academy class of 2017.

The new year has arrived and the Washington Council of Fly Fishers International is in the planning stage for its 2018 Fly Fishing Academy. We will be accepting applications from students  beginning January 1, 2018 for another wonderful event for girls and boys, 12 to 16 years old.  Its an opportunity for these kids to learn about conservation and fly fishing. Students will spend the week of June 24-30 at Gwinwood Christian Community Center on Hicks Lake in Lacey, WA.  They will enjoy clean, warm cabins with showers and comfortable bunks.  All meals and fly fishing gear is provided.

Our goal is to open the door to the future in conservation and fly fishing, regardless of financial means, for any serious minded youth.

The applicant must write and submit by April 15 an essay stating why “THEY” would like to attend The Academy and they will need a letter of recommendation from their school counselor, science teacher, minister or a responsible person.  Applications may be submitted via email or U.S. Mail.

Questions may be directed to Mike Clancy @ mtclancy39@comcast.net, Jim Brosio @ brosioj@q.com or Tom VanGelder @ TVG@comcast.net.   Applications are available on our website – www.nwycffa.com  email address – nwycffa@comcast.net. And we are on Face Book.



We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can always build our youth for their future -FDR




The goal of every young angler,

a trophy like this Kootenai rainbow taken near Troy , Montana.