This Week in AK: Fly Fishing in Bristol Bay

Photos by Clark James Mishler: Young people from Bristol Bay attending the Bristol Bay Fly Fishing and Guide Academy.

This week on AK, we go fishing.

Most fly fishing guides in Bristol Bay come from Outside. But the Bristol Bay Fly fishing and Guide Academy is working to train young people from the region. Although many have been fishing since they were in diapers, their knowledge about fly fishing mostly comes from the movies. This year the Academy brought eleven students from across Bristol Bay to King Salmon.

Time now for our weekly trip around the state. This week we’re visiting the village of Aleknagik, at the Southeast end of Lake Aleknagik.

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Daysha Eaton is a contributor with the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Daysha Eaton holds a B.A. from Evergreen State College, and a M.A. from the University of Southern California. Daysha got her start in radio at Seattle public radio stations, KPLU and KUOW. Before coming to KBBI, she was the News Director at KYUK in Bethel. She has also worked as the Southcentral Reporter for KSKA in Anchorage.

Daysha's work has appeared on NPR's "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered", PRI's "The World" and "National Native News". She's happy to take assignments, and to get news tips, which are best sent via email.

Daysha became a journalist because she believes in the power of storytelling. Stories connect us and they help us make sense of our world. They shed light on injustice and they comfort us in troubled times. She got into public broadcasting because it seems to fulfill the intention of the 4th Estate and to most effectively apply the freedom of the press granted to us through the Constitution. She feels that public radio has a special way of moving people emotionally through sound, taking them to remote places, introducing them to people they would not otherwise meet and compelling them to think about issues they might ordinarily overlook.

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