1,000 trout released into Lake Rim North Carolina
Staff photo by Andrew Craft
Fish technician Kevin Gabel scoops out a net full of rainbow and brook trout and prepares to hand them over to Robert Grover. The Wildlife Commission stocked the ponds at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center for fly-fishing clinics that start in January.
More than 1,000 rainbow and brook trout were released into ponds at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center at Lake Rim this week for four fly-fishing clinics that will begin in January.
A collaborative effort between Fayetteville-Cumberland County Parks and Recreation, the North Carolina Wildlife Resoures Commission and local volunteers, the clinics will offer instruction on casting, rigging, knot-tying and more.
The clinics are scheduled for Jan. 17, Jan. 28, Feb. 11 and March 4, starting at 9 a.m. The March clinic will address more advanced topics, such as fishing with double hooks.
“We find out that people want to go fly-fishing, but when you go to the mountains, it’s too intimidating to get out there and go. Here you’ve got a volunteer that works with you so you can get the feel and be alot more comfortable when you go do it by yourself,” said Kris Benson, director of the fishing center.
Professional fly-fishing guide Al Kittridge, who has been featured on ESPN, will be among intructors at the clinics.
“This is a great opportunity to show people the basics and get them hooked on it. They’ll catch a few fish and hopefully they’ll get the bug,” Kittridge said.
He emphasized that fly-fishing can be done on a small budget, you can catch bass and bream with a fly rod and it doesn’t have to be a solitary sport. The fish were re-located by the Commission from the Pisgah State Hatchery. The Commission will also provide loaner rods, reels and tackle at all clinics.
The $5 classes are filling up fast.Call 424-6134 to reserve your spot.
By Monica Holland