Extended Weekend Fly-Fishing Course Offered for Women Only in N.C.
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will offer a three-day fly-fishing weekend for women on April 5-7 through the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program.
Activities will be held at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and Davidson River Campground, south of Asheville near Brevard, in Transylvania County. The registration fee is $125, but partial scholarships in amounts up to $90 are available.
“No previous experience is required,” said BB Gillen, outdoor skills coordinator for the Wildlife Commission. “This weekend is tailored for individuals, so each angler will gain new skills, improve techniques, and learn about the important role of anglers in conservation of mountain streams.”
Fly-fishing equipment will be provided, but participants can bring their own gear. The workshop will be held rain or shine, so bring sunscreen and rain gear. Other needed items include appropriate outdoor clothes, a sturdy hat and water bottle. Camping is optional, with other lodging opportunities located nearby.
The one-on-one instruction includes:
- Fly casting
- Fly tying
- Stream ecology
- Knot tying
- Basic equipment
On the final day, participants will practice their new skills in a guided fly fishing experience on prime trout waters.
Becoming an Outdoors-Woman is an international program in which women 18 years old and up can learn outdoor skills through hands-on experiences. In North Carolina, Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshops are held across the state and provide instruction on fishing, hunter safety, target shooting, archery, canoeing, motorboat safety, outdoor cooking, tracking and map-and-compass orienteering skills.
For more information on the three-day fly-fishing weekend, scholarship opportunities and gift certificates, contact Gillen at 919-218-3638 or bb [dot] gillen [at] ncwildlife [dot] org.