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Old 03-04-2013, 03:08 PM
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Default Re: Fly fishing for school credit?

University of Idaho has a fly tying class, pretty basic class just show up and learn how to tie flies. I believe there may be a little 2 credit casting class but it is no more than walking out on the Admin lawn and learning to cast.

Now, someone correct me if I am wrong but one of the Universities in Oregon has a very respected fly fishing and fly tying offering.
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I think there should be a degree....period
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That's what I need ! ....a BS* degree in flyfishing.

There is a lot of that stuff in the Kansas City feed lots ...isn't there?
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I ran a "virtual fly shop" called Vermont Streams on line from 1999-2003. In those early days I had to pay someone to customize a shopping cart system for me. I made a few dollars, met some great people and learned quite a bit about the sport. I figure it cost me as much as a Masters Degree, but was more fun!
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Check this out.... It was written by Stan Ulanski, professor at UVA, to support a general education class. The course covers physics, entomology, geology, lymnology, history, philosophy into an integrated whole... excellent background book but it also provides the structure for a course similar to the one you mention.


The Science of Fly-Fishing: Stanley Ulanski: 9780813922102: Amazon.com: Books The Science of Fly-Fishing: Stanley Ulanski: 9780813922102: Amazon.com: Books


A correction is in order... Ulanski is a professor at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. The book was published by University of Virginia Press. Not often that a fly fishing book gets a University imprint....
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It's always great to hear about new fly fishermen entering the field.
I was a newcomer back in 1957 and there weren't even any fly fishing clubs for adults let alone for kids in my area.

When I moved to Suffern, NY from R.I. in the early 60's Suffern High School and a fly tying club. (all of five members).

I agree that fly fishing should be an accredited course for it indeed helps "Train the Brain" on physics, the eye hand co ordination of the human body and ethics.

It does a lot more to encourage effective and ethical co operation between people than footbrawl, basebrawl or basketbrawl. (I have yet to see a brawl happen between two fly fishermen even if they don't get along)

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There are several things that led me to spend a large part of my working life doing what I choose to do. This is one of those things.

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I didnt have fly fishing, but I did get to take a fishing class in place of PE Classes. It was meant for people with no knowledge of fishing, but its always nice to go back to the basics. Also, there were plenty of good looking girls in the class!
We had an Introduction to Sport Fishing class in high school too. In my sophomore year, water polo was the only other PE class being offered between football and baseball seasons and the coaches of those sports didn’t want their players in the pool.
So during the late periods of the day, many of the jocks signed up for the fishing class. At the time, my best friend / fishing partner and I were pretty sure of a couple of things, as teenagers often are. One, we could probably teach the fishing class and two, we were going to be bored beyond belief. But the coach that was teaching the class kept it lively and it’s in that class that the light went on. You really can pursue this “ fishing thing” as a business. It was pretty obvious from those old films that coach played for us, that Tom Mann was doing it and Gowdy was making at least enough to keep that hat blocked.

Fast forward a decade. One afternoon the phone gets passed to me at our fly shop with the quip that coach something or other would like to talk to you. Turns out he’d been watching a ball game on Fox and spotted us in one of our commercials. That was one of those payback moments you get to be part of, every so often in life. Coach was beaming. He had no idea that any of us had even stuck with fishing, let alone followed it as a career path.
Back then we’d spend the late winter and early spring exhibiting at most of the sportsmen and boat shows in the region. It’s at the show nearest him that we finally got to see each other again. For each of the years that he had left, coach had an exhibitors badge waiting for him at the will call window of his local show and a chair in our booth. He was our greatest cheerleader and at times our most honest and trusted critic.

If you get the chance to teach in life, please do so. You never where those lessons can lead or the lives you can better.

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BTW, Joe Humphrey of Penn State is another fly fishing hero. He took the time to correspond with me when I was a youngster ( back when we hand wrote letters and mailed them ), even though I lived on the opposite coast. An excellent ambassador of fly fishing.

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Last summer I was fishing on a FFO river in Maine when all of a sudden about a dozen teenage boys showed up.
I remember thinking 'Uh-oh. What's this?'
To my surprise, they all had fly rods, not the spinning rods I sort of expected.
These guys were a delight to fish with. They were polite, reasonably quiet, and didn't get in anybody else's way.
I watched them for a while and fished around and with them.
About an hour or so into this, an older guy came down to where I was fishing and asked me how these teenagers had been behaving.
I told him what I said above - that they'd been very good, and I was completely happy with them.
Apparently, this was either a club or a course at a nearby high school.
In either case, it was nice to see.
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There are several things that led me to spend a large part of my working life doing what I choose to do. This is one of those things.



We had an Introduction to Sport Fishing class in high school too. In my sophomore year, water polo was the only other PE class being offered between football and baseball seasons and the coaches of those sports didn’t want their players in the pool.
So during the late periods of the day, many of the jocks signed up for the fishing class. At the time, my best friend / fishing partner and I were pretty sure of a couple of things, as teenagers often are. One, we could probably teach the fishing class and two, we were going to be bored beyond belief. But the coach that was teaching the class kept it lively and it’s in that class that the light went on. You really can pursue this “ fishing thing” as a business. It was pretty obvious from those old films that coach played for us, that Tom Mann was doing it and Gowdy was making at least enough to keep that hat blocked.

Fast forward a decade. One afternoon the phone gets passed to me at our fly shop with the quip that coach something or other would like to talk to you. Turns out he’d been watching a ball game on Fox and spotted us in one of our commercials. That was one of those payback moments you get to be part of, every so often in life. Coach was beaming. He had no idea that any of us had even stuck with fishing, let alone followed it as a career path.
Back then we’d spend the late winter and early spring exhibiting at most of the sportsmen and boat shows in the region. It’s at the show nearest him that we finally got to see each other again. For each of the years that he had left, coach had an exhibitors badge waiting for him at the will call window of his local show and a chair in our booth. He was our greatest cheerleader and at times our most honest and trusted critic.

If you get the chance to teach in life, please do so. You never where those lessons can lead or the lives you can better.

Dave

BTW, Joe Humphrey of Penn State is another fly fishing hero. He took the time to correspond with me when I was a youngster ( back when we hand wrote letters and mailed them ), even though I lived on the opposite coast. An excellent ambassador of fly fishing.
That's another piece in the puzzle we have in common Penn state, I had a similar friendship with Ed Zern who also taught the fly fishing course t Penn. State when I was a kid.
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