Hey everyone! My name is Libby Glaser and I’m currently studying wildlife conservation and management at Missouri State University. I’m involved with several different campus organizations, but my favorite would have to be the Missouri State Fly Fishing Club, which I started in October of 2017. Most of our club members are new anglers, so these past few semesters have really helped me improve my teaching skills and made me realize how important introducing passionate new anglers to the sport can be. Our club is also part of the TU Costa 5 Rivers collegiate club program, which is truly a great resource for getting new anglers on the water.
I have always loved spending time outdoors, but in the last few years I have come to realize the need for anglers and outdoorsmen and women to protect the lands we love. Our public lands and fishing accesses are an invaluable resource for creating the next generation of conservationists. I am so excited to join the 5 Rivers Odyssey team this year and to advocate for all the other reasons we need to fight for our public lands. Being from the Midwest, I didn’t know much about the issues facing Alaska and other coldwater fisheries until I began fly fishing. Thanks to the support of TU and those who make this trip possible, we will be able to connect more people to the last frontier and the people and wildlife that call Alaska home.
I grew up in central Missouri and started fishing when I was a little girl, but when I moved to southwest Missouri for college I became more interested in the fly fishing opportunities that the Ozark region had to offer. I absolutely love exploring some of our smaller trout streams here in the Ozarks. While trout are not native in Missouri, they have established healthy populations in some spring-fed creeks and they have since become a valuable part of many ecosystems. I also love fishing for our abundant warm-water species, and my favorite thing about fly fishing in the Ozarks would have to be taking my friends to the river and helping them catch their first perch or sunfish on a fly.
As a conservation major, I am looking forward to a career of advocating for the wise and careful use of resources on public lands. I think this trip will give me a whole new perspective on the importance of native fish, as well as the impact that our actions can have on these precious ecosystems. Alaska is home to some of the world’s best salmon fishing and several world-class coldwater fisheries. Unfortunately, these aquatic resources, that have provided so much to Alaskan communities and anglers from around the world, are threatened by developments that could devastate the ecosystem. Having the rare opportunity to explore Bristol Bay, Tongass National Forest, and other parts of Alaska with the Odyssey team will be the experience of a lifetime, and I am extremely thankful for this opportunity. I can’t wait to start sharing our adventures with you all!
- Libby Glaser