Liam Wood Summer Program

High School Students:

Spend a week of your summer exploring your local rivers!

Rock Creek

Join us  July 30th to August 3rd,  from 9am – 4:30pm for the Liam Wood Fly Fishers and River Guardians Program! In one week, you will learn 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 Chris Dombrowski, George Kesel and WEN staff.

Rock Creek

Register: To register, please fill out the application below and either mail to us or bring to the WEN office. The deadline for submission is July 14th, 2012. If you have any questions about the program or application process, feel free to e-mail us at or phone us at 541-9287. Applicants should hear back from us within one week of application submission.

Liam Wood


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.

Helpful Links:

2012 Liam Wood Program Flyer 

2012 Liam Wood Letter to Students

2012 Liam Wood Student Application

2012 Liam Wood Scholarship Application

*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.