Ecology, Sustainability & Fly Fishing

This course will give the students an overview of the origins of fly fishing, as well as the technological, biological and environmental influences on the sport in rivers or streams and in the Great Lakes. Students will begin with the history of the sport, starting around the 200 AD following its morphology from a necessity to a sport. A study of technological changes in materials and its influence on the sport shall be presented as shall an examination of fish biology and its influence on fly patterns and fly presentation. A discussion of natural and man made environmental changes and their influence of the changes of fish habitat in Great Lakes river systems shall be undertaken, as shall a discussion of the positive and negative aspects of man-made influences such as stocking non-indigenous species their effect on indigenous fish populations.

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