on Mar 26, 2014 10:53 AM • Views 2755

Space is available for a women-only fly-fishing weekend, scheduled for April 4-6 at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and Davidson River Campground in Brevard.

Media Contact: Jodie B. Owen

BREVARD, N.C. (March 26, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering a women-only fly-fishing weekend on April 4-6 at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and Davidson River Campground in Transylvania County.

The fly-fishing weekend is open to women of all skill levels who want to learn more about fly fishing. The $125 registration fee covers instruction, fishing equipment and camping for the weekend, and lunch and snacks on Saturday. The 3-day program is being offered through the Wildlife Commission’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program.

Participants can either camp at the campground or stay at a nearby hotel. While participants are encouraged to bring their own tents and equipment, a few tents will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The weekend is broken down into five skill-building sessions and participants will rotate through each session. In the stream ecology session, participants will search for aquatic organisms using nets and kick seines to understand what type of flies work best for trout fishing. They will learn how to tie flies that mimic the organisms they find — “matching the hatch.” In the basic equipment session, participants will learn more about waders, wading shoes, vests and other fishing tackle that can make or break a fishing trip.

Other sessions include knot tying, fly casting and lure presentation. Sunday features a fishing opportunity on the Davidson River where experienced fly-fishing guides will offer one-on-one instruction. Participants will be fishing on a private portion of the river owned by Davidson River Outfitters, which is a sponsor of the event.

Pre-registration is required and the weekend is limited to 25 participants. Becoming an Outdoors-Woman is an international program for women, 18 and older, conducted in North Carolina through the Wildlife Commission.

To register or for more information, contact BOW Coordinator BB Gillen at bb.gillen@ncwildlife.org or 919-218-3638.

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.