Fly-Fish for Trout at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center

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Fly-fishing instructors Pete Valenti and Al Kittredge help stock trout for upcoming fly-fishing clinics at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center.RALEIGH, N.C. – Anglers can fish for trout this winter without leaving Cumberland County.

In December, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission stocked more than 1,000 brook, brown and rainbow trout in two ponds at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center for several upcoming fly-fishing clinics during January, February and March.

The clinics, sponsored by the Commission and the Cumberland-Fayetteville Parks and Recreation Department, will begin at 9 a.m. with a 1-hour overview on the sport of fly-fishing, followed by interactive classes and on-the-water instructions. Clinics will end at 3:00 p.m. 

The first three fly-fishing clinics, scheduled for Jan. 10, 24 and Feb. 7, are open to first-time participants only and will focus on fly-fishing basics, such as casting, knot-tying, laws and regulations and general equipment knowledge. On Feb. 21, an advanced clinic for anglers who have previous fly-fishing experience will cover more complex techniques, such as advanced casting, fly-tying and equipment assembly.

Scouts can earn their fly-fishing merit badges at one of two clinics held on March 14 and 21.

Soldiers from Fort Bragg’s Wounded Warrior Transition Battalion can attend fly-fishing classes on the second Wednesday of January, February and March from 1p.m. until 5p.m.  

In addition to stocking the ponds with trout, Commission personnel will provide loaner rods, reels and tackle to all registered participants.

Clinics are limited to the first 40 people, and pre-registration is required. Last year, clinics filled up quickly and Kris Smith, center director, expects the same positive response this year.

“These clinics provide a great opportunity to anyone who has ever wanted to improve or learn to fly-fish,” Smith said. “By providing all materials and knowledgeable instructors, we can help just about anyone land some nice-sized fish.” 

 Interested anglers should pre-register with the Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation at Lake Rim, (910) 424-6134. A fee of $5 for each participant is due at the time of registration. 

For more information on fishing in inland, public fishing waters, contact the Division of Inland Fisheries at (919) 707-0220 or visit the fishing section.