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Does your daughter or son like to fly fish and want to learn more? Or, have they expressed an interest in learning to fly fish but you haven't had a chance to get them started? Here's a chance for them to ramp-up their knowledge and skills and have a great time doing it. There are a few more spaces left for this great camp but the application deadline is approaching fast so talk to them asap.

The Washington Council Trout Unlimited and the Washington State Council Federation Fly Fishers jointly announce they will begin accepting applications for the 2010 Northwest Youth Conservation and Fly Fishing Academy beginning January 1. Application deadline is April 15th. The Olympia Chapter Trout Unlimited and the South Sound Fly Fishers will again host the Academy at the Gwinwood Conference Center on Hicks Lake in Lacey, Washington from June 20 through 26, 2010.

The Academy is designed to educate youth about the importance of conservation and resource stewardship and is modeled after the nationally acclaimed award winning Pennsylvania Rivers Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp held annually in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania.

The curriculum is structured to provide students with a background in fundamental science and includes presentations on ecology, hydrology, aquatic entomology, invasive species, watersheds, wildlife management, and fish behavior. Participants will also learn the essential fly fishing skills that include fly casting, fly tying, fly selection, streamside ethics and etiquette, knot tying, reading water, and water safety.

Twenty-four boys and girls, ages 12 to 16, who show an interest in the outdoors and fly fishing will be selected to attend. The Academy is co-educational with acceptance based upon a candidate's written essay indicating his/her desire to attend and what she/he hopes to learn from it.

Applications will be accepted until April 15, 2010. Total cost, including meals and lodging, is $275 (although scholarships are sometimes available). Fly fishing rods, reels, and fly tying equipment will be available.

For more details see: http://web.mac.com/rjnye/youth_camp/Welcome.html
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