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Karina Walsh: (603) 271-3212
Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211         
Lisa Collins: (603) 271-3212
March 24, 2010

Sorry -- this class is FULL; registration has closed.

Beginning Fly-Fishing Class Offered in Hancock, N.H., May 15-16, 2010

CONCORD, N.H. – Learn how to fly fish this spring!  Join the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s “Let’s Go Fishing” Program and the Harris Center for Conservation Education for a free workshop offering you the chance to learn about the exciting sport of fly-fishing.  “Fly-Fishing A-Z” will be held on Saturday, May 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 16, 2010, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Harris Center in Hancock, N.H.

To sign up for this class, you must print out and return a registration form, which can be found on the Fish and Game website at wildlife.state.nh.us/Fishing/lets_go_fishing_class_schedule.htm or the Harris Center website at www.harriscenter.org/Programs/programs.htm.  Registration forms can also be obtained by contacting Lisa Collins at (603) 271-3212 or 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 April 30 to reserve your spot in the workshop.

Designed primarily for first-time fly-anglers, 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 participants will pull on waders and head out to a local fishing hole to put their 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 equipment.

Once you have completed the course, you'll be ready to plan your summer in line with the philosophy of Chuck Clark, who said, "Three-fourths of the Earth's surface is water, and one-fourth is land.  It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn."

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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