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WKU Recreation Administration Hosts 4th Annual Fly Fishing Montana Program

  • Author: Dr. Raymond Poff
  • Author: Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

The WKU Recreation Administration program in the College of Health and Human Services hosted its 4th annual WKU Fly Fishing Montana program in Missoula, MT. Led by Dr. Raymond Poff, the program offers university students of all majors and community members an opportunity to develop fly fishing skills and experience fly fishing on world renowned waters containing 5 species of trout: rainbow, brown, cutthroat, hybrid cutbow, and brook.


This year’s participants included six students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Recreation Administration, as well as three community members participating in the WKU American Traveler program.  Dr. Poff works with WKU’s Study Away office, The Missoulian Angler in Missoula, MT and licensed Montana Outfitter Russell Parks to make this program possible.

“Having completed my third trip to Montana with Dr. Poff, I can say without hesitation that each trip has produced a special surprise,” said Basil Hamilton, an American Traveler participant.  “This trip the surprise was the hooking and landing of a 28-inch bull trout.”

Tyler Hanna, a Recreation Administration student found the experience to be unforgettable, “I would highly recommend signing up for this class for anyone wanting to get out and be immersed in nature. Montana is beautiful.”


WKU student Bryce Bicksler expressed the program’s impact with his sentiment, "Fly fishing in Montana was one of the greatest experiences of my life."

Registration for the 2016 WKU Fly Fishing Montana program, scheduled for September 19-24, 2016, will begin soon. All university majors and the general public are welcome to participate. No previous fly fishing experience is needed.

The 2015 WKU Fly Fishing Montana program students included: Mark Belcher (Auburn, Ky), Bryce Bicksler (Elkton, Ky), Chase Brown (Bowling Green, Ky), Quintin Calloway (Russellville, Ky), David Judd (Louisville, Ky), and Tyler Hanna (Memphis, Tn). The WKU American Traveler portion of the program included three community members: Basil Hamilton (Bowling Green, Ky), Norman Parker (Caneyville, Ky), and Keith Wunder (Des Moines, Ia).


For more information, please contact Dr. Raymond Poff at (270) 745-2498 or raymond.poff@wku.edu.

About WKU’s Recreation Administration program:  Established in 1967, the WKU Recreation Administration academic program provides access to a world of rewarding professional careers directing recreation services to help individuals, families, and communities. The program offers concentrations in Recreation Administration, Outdoor Recreation, Nonprofit Administration, Commercial Recreation & Tourism, and Facility & Event Management. Also available are minors in Outdoor Leadership, Nonprofit Administration, Community Recreation, Tourism, and Facility & Event Management. The program is housed in the School of Kinesiology, Recreation & Sport in the College of Health and Human Services.  For more information, please visit http://www.wku.edu/recreation.


About Missoulan Angler:  The Missoulian Angler is the oldest fly shop in Missoula, MT and is conveniently located to four rivers; Bitterroot, Blackfoot, Clark Fork, and Rock Creek. Several of their longtime clients enjoy expanding out to the Missouri, Yellowstone, Madison, Smith, Big Horn, and Big Hole Rivers. (Licensed Montana Outfitter Russell Parks, Missoula Fly Fishing Outfitters LLC #9928) Russell Parks of The Missoulian Angler, Missoula, MT

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