Looking for a perfect gift for your favorite angler? Don’t buy one, make one. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting two free workshops at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville in December where participants will make — and keep — a fishing rod and lanyard.
The 3-day Basic Rod Building Course, scheduled for Dec. 5, 6 and 7 from 6:30-9:30 p.m., covers the basic techniques for building a 6-foot, light-action spinning rod. All tools and supplies are provided. Due to space restriction, the class is limited to 15 participants and pre-registration is strongly recommended.
In the Fishing Lanyard Making Workshop, scheduled for Dec. 8 from 9-10 a.m., participants will construct their lanyards from items that are commonly found at most retailers. Materials, such as scissors, line snips and forceps for hook removal, are provided.
“A fishing lanyard is an item that helps anglers keep some basic fishing items handy when a tackle box is too cumbersome to carry while bank fishing or wading,” said Tom Carpenter, a fisheries technician with the Commission and workshop leader. “This is a great workshop for anglers of all ages and is an awesome activity for families. In fact, this is one of our most popular workshops for kids.”
Pre-registration for the Lanyard Making Workshop is suggested but not required. To pre-register, contact Carpenter at firstname.lastname@example.org; or 910-868-5003, ext. 15.
The John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center is located at 7489 Raeford Road, across from Lake Rim. Wildlife Commission staff at the Pechmann Center conducts fishing workshops, events and clinics throughout the year. Most programs are free and open to the public. For more information about the center, or to check on clinics, visit www.ncwildlife.org and click the “Learning” link.
For more information about fishing in public, inland waters, visit www.ncwildife.org/fishing.
Image courtesy N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission