BREVARD, N.C. (May 14, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will offer an introduction to the tenkara style of fishing through two upcoming clinics this month at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Transylvania County.
The hands-on instruction is free, but requires pre-registration on a first-come, first-serve basis. Jason Sparks, of Appalachian Tenkara, will lead instruction about this form of traditional Japanese fly-fishing. Primarily used for mountain streams, tenkara is a popular method of angling among freshwater mountain anglers in Japan, with increasing popularity in the United States.
Tenkara 101 will be held Saturday, May 17, 9-11 a.m. Topics will include history, equipment orientation, a perspective on Japanese flies (kebari), and using tenkara in local waters.
Tenkara Level II will be held May 23, 9-11 a.m. This program will include fishing techniques, detailed equipment options, and casting mechanics for anglers ready to learn advanced techniques.
For more information or directions, call 828-877-4423 or register online.
The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education is located near Brevard, just south of Asheville, alongside the Davidson River in Transylvania County. The center features nature trails and five large aquariums representing different aquatic habitats. Visitors to the center also can walk next door to the Bobby N. Setzer Fish Hatchery, where trout are raised in 54 raceways. The center’s hours of operation through November are Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
For more information on the four learning centers operated by the Wildlife Commission and other activities and events, visit the Enjoying page.