Registration opens March 4 at for a Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Intermediate Fly-Fishing Weekend on May 3-5, 2013, at Alyson’s Orchard in Walpole, N.H. Participants should have some fly-fishing experience. Applications may only be submitted by mail.

“The goal of this course is to help attendees move towards independence as fly-anglers,” said Karina Walsh, who coordinates the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Let’s Go Fishing Program, which teams up with BOW to present the program.

The event begins with registration on the evening of Friday, May 3, and concludes at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 5. The cost for the weekend is $295, which includes all meals, lodging, instruction and materials.

Participants will stay in Rochambeau Lodge (two persons per room) at Alyson’s Orchard in Walpole, N.H. ( Linens will be provided; baths are shared. Meals will be served family-style in the lodge dining room, with bag lunches provided for the two days afield.

The course will cover the finer points of casting, such as accuracy, timing and shooting the line; reading the water and then picking a proper fly and knowing how to cast it; what to do when you catch a fish – playing and releasing; and angling ethics. Participants will have the opportunity to fish both still and moving water. Attendees must supply their own rod and reel. A fishing license is not required during scheduled class time.

The Connecticut River Valley provides a scenic backdrop for this event. The river and its corridor are home to nearly 300 species of native animals. The Connecticut is a nationally recognized trout fishing river. Fish and Game helps to meet angler demand by stocking approximately 33,750 trout into the Connecticut River each year. The river is also home to perch, bass, pickerel, walleye, pike, shad and alewife.

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman programs in New Hampshire are co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and the New Hampshire Wildlife Federation.

Image courtesy New Hampshire Fish and Game Department

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