Win a Free Week at Fly Fishing Camp  

2018 Youth Conservation and Fly Fishing Academy

June 24-30, 2018     Hicks Lake   Lacey   WA

Boy & Girls    12 – 16    Application Deadline March 15th


  • It will teach basics of fly fishing and conservation skills. 
  • One full week of fun and living in clean, warm cabins at the Gwinwood Center on Hicks Lake.  
  • It is designed to educate youth about the importance of conservation and resource stewardship. Students will develop basic fly fishing skills, knowledge of outdoor ethics, and an awareness of the sport fishing opportunities in the Northwest.
  • The Wenatchee Valley Flyfishers and the Icicle Trout Unlimited Chapter will cover the

     entire $300 tuition fee for a limited number of successful applicants.

  • The Academy is a youth education project of Washington Council of Trout Unlimited.
  • Transportation to and from the academy is not included.


Adult supervision – Lodging and Meals – Fishing gear – Fly tying equipment

But students may bring their own fishing gear.


Pillow-Sleeping Bag-Toilet Items-Rubber Boots-Outdoor Clothing -Misc. Personal Items


All applications must arrive at WVFF by March 15, 2017 for selection and the winning application(s) will be forwarded to the Northwest Youth Conservation Fly Fishing Academy.


Wenatchee Valley Fly Fishers   P. O. Box 3687 Wenatchee WA 98807-3687


Each applicant must submit:

  • An application.
  • A short essay explaining why they want to attend the Academy. 
  • A letter of recommendation from your school science teacher, home school instructor, scout leader or school counselor.

The 2018 application is available at



Name: __________________________________________________________

Date of Birth: ___________________ Age as of July 1, 2018_______________

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.

Applicant Signature: _____________________________

Parent Signature:    ______________________________

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 


  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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