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Karina Jolles: (603) 271-3212
Lisa Collins: (603) 271-3212 
Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211
May 13, 2008

North Country Fly-Fishing Workshop Offered

CONCORD, N.H. - If you're looking for something new and different to jump-start your summer, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's "Let's Go Fishing" Program and the New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation have a perfect solution.  "The North Country Experience" is a beginning fly-fishing weekend offered June 7 and 8, 2008, at Coleman State Park in Stewartstown, N.H.  This free course will give you the chance to learn about the traditional and timeless sport of fly-fishing.

To sign up, print out and return a registration form, which can be found on the Fish and Game website at www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Fishing/lets_go_fishing_class_schedule.htm.  Registration forms can also be obtained by calling Lisa Collins at (603) 271-3212 or e-mailing aquatic-ed@wildlife.nh.gov.  Registration forms must be received by May 23, but sign up early because class space is limited, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Participants will be notified within two weeks before the workshop if they are registered.  The class is open to anyone age 13 and up, however those 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Designed primarily for first-time fly-fishers, the workshop will cover the basics of equipment, fly casting, stream ecology, knot tying, safety and how to find those "hot spots" along New Hampshire's rivers and lakes.  The highlight of the two days will be Sunday, when we'll pull on our waders and head out to Little Diamond Pond to put our newly learned skills to the test!  Participants should plan to bring their own or borrowed equipment.  A limited number of rods will be available for use; please let Fish and Game know (state on the registration form) if you will need to borrow equipment.

Non-local participants are expected to make their own arrangements for overnight accommodations; camping is available by reservation at Coleman State Park, and there are also motels and lodges available in the area.  Participants are responsible for their own meals.

Over the past ten years, the Fish and Game Department's "Let's Go Fishing" program has taught thousands of children and adults to be safe, ethical and successful anglers. The program is federally funded through the Sport Fish Restoration Program. For more about the Let's Go Fishing program, visit www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Fishing/lets_go_fishing.htm.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department works to conserve, manage and protect the state's fish and wildlife and their habitats, as well as providing the public with opportunities to use and appreciate these resources.

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