Volunteers Learn New Method of Teaching Fly Fishing

By / Fishing / الثلاثاء, 18 تشرين2/نوفمبر 2014 05:00

Volunteer fishing instructors with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently completed training on a new way to teach fly fishing in preparation for basic fly-fishing clinics that start in January.
The free fly-fishing clinics, which will be offered at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville, are scheduled for Jan. 3, 17 and 31, and Feb. 14 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Two additional clinics for Boy Scouts are scheduled for Feb. 28 and March 14. Registration will open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis on Dec. 1. Thirteen volunteer fishing instructors completed six weeks of intensive training based on Wulff School of Fly Fishing principles and methods, which promote new and better ways to teach students how to cast correctly through hands-on training — a key component to being a successful fly-fishing angler.
“We found through talking with students who took previous classes that they wanted more practice time, fishing time, more hands-on time, which is what this method of teaching provides,” said Jeanette Gallaher, a Pechmann Center volunteer instructor. “One thing we found that matched what our students requested is the Wulff School’s hands-on method of a roll cast and a basic overhead cast.”
Volunteers who completed the training agreed that the Wulff School of Fly-Fishing method helped them with their casting skills, even though most are experienced fly-fishing anglers.

“Probably the single most important skill I learned is the construction of a good cast,” said volunteer Rod MacLean of Hope Mills. “I have noticed that my casting has improved through this training.”   

While the basic fly fishing clinics have been some of the most popular workshops that Pechmann Center staff and volunteers conduct throughout the year, staff hopes the new method of teaching will help the clinics run even smoother.

“All of our instructors are now trained in one method of fly-fishing, so students will be hearing the same message throughout the day no matter who is assisting them,” Gallaher said. “We hope students leave the classes with a solid base of knowledge of beginning fly casting.”

Read more about the new training methods, including first-hand assessments from volunteers, on the Commission’s Conserve and Protect blog.

For more information on fishing in public, inland waters, including an interactive map of more than 500 public fishing access areas throughout the state, visit the fishing page.

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