on May 23, 2012 05:06 PM • Views 4398
Media Contact: Lee Sherrill

BREVARD, N.C. (May 23, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is hosting three free fishing events in early June at its Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week 2012. 

 “Fly Fishing Skills: Casting for Beginners” will be held at Lake Imaging in DuPont State Forest on June 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The class, which is open to participants 12 and older, is ideal for novice anglers who will learn a variety of casting techniques taught by experienced instructors. All equipment and materials are provided. 

“Introduction to Fly Fishing: Lake Fishing” will be held at Lake Julia in DuPont State Forest on June 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Knowledgeable instructors will teach the basics of fly-fishing on the lake and will cover topics such as equipment, knots, casting techniques and aquatic insects. The class, which is limited to six people, is open to participants 12 and older who have completed the “Introduction to Fly-Fishing” class or have some casting experience with fly rods and reels.

 A “Catch and Cook” class will be conducted at the Pisgah Center on June 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants will spend the first part of the class fishing in the Davidson River, which flows next to the center. They will finish the class by preparing their catch using some favorite local recipes. The class is open to participants 12 and older.

 Pre-registration is required for all three classes, and a $25 pre-registration fee for the two fly-fishing classes is fully refundable upon class attendance. 

 “We designed the classes to be free to encourage more people to learn how to fly fish,” said Lee Sherrill, Pisgah Center program coordinator. “The refundable pre-registration fee allows us to estimate the attendance in advance and prepare for the classes.  But the event was always meant to be free, which is why we’ll refund the pre-registration fee to everyone who attends.”

 To register, contact Sherrill at lee.sherrill@ncwildlife.org or 828-877-4423.

 The events at the Pisgah Center are three of more than 40 events the Wildlife Resources Commission, in cooperation with Neuse Sport Shop, Trout Unlimited, Bass Pro Shops and the U.S. Forest Service, is supporting in celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week 2012.

 Young anglers participating in the events are eligible to enter a statewide drawing for prizes.  The grand prize is a lifetime sportsman license, which includes freshwater and saltwater fishing privileges, as well as hunting privileges, donated by Neuse Sport Shop, located in Kinston. The first prize is a lifetime freshwater fishing license, donated by the N.C. State Council of Trout Unlimited. Bass Pro Shops is donating 50 fishing-related prizes, such as tackle boxes, rod-and-reel combos and fishing line, while the Wildlife Commission is donating another 100 prizes any of which would be a perfect addition to a young angler’s tackle box.

The Commission will conduct the drawing for the prizes in late June. The names of winners, as well as their prizes, will be posted on the Commission’s website, www.ncwildlife.org.

Click this link  for a list of all fishing events being conducted statewide.

The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education is one of four learning facilities operated by the Commission. Located south of Asheville off U.S. 276 and next to the Davidson River, the Pisgah Center offers free admission, daily showings of an award-winning documentary, and online schedules of upcoming events and conservation activities.

Visit the Commission’s Learning Page or call 828-877-4423 for directions, program schedules and additional information