The weekend will include five skill-building sessions. Participants will search for aquatic organisms in stream ecology, learn to tie flies to mimic their finds, and get an education in waders, wading shoes, vests and other fishing tackle. Plenty of other aspects of flyfishing will be covered, too.
Pre-registration is required and limited to 25 participants 18 and older. The $125 fee covers instruction, equipment, weekend camping and lunch and snacks on Saturday.
Hatchery-supported waters open April 5
Anglers can hook into the 1,000 miles of hatchery-supported trout waters in North Carolina’s 25 western counties starting 7 a.m. on April 5. The season runs through Feb. 28, 2015.
The North Carolina Wildlife Commission marks its hatchery-supported trout waters with green-and-white signs, stocking them from March until August. Nearly 907,000 trout will be stocked, with 96 percent averaging 10 inches in length and the other fish exceeding 14 inches. Anglers can harvest a maximum seven trout daily, with no minimum size limits or bait restrictions. Remember, though to respect private property rights when heading out to hook a trophy.
“Opportunities to fish on many of these hatchery-supported trout streams are only available through the support and generosity of landowners,” said David Deaton, fish production supervisor for the Wildlife Commission. “It’s important for anglers to respect the property that they’re fishing on and remember that landowners can take away access if they feel their property is being misused.”
For a complete list of numbers and species stocked in each county, visit www.ncwildlife.org/troutfishing.