The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program will offer a fly-fishing workshop May 15–17 at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and the North Mills River Campground, both located near Brevard in Transylvania County.
The registration fee is $125, but scholarships are available.
The one-on-one instruction includes casting techniques, stream ecology, basic knots and fly-tying. On the final day, participants will practice their new skills in a guided fly-fishing experience on prime trout waters.
Fly-fishing equipment will be provided, but participants can bring their own gear. The workshop will be held rain or shine, so bring sunscreen and rain gear. Participants should bring appropriate outdoors clothes, a sturdy hat and water bottle. Camping is optional, with other lodging opportunities nearby.
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The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education is located at 1401 Fish Hatchery Road in Pisgah Forest near Brevard. The center explores North Carolina’s mountain wildlife and habitats through regular programs and activities.
The center also features five large aquariums representing different aquatic habitats. Visitors can walk next door to the Bobby N. Setzer Fish Hatchery, where trout are raised in 54 raceways.
For more information on the fishing weekend, scholarship opportunities and gift certificates, contact Outdoor Skills Coordinator BB Gillen at 919-218-3638 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Observer News Services
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Coy Robinson and Jeff Smith paired to win a Catawba Catfish Club tournament Saturday with a record catch for Fishing Creek Reservoir.
The pair from Chester, S.C., had a limit of three catfish weighing 81.35 pounds. Included was the largest single fish of the event at the lake near Great Falls, S.C., a 47.75-pounder.
Counting big fish bonus money, Robinson and Smith earned $890 in topping anglers in 39 other boats. Tom Higgins
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