CONTACTS:
Karina Walsh: (603) 271-3212
Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211
Lisa Collins: (603) 271-3212
May 12, 2009

North Country Fly-Fishing Workshop June 6-7, 2009

CONCORD, N.H. -- Need an excuse to visit beautiful northern New Hampshire?  Have you been thinking about learning how to fly fish?  If so, 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 opportunity for you.  "Fly Fishing: The North Country Experience" is a beginning fly-fishing weekend offered June 6 and 7, 2009, 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.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.  Registration forms must be received by May 29, but sign up early because class space is limited; 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 over, 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 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.

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

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.fishnh.com/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. Visit www.fishnh.com.

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