Fly Fishing Clinic Scheduled to Hook Women Anglers

Aug. 18 2004

LEWISTON - Women interested in the sport of fly fishing are encouraged to sign up for a clinic designed to introduce the beginner angler to casting techniques, equipment use, knot tying and fly selection.

The clinic will include an evening presentation in Lewiston on September 8 then an overnight campout and two days of fishing and instruction on a north Idaho scenic river September 11 and 12. The registration cost is $40 for adults and $20 for young women 12 to 17 years old, which includes a Saturday evening Dutch oven dinner. Fly rods and reels will be provided to those who do not own equipment, but students must bring all other camping gear, meals and waders.

Sponsored by the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), Kelly Creek Flycasters and the IDFG, the overall goal is to introduce women to the joys of fly fishing by providing them basic information and hands-on experiences. More importantly, the clinic will provide the foundation for women to become outdoor leaders and to develop a network of women with similar interests.

"This will be fun way to learn and develop skills in a very satisfying hobby," says Theresa Luna, NWTF coordinator for Women In The Outdoors program. "After this event, the women will definitely have gained the confidence needed to go out and be successful."

Register by September 1 by contacting Theresa Luna at (208) 435-4464. For technical fishing-related questions, call Zack Funkhouser at 743-0435. Registration forms are available at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG), 1540 Warner Ave. Lewiston, ID 83501. Space is limited and registration will be first-come-first serve.

A participating parent or guardian must accompany young women who register. Participants will receive a 1-year membership to the National Wild Turkey Federal, the quarterly magazine from the Women in Outdoors, and a NWTF coffee mug.

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