The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering a free Beginners Fly-Tying Course at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville. 

The course, which is open to anyone 16 years and older, will be held on May 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will cover the fundamentals of tying flies and is a prerequisite course for the Pechmann Center’s Fly-Tying Forum, which provides tiers with instruction in more advanced patterns and the opportunity for regular fly-tying practice.

The Beginners Fly-Tying Course provides students with a basic knowledge of fly-tying tools, materials, patterns and tying techniques. The course is taught in a series of steps, allowing students to build skills and steadily advance toward more complex flies. Students will complete six fly patterns in more than eight hours of instruction.

All tools and materials are provided. In addition, participants will receive a fly-tying handbook that includes the patterns tied in class. 

Due to space constraints, the course is limited to 15 participants and pre-registration is required. To register or for more information, contact Thomas Carpenter at 910-868-5003, ext. 15 or

The John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center is located at 7489 Raeford Road, across from Lake Rim. Wildlife Commission staff at the Pechmann Center conducts fishing workshops, events and clinics throughout the year. Most programs are free and open to the public. Click here to learn more about the center or to check on summer clinics.

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