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Karina Jolles: (603) 271-3212
Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211
Lisa Collins: (603) 271-3212
August 29, 2008

Free Fly-Fishing Class Offered in Barrington, N.H.

CONCORD, N.H. - An upcoming workshop offers a chance to learn about the traditional and timeless sport of fly-fishing.  The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's "Let's Go Fishing" Program is teaming up with The Trust for Public Land to host a free fly fishing class on Saturday, September 20, 2008, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Sunday, September 21, 2008, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Stonehouse Pond in Barrington -- one of southern New Hampshire's most beloved fly fishing destinations.

To sign up for this event, you must 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 emailing aquatic-ed@wildlife.nh.gov.  The class is open to anyone age 13 and over, however those 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.  Class space is limited, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Applications must be received by September 12, 2008.

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 Stonehouse 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 if you will need to borrow their equipment.

Located in Barrington, Stonehouse Pond is a pristine 14-acre fly-fishing-only "Great Pond" that offers anglers a wilderness experience in New Hampshire's Coastal region.  The privately owned pond has been a conservation priority for the Town of Barrington and the conservation community for years.  Recently, the Trust for Public Land entered into an agreement with the landowners to permanently protect the property, including the pond shoreline and 250 acres of forested uplands.  Once conserved, the property will be forever protected against subdivision and development, and will remain open to the public for fishing, hiking and other recreational uses.  We encourage you to join us in learning essential fly fishing skills and more about this unique property. 

The Trust for Public Land (TPL) conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens, and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come.  Since its inception in 1972, TPL has completed 3,763 land conservation projects in 46 states, protecting 2.5 million acres across the country.  TPL has conserved more than 230,000 acres in New Hampshire, including such iconic landscapes as the Daniel Webster Farm in Franklin, Robb Reservoir in Stoddard, the Isinglass River property in Strafford, and the Connecticut Lakes Headwaters in Coos County.  TPL works with willing landowners, community groups, and national, state, and local agencies, applying real estate and legal expertise to assist both landowners seeking to protect properties and public agencies seeking to bring open space into the public domain.

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.  Over the past decade, 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. Visit Fish and Game at www.FishNH.com.

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