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North Carolina PHWFF & Pechmann Fly Fishing Course

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Tom Carpenter, PHWFF-Program Lead in Fayetteville, North Carolina notes that the group launched its monthly Fly-tying Forum. The gathering took place at 6:30pm, Thursday, September 22nd at the Pechmann Center. This month's fly pattern is the Copper John which is sure to interest and challenge everyone. For more info on future monthly meetings of the Fly-tying Forum, contact Carpenter at 910-868-5003 or 910-494-2757

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering three free fishing courses in October at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center, in Fayetteville.

Intermediate Fly-Fishing II Course

This course takes participants beyond the basics and introduces them to using the line-hand, false casting, casting on all planes and the shooting line. Participants also learn how to develop power application and cast accurately. This course is based on the Wulff method used in the basic classes. Participants must have completed a Basic Fly-fishing Clinic or Discovery Course offered in 2015, or the Basic Fly-fishing Clinic in 2016. Held on Oct. 8, the course is limited to the first 30 people, and Pre-registration is required. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. and classes are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Beginning Fly-Tying Course

This three-day, (Oct 18, 19 & 20 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.) Fly-tying Course is designed to provide a basic knowledge of fly-tying tools, materials, patterns, and tying techniques. Trained instructors begin with simple fly patterns and steadily advance toward more complex flies, allowing the students to build on their skills. Students will complete six fly patterns over approximately eight hours of instruction. The course is limited to 25 participants. All tools and materials are provided. In addition, participants will receive a Fly-tying Handbook that provides them with reference to the patterns tied in class.

This course is suitable for ages 12 years old and older. However, participants 12 to 15 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required.

Fly-Tying Forum – Oct. 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The monthly fly-tying forum is the 4th Thursday of each month (next is Oct 27). It provides an opportunity to enhance fly-tying skills. It is an extension of the Commission’s Beginning Fly-tying Course, and participants are given a handout for each pattern that includes the materials list and tying instructions so they can practice at home. The handout may be added to the fly-tying handbook that participants receive in the Beginning Fly-tying Course. While participants are encouraged to use their own equipment, equipment and materials are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. This forum is open to participants of all skill levels ages 10 and up; however, participants 15 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Pre-registration is required.

For more contact Thomas Carpenter,, 910-86-5003, ext. 11