Fly Fishing Clinics Under Way at Pechmann Fishing Education Center
1/9/2013 11:08 AM
By Al Kittredge
FAYETTEVILLE (Jan. 9, 2013) — The New Year is here and with it comes the annual series of fly-fishing clinics hosted by the N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center located on the west side of Fayetteville in Cumberland County.
We kicked off the New Year with our first clinic on Saturday,Jan. 5, thanks to Wildlife Commission staff, a multitude of volunteer instructors, and, most of all, some eager and cooperative brook, brown and rainbow trout.
This is the 10th year of fly-fishing instruction provided by the Pechmann Fishing Education Center. Our local and regional volunteers collectively have several hundred years of fly-fishing experience. (That represents a lot of hatches that we’ve matched!) Our basic clinics are open tothe public and are ideal for participants who have very limited or no experience with fly fishing.
We had a real good group of participants last Saturday. For many, this was the first time they had ever held a fly rod. Maybe it was the weather, which was cool but sunny without any wind. Maybe it was the opportunity to fish for mountain trout without having to drive 4+ hours to the mountains. No matter the reason, everyone seemed to have a good time.
Our objective is twofold: 1) to provide participants with the opportunity to learn a new way of fishing or to improve previously learned skills; and, 2) to provide a safe and fun-filled day outdoors.
With the successful end to the first basic fly fishing clinic hosted by the Wildlife Commission’s Pechmann Center in 2013, we’re getting geared up for additional clinics on Jan. 19, Feb. 2 and Feb. 16. The clinics are all scheduled to run from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Interested anglers should contact Fayetteville-Cumberland County Parks andRecreation at Lake Rim, (910) 424-6134.
A fee of $5 for each participant is due at the time of registration. A fishing license is not required, and the Wildlife Commission provides free loaner fly rods for the day. Participants should be dressed for cool weather conditions. They also should bring a hat and some sort of eye protection, such as eye glasses, sun glasses or safety glasses.
Also, for those of you in the military or for those of you who have immediate family in the military, the Wildlife Commission’s Pechmann Fishing Education Center hosts Wounded Warriors Battalion fishing events and N.C. Handicapped Sportsmen events. On the second Wednesday of each month from 1-5 p.m., we will be offering fly-tying and basic fly-fishing instruction for military personnel and their families. The days will start with instruction, but at least half of the afternoon will be spent fishing on these military appreciation days.
[Editor’s Note: Kittredge is a volunteer fishing instructor at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center and winner of the 2011 Volunteer of the Year presented by the N.C. Wildlife Federation.]