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Youth Conservation and Fly Fishing Academy

June 18-24, 2017 at Gwinwood Community Center

Hicks Lake in Lacey, WA


Applications will be accepted starting

January 1, 2017 until April 15

This academy is available for girls and boys, 12-16 years old !

It will teach basics of fly fishing and conservation skills. 

The event is one full week with some staff and all youth living in clean, warm cabins at the Gwinwood Center. 

All meals are provided. 

Students need to bring their personal belongings, i.e., sleeping bags, pillows, rubber boots, etc. 

All fishing gear and fly tying equipment is provided, however, students may bring their own fishing gear.

Each student applicant must submit:

             An application.

             A short essay explaining why they want to attend The Academy. 

             A letter of recommendation from a school teacher, home educator or counselor.  

The cost for each student is zero if they are chosen by the WVFF as sucessful applicants and the $300 Acadamy cost will be coveredby our club and various Trout Unlimited Chapters and other WA  FFF fly clubs and private donations. 

The 2017 Application is downloadable from, and viewed below:





Name: __________________________________________________________

Date of Birth: ___________________ Age as of July 1, 2017_____________

Address: ________________________________________________________

City: _____________________________State: _________ Zip: ___________

Telephone: Res:______________________ Cell:_______________________

E-mail: _________________________________Adult T-shirt Size: _________

Applicants must also provide the following:

• A written essay on why "you" would like to attend the Academy and what you expect to learn from it.

• A brief letter of recommendation from your school science teacher, home school instructor, scout leader or school counselor including their address and telephone number. Application and letter of recommendation may be sent via email or U.S. Mail. Application must be signed by applicant and parent.

The Academy is limited to qualified girls and boys, ages 12 through 16 Our goal is to open the door for today’s youth to learn conservation and fly fishing, regardless of financial means, for any serious minded youth willing to do the work. Applicants must not have reached their 17th birthday by July 1, 2017. A committee shall make selections based upon a candidate’s written essay and recommendation from science teacher or counselor. The $300 enrollment fee includes meals and lodging. Candidates should not send enrollment fee until notified of selection. Notifications will be sent out by mid May 2017.



           Application must be received by WVFF by March 1 2017, in order to select, vet  

           and send successful candisates application to arrive in Olympia by April 15, 2017.

            The number of attendees is limited.

Application should first be submitted to:

     Bruce Merighi  WVFF Education Chair

          Wenatchee Valley Fly Fishers

          26105 Bronco Lane, Leavenworth WA 98826

The WVFF Board will screen the applicants and pass successful candidates to the :

      Northwest Youth Conservation & Fly Fishing Academy

           C/O Mike Clancy

           2531 Simon Lane N.E.

           Olympia, WA 98506

Or e-mail all required information to: t

For additional information – please contact the following Co-Directors:

Bruce Merighi:  Cell  509-679-2274

Mike Clancy: (Res) 360-753-1259 (cell) 253-278-0061

Jim Brosio: (Res) 360-943-9947 (cell) 360-481-5184

Tom VanGelder: (cell) 253-261-8890

Applicant Signature:______________________ Parent Signature:______________________________



The WVFF is hooked on fly fishing the waters of Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Okanagan counties and beyond! 






We meet every 3rd Thursday of the month,

except JUNE – AUGUST at the

Eagles Lodge 

1208 Wenatchee Ave. Wenatchee WA

5:45  Wet Fly Hour

Grab A Bite -Talk – Meet and Greet

A Short Business Meeting then a

Presentation at 7:30

Our sport is a challenging and enjoyable way to fool fish, and if skill and luck coincide, we play and handle our quarry properly and release them to live in a place we love. 

A person may learn to tye and cast a fly in a few short lessons, and then through study and observation secure an introduction to the world that exists above, in and below the waters surface, but . . . " To achieve mastery is to rise above the need to catch fish."  Howell Raines

What We Do ?  

  • We get together to meet with other flyfishers or those new to the sport and share fishing stories and the company of like minded people that enjoy waving sticks at fish.
  • At each meeting we have the pleasure of listening to and questioning our Special Presenter.  Bring paper and pen, you'll walk out with some good tips and ideas.
  • The WVFF participates in a variety of fly fishing and tying outreach programs that introducesadults and children how to camouflage their first hook. 
  • We have a booth at the Leavenworth Salmonfest and display fly tying techniques, display live entomological samples from the Icicle Creek and talk to visitors about conservation and habitat concerns. 
  • Two of our members also teach a Continuing Ed class at Wenatchee Valley College each spring.
  • We organize Outings that gives our members another reason to inflate their pontoons or launch the John Boats on a different stretch of water.  These events range from large pot lucks to small groups getting together to collectively try to fool the fish. 
  • Our Photo Album occasionally demonstrates their level of success (or not) and displays the beauty of the region we fish with a fly.

You are most welcome to attend one of our meetings without obligation.  Come and meet the other locals that think catching a fish with a minute barbless hook, wrapped in fur and feathers, is fun. 



Rooted in the Wenatchee Valley, we are a small 501 c (3)  corporation, organized for charitable and educational purposes.   We focus on fish Conservation and Watershed Management that will improve the ecosystem of and adjacent to the local fisheries.

  1.  Provide opportunities for our membership to increase their capabilities regarding fly fishing.
  2.  Encourage the education of the public to the value of fish and conservation of their habitat.
  3.  Supporting efforts that the club and its membership believe will protect and/or enhance sport fishing in general and fly fishing in particular.
  4.  Protecting, conserving, enhancing and propagating fish through the voluntary practice of catch and release and other measures.
  5.  The premise that fellowship and camaraderie among fly fishers should be enjoyed.
  6.  Promote good sportsmanship as the creed of all fly fishers.

Member Rene Paul summed up our mission with the following song called,

"We're Going to Lake Chupaka"




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