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Study Away offering fly-fishing trip

WKU Study Away will host a fly-fishing adventure to Montana in July as part of American Traveler, a noncredit program that offers enrichment-learning opportunities to various destinations throughout the United States.

Led by Dr. Raymond Poff from the WKU Department of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport, travelers will meet in Missoula, Mont., where Norman Maclean’s A River Runs Through It and Other Stories comes to life.

Guests will spend days on the rivers of Missoula Valley fishing for five species of beautiful trout (rainbow, cutthroat, cutbow, brown and brook), with fly-fishing instruction from a professional guide (one guide: two travelers). A day trip to Glacier National Park and all lodging are also included in the trip, which is available as a four-night trip July 16-20 or five-night trip July 16-21.

Groups and solo adventurers of all fishing abilities are encouraged to participate. Fly-fishing workshops will be available this spring through WKU Continuing Education. WKU Department of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport will also offer a three-credit hour fly-fishing course in during May term.

Fees for the trip are $1,899 for a four-night trip and $2,199 for a five-night trip. A $250 non-refundable deposit is due Feb. 1. Registration is going on now. Space is limited to 11 adventurers, so register early.

Contact: Jerry Barnaby, (270) 745-2231.

Fly fishing workshops planned

Anyone who has wanted to learn more about fly fishing but didn’t know where to start will have an abundance of opportunities throughout spring 2012. A variety of workshops will be available for all levels of interest, beginning with one free workshop in January.

“Introduction to Fly Fishing” will be offered Jan. 26 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at no charge through a partnership between WKU Study Away, WKU Continuing Education and Gander Mountain. The workshop will be held at Gander Mountain. Pre-registration is available by calling (270) 745-1912.

WKU Continuing Education will also offer two extensive fly-fishing workshops this spring, including a workshop on fly casting in February and a workshop on fly tying in April. The workshops will provide ideal instruction to teach individuals how to create lures and will cover the basic equipment and skills necessary for any fly-fishing excursions.

Dr. Raymond Poff, who will lead the WKU Study Away fly fishing trip in July, will provide all workshop instruction. Those interested in the fly-fishing trip are encouraged to participate in one or more of the workshops.

For information about the workshops, contact WKU Continuing Education at (270) 745-1912.

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