Fish for Change is the future. We have created a global non-profit organization dedicated to protecting wild fisheries through education, service work, and sustainable tourism. Starting with student programs in Honduras, Colorado, and British Columbia, Fish for Change recognizes that if we are to continue enjoying these pristine fisheries we must work to protect them.
Students dive deep into the world of fly-fishing through integrative studies led by some of the best teachers, guides, and business owners in the industry. Studies flow between fly fishing skills, rowing, back-packing, entomology, conservation, sustainability, and writing. Fish for Change is fishing with a purpose.
We are excited to offer Fish for Change in 3 countries this upcoming season. Beginning in the warm salty waters of the Caribbean in Guanaja, Honduras, then moving up into the wild trout filled rivers of Colorado, USA and finishing off in the pristine mountains of British Columbia, Canada.
Participate in one destination or sign up for the Grand Slam Student Program in all three countries.
The Guanaja Sustainable Development Program (GSDP) is the best of its kind. Created by industry leaders in fly-fishing and education, GSDP brings students from around the world together to study and participate in a paradise riddled with struggle. Natural disasters, devastated economy, and unstable government have kept the island of Guanaja from blossoming into a sustainable tourist destination.
Students enjoy the luxury of staying at the private island lodge while engaging in important service work. Fly Fish Guanaja works with a Mangrove Restoration Project and students help regrow a mangrove forest that was devastated by Hurricane Mitch in 1998. Students study and hunt the invasive lion fish that threaten the reef.
Guanaja’s beaches are littered with trash and students spend a part of each day filling plastic bags full of trash and unloading at the land fill. Students engage in our literacy program at local schools by bringing, reading and donating children’s books.
Hours of service work are matched with hours of adventure through fishing, snorkelling, diving, paddle boarding, kite surfing, repelling, and more. Students write in journals everyday and post entries into a blog that parents follow online. Experiences from the program fuel student writing in future academic projects with continued mentoring from course instructors.
June 4 – 11
June 11 – 18
June 18 – 25
June 25 – July. 2
All inclusive: $2,950 USD
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Starting in Glenwood Springs on the Roaring Fork River, students learn fly-casting, knot tying, entomology, and reading water. Students fish private water at the lodge on the Roaring Fork then participate in conservation efforts with the Roaring Fork Conservancy.
From the Roaring Fork Valley we head to the Big Beaver Ranch in the White River National Forest. Big Beaver is a family owned cattle ranch nestled in the Rocky Mountains with a legendary trout stream. Students learn sustainable development of a Colorado ranch through This private ranch has never been open to guests for fishing. Big Beaver is extending the privilege to the Colorado River Course for the first time since 2014.
The course finishes with a three day float trip on the upper Colorado River. Students learn to fish from a boat, row a boat, and how to thrive in the wilderness.
July. 24 – 31, 2016
All inclusive $2,950 USD
Based out of Fernie, BC, Canada on the lush Elk River and throughout it’s many tributaries students learn fly-casting, knot tying, entomology, and reading water. They participate in conservation efforts with the Elk River Alliance and British Columbia’s Wild Sight Foundation. Visiting mine sites and affected mining areas students learn about the impacts and balance between industry and recreation.
Daily backpacking into world class tributaries students delve more into the impacts of invasive plant, wildlife and human impacts while integrating their fly fishing skills within some of the best fishing waters of Canada. Gaining a life long perspective of environmental and sustainable development students give back to the local community while gaining writing skills and service work hours for college entry. A world class Sustainable Development Student Program that has been operational for over 6 years reaching from Honduras to Colorado and now proudly being offered in Fernie, BC, Canada
August. 14 – 21, 2016
All inclusive $2,950 USD
Come check it out and pass the word! It’s a trip of a lifetime and one of the only programs of its kind in the world.
Guanaja – 1 week Sustainable Development Student Program
Colorado – 1 week Sustainable Development Student Program
Canada – 1 week Sustainable Development Program
All three for $8,450USD