A few spaces remain for four fly-fishing clinics the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting in January and February at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.
The Commission, along with Fayetteville-Cumberland County Parks and Recreation, will conduct four basic fly-fishing clinics from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 4, 18, Feb. 1 and 15. Basic clinics are ideal for participants who have very limited or no experience with fly-fishing. Instructors will discuss and demonstrate proper fly-fishing techniques, such as casting, rigging and knot tying.
The clinics will begin with a 30-minute overview on the sport of fly-fishing, followed by interactive classes and on-the-water instruction.
To make this unique trout-fishing opportunity in eastern North Carolina, Wildlife Commission staff stocked two ponds on Dec. 20 with 1,000 catchable-sized brook, rainbow and brown trout. The trout were raised at the agency’s Bobby N. Setzer State Fish Hatchery in Transylvania County.
In addition to stocking the ponds, the Commission will provide loaner rods, reels and tackle to participants in all clinics.
Clinics are limited to the first 40 people, and pre-registration is required. Interested anglers should contact the Pechmann Center at 910-868-5003. A registration fee of $5 for each participant will be collected the morning of the clinic by Fayetteville-Cumberland County Parks and Recreation.
Starting Jan. 8, the Commission will conduct fly-fishing clinics for soldiers from Fort Bragg’s Wounded Warrior Transition Battalion from 1-5 p.m. These free clinics, which are open only to soldiers and their families, will be held on the second Wednesday of each month through March.
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