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North Carolina Women’s Fly Fishing Weekend

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BREVARD, N.C.— The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering a women-only fly-fishing weekend on Oct. 21-23 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 a light lunch and snacks on Saturday. The 3-day program, which will be held rain or shine, is being offered through the Wildlife Commission's Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program.

Accommodations are at an outdoor campground. While participants are encouraged to bring their own tents and equipment, two small group 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 about proper 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 instructors will offer one-on-one instruction.

Pre-registration is required and the weekend is limited to 25 participants. To register or for more information, contact Gillen at or 919-218-3638. The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education is located near Brevard, just south of Asheville, by the Davidson River in Transylvania County.