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Katie Cole Dement
Inside Director

Katie Dement is the C.O.O. for the National Fishing in Schools Program and co-founder of the Fishing Education Foundation.  She also serves as the Vice President of The School of FlyFishing, Education Partner of NFSP.  Essentially, she is responsible for our education programs.  Katie works with her father, Dana, in developing, directing and teaching NFSP's varied education efforts.

Katie has personally trained and certified over 325 individuals in the "Cast A Fly, Catch A Student" curriculum of the National Fishing in Schools Program.

Katie is a native of Lincoln, Nebraska.  She attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and graduated from Prescott College in Arizona.  She has a degree in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Environmental Education and a minor in Adventure Education.

Katie has 25+ years of experience fly fishing.  She learned from her father, grandfather and great-grandfather.  She has taught and guided fly fishing professionally in Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota and Washington.  She has caught Bluegill and Green Sunfish; Largemouth, Smallmouth and Rock Bass; Rainbow, Brown, Brook and Cutthroat Trout; Northerns and Walleyes; Catfish and Stripers; Permit and Redfish; and frogs on flies.

As a staff member of the University of Nebraska Outdoor Adventures Program and companion program in Arizona, she lead trips in many remote locations in the U.S.  She ties flies, builds rods, and studied in Baja, California, where she swam with whales and sea lions.  She holds certifications in Wilderness First Responder and Swift Water Rescue and has a passion for sharing the outdoors and fishing with others.

When not working with or training NFSP educators, she likes to hunt (with her setter "Raina"), climb (rock, ice), scuba dive, sea kayak, ski, and bicycle.  Katie and her husband, David, and 2 children, McKinley & Brooks, live in Bellingham, Washington.

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Please contact Katie if she can assist you in bringing "Fishing in Schools" to your youth.

Dana C. Cole