"A Native Odyssey"- Application Overview

Photo Credit:  Nicholas J. Gragtmans

Photo Credit:  Nicholas J. Gragtmans


"I recognize the right and duty of this generation to develop and use the natural resources of our land; but I do not recognize the right to waste them, or to rob, by wasteful use, the generations that come after us."- Theodore Roosevelt

Today, Theodore Roosevelt’s public land legacy and the wildlife that he sought to protect are under siege.  Members of our government are seeking to dismantle his legacy through the sale of OUR public spaces, thereby threating many of our nation’s endangered species and denying Americans their fundamental right to explore our country’s last untouched wildernesses.

This summer we will be sending several students from the TU Costa 5 Rivers College program on an epic cross country journey—fishing, exploring, and discovering the public lands and the native trout that inhabit them, the way Teddy envisioned all of those years ago.

Together, we can share the stories of our native fish and the importance of conserving those lands for future generations. Stand up and tell Congress to keep their hands off OUR public land!

Do you have what it takes?!?

Photo Credit: Nicholas J. Gragtmans

Photo Credit: Nicholas J. Gragtmans

Trip Details:

We will be selecting 4 or 5 students from at least two TU Costa 5 Rivers Clubs to embark on an eight week, all-expenses paid fishing excursion during the months of June and July 2017. Students will attempt to catch all 15 Western native trout species on public lands in several states. Students will “take over” Trout Unlimited’s and Trout Unlimited Costa 5 Rivers social media pages during the length of the trip and will be responsible for creating their own content documenting the trip. It is imperative that applicants demonstrate excellent experience in at least one of the fields of photography, videography, and/or writing. Applicants should also possess all of the necessary equipment (cameras, editing software, camping gear, etc.) needed for the trip. Students that are selected for the trip will be outfitted with sponsor equipment and apparel.

How to Apply:

Make a short Instagram video or album with some of your best fishing-related content describing why you care about public lands, clean water, and the reasons you should win the trip. When you post it, use hashtag #anativeodyssey and tag @Tucosta5rivers @Troutunlimited @U.S.forestservice. Your profile must also be set to PUBLIC. If you do not tag appropriately, we will be unable to process your application. You can apply as a single applicant or as a pair. If you apply as a pair, please tag the second person in your post as well.  

Ideal candidates should:

•       Possess strong photography, videography, and/or writing skills

•       Be active members in a TU Costa 5 Rivers affiliated club

•       Have a passion for public lands and native trout

•       Possess strong interpersonal skills and be able to work effectively in small groups

•       Be avid anglers

•       Be willing and able to hike into rugged and remote areas

•       Be willing and able to use their own camping, camera, fishing and other equipment necessary for the trip

NOTE: Applicant’s having access to a fully-insured vehicle (preferably 4WD or AWD) is a definite plus. Students will use one or two personal vehicles on the Odyssey.

Instagram application videos and albums must be in published by April 16th. We will then pick a handful of our favorite submissions for a second round interview, and then announce our winners on April 20th.

For more information, please reach out to Andrew Loffredo, the TU Costa 5 Rivers Coordinator, at Aloffredo@tu.org .

Photo Credit:  Nicholas J. Gragtmans

Photo Credit:  Nicholas J. Gragtmans