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Fly Fishing Workshop

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Date: May 3, 2010
Contact: Dale Cox, 715-483-2272

Free Fly Fishing Workshop at Osceola Landing

The National Park Service at the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway will host a free fly fishing workshop at Osceola Landing on Saturday, May 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced angler, this is a unique opportunity to learn about basic and advanced casting techniques, as well as watershed ecology and conservation. Participants will become familiar with equipment used in freshwater fly fishing and will observe demonstrations of tying imitations of native aquatic insects, including nymphs, dry flies, and streamers. Park rangers and volunteers from the Federation of Fly Fisherswill also provide information on how stream conservation, watershed health, and a fly fishing ethic can affect the water quality of the St. Croix River.

Equipment will be available for use by workshop participants. This is a free program and no registration is required, but participants are encouraged to bring lunches and snacks. The workshop is designed for ages 13 and older. It will be canceled if there is severe weather.

Osceola Landing is located on the Minnesota side of the St. Croix River, off of Highway 243, a quarter mile west of Osceola, Wisconsin. The Highway 243 bridge is expected to be closed on May 22 due to a rehabilitation project. Access to the landing will be open from the Minnesota side. Check http://www.dot.state.mn.us/roadwork/current.html for current information.

For additional information on the workshop, contact Dale Cox at (715) 483-2272.

The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway was established by the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in 1968; it is one of a group of eight rivers in the country which first received this recognition. For 255 miles, the St. Croix River and its tributary, the Namekagon, flow through some of the most scenic and least developed country in the Upper Midwest.

For additional information on the Riverway, please call (715) 483-2274.

Did You Know?

two men with a circular ice saw.  In the background blocks of ice are moving up a ramp into an ice house

Before the invention of refrigerators, people harvested ice from rivers and lakes in the winter and stored the ice, covered in sawdust, in buildings. An ice house, storing ice from the river, once stood near the site of the park headquarters for St. Croix NSR, in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin.