Liam Wood Summer Program

Low flows and hot trout mean

2015 Summer Fly Fishing School is postponed!

SUMMER 2015:  WEN is postponing our popular Liam Wood Fly Fishers and River Guardians’ August session due to low river flows and stressed trout…please check back in the fall for updates for this high school program.

Students fish along Rock Creek.

2015’s Program Dates:  TBA after Sept. 1, 2015. Check back for new proposed fall dates and program ideas. Because of the high river temps (over 70 degrees F) and low stream flows WEN has opted to wait until conditions are suitable for river fishing.

High school students in the Liam Wood Fly Fishers and River Guardian Program spend one week learning the glorious art of  fly fishing, fly tying and more! All skill levels welcome. Tuition is  $250 per student; full and  partial  scholarships are available.

Who can apply? Students who have graduated 8th grade through high  school are eligible. We strongly encourage young women to apply and we would also love homeschool students to join the fun!

During the week students will learn to tie flies, cast, fly fish, field journal, and identify local fish and macroinvertebrates. Instructors will also guide students through a river restoration project and discussions about river stewardship through the scientific and social lens of fly fishing. Program will also include river literature readings such as A River Runs Through It, David James Duncan essays and more. This week-long program will be taught by expert river guides and fly fishing gurus and WEN staff.

   LWFF&RG Program Application 2015

Register: This program is dependent on reaching a minimum enrollment. If you have any questions about the program or are interested in applying, please e-mail us at or phone us at 541-9287.

Liam Wood was a talented fisherman and river steward.

About Liam Wood: Liam Wood was a talented fisherman and river steward who died tragically at the age of 18. He died while fishing on Whatcom Creek, just outside of Bellingham, Washington, in 1999. Liam drowned after suffocating on gas fumes from an upstream Olympic pipeline explosion. In addition to being a skilled fly fisher, Liam was an aspiring writer who admired the work of local author David James Duncan. In fact, it was Duncan, moved by Liam’s story, who worked with Liam’s parents to establish the original river guardians school at Western Washington University. This is the sixth year Missoula’s WEN has put on the high school version of the program to educate future generations in honor of Liam.

*Similar to the Liam Wood Flyfishing and River Guardian School at Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment, WEN’s program teaches fly fishing with the goals of engendering respect for the natural world and its river ecosystems and compelling action toward conservation and stewardship.