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Free Fly Fishing Workshop

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Date: May 20, 2013
Contact: Dale Cox, 715-483-2272

Free Fly Fishing Workshops on June 8 and 9

ST. CROIX FALLS, Wisconsin: Free fly fishing workshops will be held the weekend of June 8 and 9 at William O'Brien and Wild River State Parks. The workshops will be led by Park Ranger John Eret and volunteers from the Federation of Fly Fishers.

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. The workshops will also provide information on how stream conservation, watershed health, and a fly fishing ethic can affect the water quality of the St. Croix River.

Saturday, June 8, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at William O'Brien State Park

The morning session will consist of fundamentals, equipment, and fly tying. The afternoon session will focus on casting demonstrations, with hands-on instruction in small groups. Entrance to William O'Brien State Park is free on this date as part of National Get Outdoors Day and the Minnesota State Parks annual Open House!

Sunday, June 9, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Wild River State Park

The morning session will consist of fundamentals, equipment, and fly tying. The afternoon session will focus on casting demonstrations, with hands-on instruction in small groups. There is no charge for the workshop, but an annual or daily Minnesota state park vehicle pass is required to enter the park.

Equipment will be available for use by workshop participants. These are free programs and no registration is required. Participants should bring lunches and snacks. The workshops are designed for ages 13 and older. They will be canceled if there is severe weather.

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


 

Did You Know?

Blackand white old photo of three men standing on logs loaded on a wagon with horses attached

In 1872 3,500 men, 1,600 horses and 250 oxen logged off 35,000 acres cutting some 200 million board feet of logs. "Taylors Falls Reporter". In 1883 the Boom in Stillwater, Minnesota, which collected logs coming down the St. Croix River, reported 1,397,417 logs for 217,045,647 board feet.