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Karina Jolles: (603) 271-3212
Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211             
Lisa Collins: (603) 271-3212
April 3, 2009

Instructors Needed: "Let's Go Fishing" Wants YOU!

CONCORD, N.H. -- Attention experienced anglers!  The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department needs you as a volunteer fishing instructor for the Let's Go Fishing program, where you'll have a chance to teach basic and/or fly fishing to youth and adults.

New this year, individuals being certified must attend two free half-day training sessions.  The first training will cover the ins and outs of the N.H. Fish and Game Department and Let's Go Fishing program's (LGF), policy and procedures.  The second session will focus on a specific program - either basic fishing or fly fishing; this will be a hands-on experience where prospective instructors will be put through an abbreviated "real life" LGF course.  Topics covered include ethics, pond ecology, rules and regulations, equipment, safety and skills.  If instructors want to teach both basic and fly fishing courses, they will need to attend a hands-on training session for each, in addition to the first overview training class. 

The Let's Go Fishing program will hold the first half of the two-part certification training for new fishing instructors on the following dates (it is only necessary to attend one of these training classes; morning refreshments will be provided):

  • Saturday, April 25, 2009, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, at Fish and Game Headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive in Concord; or
  • Saturday, May 2, 2009, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, at the Fish and Game Twin Mountain Fish Hatchery.

Dates and locations for the second half of the certification training are as follows:

FLY FISHING:  Sunday, May 3, 2009, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center, 387 Perch Pond Road in Holderness.  Lunch will be provided.

BASIC FISHING - Choose only ONE of these four training dates (Note -- trainings will be held only if five or more individuals sign up.):

1) Saturday, May 9, 2009, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Fish and Game Headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive in Concord.  Morning refreshments will be provided.

2) Wednesday, May 13, 2009, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., at Fish and Game Region 1 office, 629B Main Street in Lancaster.  Dinner will be provided.

3) Thursday, May 14, 2009, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., at Fish and Game Headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive in Concord.  Dinner will be provided.

4) Saturday, May 23, 2009, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Fish and Game Region 1 office, 629B Main Street in Lancaster.  Morning refreshments will be provided.

The certification program is required in order to be an instructor in this long-standing program.  Training is free.  To sign up, call Lisa Collins at (603) 271-3212 or email aquatic-ed@wildlife.nh.gov; in addition, you must print out and return a Let's Go Fishing volunteer application form, which can be found on the Fish and Game website at  www.fishnh.com/Fishing/lets_go_fishing.htm  (or ask to get one by mail when you call).  Applications must be received by April 20 to reserve your spot in the trainings.

After completing the training, participants have the opportunity to join an existing team of volunteer fishing instructors who present programs across the state.  The Let's Go Fishing program also offers: saltwater fishing, ice fishing, fly tying, and saltwater fly fishing.

Thousands of children and adults have learned to be safe, ethical and successful anglers through the Let's Go Fishing program. The program is federally funded through the Sport Fish Restoration Program -- a true user-pay, user-benefit 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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