Hatch Magazine has been preaching the same message for years: anglers who want to become more effective have to pay the piper. That means grabbing your gear, heading for the river, and putting in your time on the water. Nothing beats personal experience, or learning from the mistakes that we all make. Unfortunately, though, it can take decades to gain enough experience, while very few of us have the freedom to spend an unlimited amount of time on the water.
Which is why it’s so important to seek out skilled anglers and pay attention to the knowledge they have to share. A novice or intermediate fly fisher can grow as much during a day with a talented teacher as he or she can during an entire year of figuring things out on their own.
Hatch does its best to help. Not only does the magazine offer a wide variety of information, techniques, and tips every single week, but it also has a unique opportunity for one very fortunate angler in 2019: the Hatch Magazine scholarship at the School of Trout.
For a week every October, the School of Trout brings together a literal “Who’s Who” of fly fishing. These storied anglers journey to the legendary Henry’s Fork in Last Chance, Idaho, where SOT students have a chance to learn from masters like Tom Rosenbauer, John Juracek, Bob White, Kirk Deeter, Tim Romano, Hilary Hutcheson and Craig Mathews. The class takes place at TroutHunter, where the spring-fed waters of the Henry’s Fork flow right by the lodge and bull elk bugle into the clear mountain air.
As you might expect, the opportunity to learn from such incredible fly fishers doesn’t come cheap. Anglers who attend the School of Trout can expect to spend about what they’d pay for a week at an Alaskan fly fishing lodge. While that’s still a bargain—where else can you go to learn from so many angling legends?—it’s also not in the financial cards for many of us.
Unless, of course, you apply for and receive the Hatch Magazine scholarship. In that case, you can knock two thirds off the cost of the tuition and join a small group of fortunate anglers, and passionate instructors in Last Chance, Idaho this October.
If you want to attend the School of Trout, but you’re not sure you can afford the cost—or if you know someone who would love to spend a week learning from some of the planet’s most respected, knowledgable anglers—be sure to visit SchoolOfTrout.com. You can find the Hatch Scholarship information on the Basic Trout class page.