Welcome to the Salmon School, a year-long adult and teen’s introduction to the art of angling. We’ll embark on a pursuit of knowledge and experience as we ply the thin division between our terrestrial reality and the nearby aquatic world. We will build from the ground up, first working to understand the fundamental organic and human-made variables of angling before journeying across western MA with rods in hand. Instructed through the lenses of ecological and moral accountability, the Salmon School equips participants with the necessary skills and information to voyage on a lifetime of not only successful and adventurous fishing, but also dedicated stewardship and conservation of the global fishery. The program is specifically geared towards individuals with limited to no angling experience, however, there will be more than a bit for everyone.
Where: Varied locations across western Massachusetts, including brooks in Amherst, lakes in Belchertown, rivers in Charlemont, tributaries in Sterling and many places in between.
When: TWO SUNDAYS per month in spring & fall, ONE SUNDAY per month in summer & winter. NOTE THAT TIMES VARY ACCORDING TO THE SEASON, THE FISH, AND OUR FOCUS!
Ages: Teens and adults. Participants 10-13 need to be accompanied by an adult.
Equipment: Fishing is a gear-heavy practice and sport. This program will provide some amount of gear for shared use during the program, but bringing your own gear is highly encouraged. We will provide a full equipment checklist during registration.
Price: $650-900 sliding scale for 95 hours of instruction with additional homework. Select a price that fits your income. Please get in touch for payment inquiries. Limited work trade available.
$950.00 - $1,900.00
Leapfrog Programs strongly believes in the importance of making our programs affordable and accessible for all. Please use the sliding scale to select a price that best works for your family’s financial situation and needs.
Payments towards the higher end allow us to offer lower cost tuition to children of families with less resources. If program payment presents a hardship, please get in touch.
Proceeds from these programs support planting and maintenance of public access orchards in communities across Western MA. We thank you for your support.