The Bristol Bay River Academy (formerly the Bristol Bay Fly Fishing & Guide Academy) merges salmon and river education, with recreation and conservation principles to educate, engage and inspire Bristol Bay young adults to become local leaders in salmon stewardship and prepared for jobs based on healthy salmon in their home rivers. The river-side course prepares young local leaders by equipping them with the knowledge, values and skills necessary to be conservation advocates in their communities and link visitors to the salmon and trout conservation issues in the region. The Academy accomplishes this in two primary ways.
Imagine cruising into a breathtaking fiord, snow capped mountains and hanging glaciers on three sides, you've never been here before, and from the looks of things, nobody else has either. The sea lions hauled out on the rocks look at you with bewilderment, obviously surprised to see a human. From the charts it looked like there might be potential for a wave on the East side of the fiord and based on the swell and offshore breeze you are excited to prove your suspicion right.
This kind of experience is status quo for our boat based surf missions. We explore Alaska's endless miles of wild coastline seldom even seeing other boats. Sometimes we discover incredible waves, and sometimes we just have to settle with unbelievable scenery, incredible wildlife, and great food.
After several years in the making we are excited to be able to share this once in a life time experience with you. Boat based surf explorations in the last frontier with Ocean Swell Ventures.
The M/V Milo is a proven North Pacific Veteran and is crewed by over 50 years of Alaskan Maritime experience. Owner Mike McCune and Captain Scott Dickerson also have more than 60 years of surf experience (and one happens to be a talented professional photographer). These unique qualifications make Ocean Swell Ventures the perfect choice for making your experience rewarding and successful. We are living our dream and can't wait for you to join us.
A few things you can expect from a surf trip with Ocean Swell Ventures:
Pioneering new surf locations Mind blowing scenery -- calving glaciers, jagged mountains, untouched wilderness An authentic Alaskan experience Great food -- plenty of fresh fish True adventure
There are not many places in the world where you can see bears like you can at Brooks Lodge. Photographer Randy Harristakes tries his hand at DSLR video, and produces a wonderful video showcasing these incredible animals. Bear viewing is certainly a part of the Alaska experience!
Check out this bear viewing reel from Fly Out recommended Alaska Wilderness Safari. Seeing bears is part of the Alaska experience, and you'll be hard pressed to find a better place to see these wonderful creatures in their natural habitat.
This is a great Alaska guide lifestyle film, with incredible fishing and AK imagery. From the Upper Nushagak in Alaska's Bristol Bay, Camille Egdorf narrates through a season in the bush.
The summer of 2012, I dedicated over 100 hours to filming and documenting the experiences that not only I had but also of those who spent time at my family's camp in Bristol Bay, Alaska; employee and client alike. It depicts and shares, from start to finish, the life that I've known from the first few months of my existence. The Alaska state flower is the Forget Me Not, which is the inspiration for the naming of this film. I didn't do this for any type of compensation, just simply to share and retell the story of an Alaskan summer.
Pause. Take 5. Breathe. Decompress. Watch for 60 seconds. It is worth it.
Pause 4 is the essence of what our brand "Fly Out" represents - Flying into the unknown for adventure and freedom uncomprehensible in this fast paced world. We recognized the plane is this short film, so we had to post. Check out Talkeetna Air Taxi and their Fly Out adventures.
What defines us? We ask ourselves this everyday. As fly fisherman, we know what defines us, our passion for the sport. It's a selfish sport, and with occupations that all too often interfere with our obsession, it's a way for us to escape the real world. Transitions is a story of exactly this. We were all at different stages in our lives, and with changes in location and occupation, we set all obstacles aside to try and prolong the inevitable and just fish. We had no idea that mother nature's attempts to derail our itinerary would become so extreme. Through sheer persistence and an obsession with fly fishing that could, in some cases, be considered an illness, we became the choosers of our own destiny. 2012 would be the best summer of Alaskan fishing we had ever experienced, and now we've chosen to share it with you. Enjoy!