The Fishing Wire reports a new public fishing access area on the Fisher River in Surry County. The Bray Ford Public Fishing Area is a partnership between the Commission and Surry County and is located just south of Dobson. It consists of a gravel parking area and wooden rails on which to slide paddlecraft. In 2017 the plan to develop a new access area upstream of Bray Ford that will serve as a launch point for anglers taking off at Bray Ford.
Upstream reaches of Fisher River offer hatchery supported trout fishing. The Bray Ford section of Fisher River is relatively shallow and rocky and offers great wade and paddlecraft fishing for spotted and smallmouth bass, redbreast sunfish, and bullhead catfishes. This section is not suitable for larger, motorized boats.
This October the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education will offering seven workshops. They’re free, (exception for the Beyond the BOW weekend) on a first-come, first-serve basis (online registration required).
Oct. 1 - Introduction to Fly Fishing from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open to ages 12 and older. Learn the basics of fly-fishing, such as equipment, knots, casting, and aquatic entomology. All equipment and materials will be provided. Participants should bring a lunch and non-slip shoes or waders.
Oct. 1 – Introduction to Tenkara from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open to participants 14 and older. Join guest presenter Jason Sparks of Appalachian Tenkara as he introduces the newly popular form of traditional Japanese fly fishing, Tenkara. Topics covered will include a history of angling style, equipment orientation, a unique perspective on Japanese flies (Kebari), and Tenkara methods to use in local waters. A hands-on learning session will follow the classroom instruction. Participants should bring a lunch. Limited to 15 participants.
Oct. 6 – On the Water: Little River from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open to participants 12 and older. Participants can practice their fly-fishing skills on Little River in DuPont State Recreational Forest under the supervision of experienced fly-fishing instructors. Participants will learn about delayed-harvest trout regulations, wading, reading the water, fly selection, presentation, casting, knots, and stream entomology. Equipment and materials will be provided. Participants will meet at the Hooker Falls Parking Area.
Oct. 7 – Advanced Fly Tying: Dry Flies from 9 a.m. to noon. Open to participants 12 and older. Nymph fishing is an effective tactic when there are no fish rising and is one of the most common fly-fishing techniques used today. Participants will learn how to tie a variety of mayfly, caddis and stonefly patters for subsurface fishing techniques.
Oct. 11 – On the Water: East Fork French Broad from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open to participants 12 and older. Participants will practice their fly-fishing skills under the supervision of experienced fly-fishing instructors. Participants will learn about delayed-harvest trout regulations, wading, reading the water, fly selection, presentation, casting, knots, and stream entomology. Equipment and materials will be provided. Participants will meet at the Exxon/Kountry Mart store in Rosman.
Oct. 14 – Fishing the Dry Fly from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open to participants 12 and older. Participants will learn techniques and tactics of angling with a dry fly — a challenging yet rewarding way to enhance a fly-fishing experience. This course will include sections on equipment, presentation skills for dry flies, dry fly selection for specific situations and adaption to selective trout. Participants should bring a bagged lunch.
Oct. 21-23 – Beyond BOW: Introduction to Fly Fishing. Open to women 18 and older. This class is an extension of the Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) program. Learn the basics of fly fishing, including knots, fly tying, casting and aquatic entomology. Participants will spend time on the water fishing. The cost is $225 per person and all equipment, materials and meals are provided. To register contact BB Gillen at 919-218-3638.
For more visit www.ncwildlife.org/learning.