fly fishing to the deaf is gaining in popularity.
Last month, we featured a video by former Trout Bum of the Week Bryan Eldredgea guide at Falcon’s Ledge and director of the American Sign Language and Deaf Studies Program at Utah Valley University in Oremin which he uses American Sign Language to teach fly-fishing to the deaf and hearing-impaired. The video is part of a series, called “Sight Casts,” on DeafTV. As this story from yesterday’s Salt Lake Tribune makes clear, Eldredge’s efforts are having an impact:
“Bryan’s ASL explanations about how to fly fish are much better for me than just reading captions,” said Glen Parker, a viewer from Fort Worth, Texas. “I remember the information so much better.”
Parker, an avid angler who hasn’t tried fly fishing yet, found the videos on DeafTV and is considering a trip to Utah and Falcon’s Ledge to spend some time on the water with the creator of “Sight Casts.”
The story also notes that viewers outside the deaf community are also learning from the videos, and newer videos feature captions and voice-overs.