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Montana fly fishing trip ‘a great success’

Local anglers recently returned from a fly fishing trip to Missoula, Mont., through WKU Study Away’s American Traveler program, a noncredit enrichment travel program. Dr. Raymond Poff, associate professor of recreation administration in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport, led the inaugural fly fishing expedition.

As part of WKU Study Away’s American Traveler program, a group spent four days fly fishing in the Missoula Valley in Montana. Another trip is planned for next summer.

Poff, an avid fly fisherman, visited the area last fall and was inspired to lead this summer’s trip. “I was impressed by the community, restaurants, historic district, and of course the excellent fly fishing,” Poff said. “This trip deepened those wonderful impressions and was a great success. Going fishing doesn’t always mean actually catching fish. But on this trip, we all caught fish every day.”

The group spent four days fly fishing on the beautiful rivers of the Missoula Valley and exploring the local culture. Anglers fished from a drift boat or raft crewed by a personal professional river guide, catching and releasing a variety of local fish, including cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, brook trout, cutbow trout and whitefish. They also visited Glacier National Park and explored the city of Missoula.

Bowling Green businessman Joe Travelsted went on the trip and plans to return next year. “I’ve always wanted to take a trip like this, but I didn’t know where to start,” Travelsted said. “When I heard about this opportunity, I just had to go.”

According to Poff, this trip is ideal for anyone interested in fly fishing. “Even people with no fishing experience would enjoy this trip, and there are local opportunities to learn more about fly fishing,” Poff said.

WKU Continuing Education will offer fly fishing workshops this fall: Introduction to Fly Fishing on Oct. 2 and Fly Tying on Oct. 23 and Oct. 25. Poff and Study Away plan to partner again for a 2013 fly fishing trip next summer.

For additional information about upcoming fly fishing workshops, visit www.wku.edu/ll/. For additional details about WKU Study Away American Traveler programs, go to www.wku.edu/americantraveler.

WKU Study Away serves the community by engaging students, faculty and staff in educational and cultural experiences beyond the campus borders. WKU Study Away is a unit of Extended Learning and Outreach.

Contact: Jerry Barnaby, (270) 745-2231

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