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Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211
Lisa Collins: (603) 271-3212
April 10, 2009


Fly-Fishing A-Z:  Beginner Workshop May 16-17 in Hillsborough

CONCORD, N.H. - As you start daydreaming about warm summer days, why not consider learning about the traditional and timeless sport of fly-fishing.  An upcoming free weekend workshop offers a chance to explore fly-fishing, an activity that will provide you with hours of enjoyment in the outdoors.  The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's "Let's Go Fishing" Program is pairing up with the New Hampshire Division of Forest and Lands to host "Fly-Fishing A-Z" on Saturday, May 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 17, 2009, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, at Fox Forest in Hillsborough, N.H. There is no charge for the class.

To sign up, you must print out and return a registration form, which can be found on the Fish and Game website at www.fishnh.com/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. 

Applications must be received by May 1 to reserve your spot in the workshop. Class space is limited, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. The class is open to anyone age 13 and over; however, those 16 and under 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 a local fishing hole 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; when you register, please let Fish and Game know if you will need to borrow their equipment.

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.

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. Visit www.FishNH.com.

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