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Northwest Missouri State University


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A Northwest student practices his fly fishing skills in Colorado last year as part of a fish and float course designed to teach fly fishing and other outdoor skills. The course is now accepting students for its 2012 course, which begins July 5.

A Northwest student practices his fly fishing skills in Colorado last year as part of Fish and Float, a course designed to teach fly fishing and other outdoor skills. The course is now accepting students for its 2012 course, which begins July 5.

May 23, 2012

Course accepting students interested in fly fishing, travel experience

A Northwest student poses for a photo with the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop during last year's Fish and Float trip to Colorado.

A Northwest student poses for a photo with the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop during last year's Fish and Float trip to Colorado.

Northwest Missouri State University students have the opportunity to earn college credit while learning basic outdoor recreation skills and traveling to a mountain range in the United States to test their fly fishing skills.

Fish and Float is a three-credit-hour course offered by the Department of Health and Human Services. The course will take place July 5-18 and teach students basic techniques of fly fishing, canoeing, camping, hiking, outdoor safety and other outdoor recreation skills.

This is the second year Fish and Float has been offered as a travel course at Northwest. Previously, students in the course practiced their skills at Mozingo Lake. Last year, the class traveled to Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. The location of this year’s trip has not been determined but Bryan Dorrel, the course instructor, is considering traveling to the Black Hills mountain range, located in South Dakota and extending into Wyoming.

“We’re expanding the course to be a unique experience for students and to give them an experience that they would not get on their own,” Dorrel said. “We want to go to a unique location and teach them a unique skill like fly fishing.”

The course is open to all Northwest students. In addition to the costs per credit hour, a $500 fee covers travel expenses.

Students will need a fly rod, hiking shoes, a light backpack and sleeping bag. Students interested in the course may inquire about borrowing equipment by contacting Dorrel.

Interested students are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible but no later than Wednesday, June 20. The class begins Thursday, July 5, in Maryville with two to three days of instruction on the basics of fly fishing. The class will then leave on a nine-day trip.

For more information, contact Dorrel at bdorrel@nwmissouri.edu or 660.562.1298.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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