2009 Course Schedule - Art, Science and Ethics of Flyfishing for both AM and PM classes

Week 1 - Fish and Flyfishing

6/22 Introduction to flyfishing equipment rods, reels, lines, how to rig up, flies; Knots & casting

6/24 Field trip to Squalicum Lake for casting practice and fishing - license required

6/25 Video night A River Runs through It - Leo's house

6/26 Common sport fish species in Washington; Fly fishing strategies for fishing creeks, rivers, and lakes;  Regulations and management

Week 2 - Stream Ecology

6/29  Fish, food webs, and productivity; Stream structure and function; River Continuum Concept; Tying the woolly bugger - Fourth Corner Fly Fishers

7/1  Chuckanut Creek / Whatcom Creek collecting; Biology of the bugs; Imitating Western insects

7/2  Video night Creek Story - Leo's house

7/3   Field trip to Whatcom Cr. fish, bugs, and fishing

Week 3 - Habitat

7/6    The art of the bamboo rod - Hugh Lewis; Book reports; Tying the elkhair caddis - Fourth  Corner Fly Fishers

7/8   Field trip to a Middle Fork Nooksack River watershed

7/9   Video night Trout Grass - Leo's house

7/10   Habitat restoration; Field trip

Week 4 - Integrating ethics and ecology

7/13  Habitat conservation and management; Stream restoration; Tying the pheasant tail nymph - Fourth Corner Fly Fishers

7/15-7/17 AM Section: Field trip to the Upper Skagit River, BC / Hozemeen campground; Fishing ethicist Ian Muirhead (BC River Guardian and Roderick Haig-Brown Institute associate) will accompany the class as guest instructor and one of the angling experts for the trip. 

7/17-7/19 PM Section: Field trip to the Upper Skagit River, BC / Hozemeen campground; Fishing ethicist Ian Muirhead (BC River Guardian and Roderick Haig-Brown Institute associate) will accompany the class as guest instructor and one of the angling experts for the trip.