Get Hooked on Fly-Fishing Clinics in Fayetteville
12/29/2011 2:19 PM
With the holidays over and January looking like one big yawn of nothing to do but sit inside and wait for warmer weather, do you need a reason to get outside and get moving? If so, the Wildlife Resources Commission has plenty of reasons — 1,000 to be exact.
That’s how many catchable-sized brown, rainbow and brook trout the agency stocked recently in two ponds at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville. Some mighty nice-looking trout went into the ponds. The Commission stocked the trout in anticipation of four fly-fishing clinics that it, in partnership with Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation, is conducting in January and February.
Three basic skills clinics are scheduled for Jan. 7, 21 and Feb. 4. These basic skills clinics are ideal for participants who have very limited or no experience with fly-fishing. Qualified instructors from the Fayetteville Area Anglers Network, or F.A.A.N. for those of you who like acronyms, will provide one-on-one instruction on the proper techniques for casting, rigging and knot-tying.
An advanced fly-fishing class, scheduled for Feb. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., is for anglers who have previous fly-fishing experience and will cover more complex techniques, such as advanced casting, fly-tying and equipment assembly.
This is the fourth year the Wildlife Resources Commission has trucked in trout from its Bobby N. Setzer Fish Hatchery in Transylvania County to the Pechmann Center in Cumberland County. Along with providing the trout and the instruction, the Commission is providing loaner rods and reels as well.
Pre-registration is required by calling the Fayetteville-Cumberland County Parks and Recreation at Lake Rim, 910-424-6134. Have your credit card handy. A nominal $5 fee for each participant is due at the time of registration.