The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering two free fishing workshops and two free Cub Scout fishing adventures in July at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center, in Fayetteville.
An “Introductory to Fly Casting” workshop will be held on July 7 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. This course is designed for beginning fly anglers or those with little experience who want to refine their skills. It will cover roll casting and basic casting using Joan Wulff’s method of fly casting, which provides anglers with the foundation for more advance casting.
The workshop is limited to 20 participants to ensure adequate one-on-one coaching from experienced volunteer instructors. It is suitable for ages 12 years old and up; however, participants 12 to 15 years old must be accompanied by an adult. All equipment is provided; however, participants are required to wear close-toe shoes, a hat with a visor and eyewear (polarized sunglasses are recommended.)
A “Beginner’s Fly Tying” workshop will be held on July 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The workshop, which will cover the fundamentals of tying flies, is suitable for ages 12 and up although participants 12 to 15 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Participants will learn about fly-tying tools, materials, patterns and tying techniques. The workshop 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.
All tools and materials are provided. In addition, participants will receive a fly-tying handbook that includes the patterns tied in class.
Pre-registration online is required for the workshops. Check-in for both workshops begins 30 minutes prior to the start of the program. For more information about the workshops, contact Pechmann Center Director Thomas Carpenter at 910-868-5003, ext. 11 or Thomas.firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Cub Scouts, the Pechmann Center is holding two sessions of “A Bear Goes Fishing: Cub Scout Fishing Adventures” on July 23. The first adventure will run from 9 a.m. to noon; the second, 1 to 4 p.m. During each adventure, which is designed to meet the scouting requirements for the Bear Elective Adventure: A Bear Goes Fishing badge, scouts will learn about three species of fish, local fishing regulations and fishing equipment. They will spend the last part of each session fishing in the Pechmann Center’s stocked ponds.
All materials and equipment will be provided. Each adventure is limited to 50 scouts with a maximum of 10 scouts from an individual den. Registration is required and den leaders should contact Carpenter at 910-868-5003, ext. 11, to preregister.
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. For more information about the center, or to see a schedule of upcoming events, visit Commission's Learning page. For more information on fishing in public, inland waters, visit the Fishing page.