Fly fishing on the Upper Owens River with Colby College's JanPlan class, "The Art of Fly Fishing."
"The Art of Fly Fishing" offers a crash-course in everything fly fishing. Fly-fishing classics and instruction in casting, knot and fly-tying. While the first two weeks revolve around classroom instruction and prep, week three is spent fishing the Lower Owens River near Mammoth Lakes, Calif. Reading of literary classics (including Thoreau, Hemingway, Izaak Walton), critical essays, and blog required. Includes analysis of online nature writing; acquisition of fly-fishing techniques: gear choice, knot and fly-tying, casting, fly selection and nymphing; and writing a fishing blog that promotes awareness of and respect for the natural environment.