Local angler pursues college fishing dream

FORT COLLINS – Some sports just hook you. In Legacy High School graduate Ryan Wood’s case, that statement comes in the most literal sense. “He’s tried football, he’s tried baseball, he’s tried basketball,” mom Kim said. But despite his passion for those sports, Wood’s true calling was always on the water.

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“I first got into fishing by fishing small ponds for trout and pan fish with my parents,” he said. Wood got his first real taste of competitive angling as a child. At age 9, his parents helped him join a bass fishing club they had discovered at the Denver International Sportsmen’s Expo. At the end of the season, there was a fishing competition for the participants. Wood, being the youngest, wound up winning the tournament.

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