For the past 8 years Tim Lussow, a biology teacher at Colony High School and friend of StreamWorks, has helped expose the world of fly fishing to hundreds of students through a uniquely designed course called, “Alaska Wildlife.”
“Alaska Wildlife” offers valuable information for the next generation of anglers. Fisheries are the foundation of the course, and students are lucky enough to tie flies throughout the duration that are relevant to the current topic of discussion. Students learn the salmon life cycle while tying flies that mimic different stages of life for salmon including alevin, smolt and flesh flies. The appeal of rainbow trout and the mysterious allure of steelhead are discussed while whipping up glo bugs. And the inevitable conflicts of humans and bears and other wildlife are talked about while tying bright streamers for Coho. Students also dive into important conversations about fisheries conservation while discussing controversial development proposals in Alaska, like the Pebble mine, that threaten fish habitat.
In light of the current fiscal climate, Colony High School’s Alaska Wildlife class is in jeopardy and needs YOUR help.
Money donated will go to purchasing fly tying materials and tools to keep the class going. Anything helps!