New Hampshire: Learn to fly fish for trout this spring

This spring, learn how to fly fish for trout at a free course
being conducted by the Merrimack River Valley Chapter – Trout
Unlimited and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s “Let’s
Go Fishing Program.” The five-session course will be taught by
certified “Let’s Go Fishing” instructors Gerry Crow, Ron Hamel,
Stan Jodziewicz, Dick Peterson, Burr Tupper, and Mary Weiss. There
are two locations to choose from:

* HOOKSETT TOWN LIBRARY: Wednesdays, April 6, 13, 20 and 27, 6
p.m. to 8 p.m., plus an on-the-water experience on Saturday, April
30, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. To register, visit or call (603) 485-6092.

* MANCHESTER CITY LIBRARY: Thursdays, April 7, 14, 21 and 28,
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., plus an on-the-water experience on
Saturday, April 30, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. To register, visit or email
or call (603) 624-6550 ext. 323.

This course is for you if you can answer “yes” to any of these

* Do you want to learn how to cast a fly, but have nobody to
teach you?

* Do you have a spouse or friend that wants to learn how to fly

* Did you ever wonder what the fish were eating and what fly to

* Do you want to increase your depth of knowledge of fly

* Do you think learning to fly fish is too complicated and

Students are expected to attend all five classes in the course,
including one class session on the water that will teach you
everything you need to know to get started fly fishing.

Each one of the classes covers different aspects of the sport of
fly fishing, from choosing the appropriate rods and reels to
selecting the right fly. You will learn the aquatic insects, how to
identify them, their habitat and which flies to use to “match the
hatch.” Instructors will cover knots, on-stream safety and
etiquette, and how to set up your own “system.”

The course includes an introduction to fly-tying (tools will be
provided). While in class, you will learn to tie a fly that
guarantees you will catch a fish! Other topics include fishing
strategies and techniques and where to find good places to fish for
trout in New Hampshire. We will teach you to cast a fly rod (all
equipment is provided). This series of classes is designed not only
for the beginner, but also for intermediate fly anglers who wish to
improve their skills.

New Hampshire Fish and Game’s “Let’s Go Fishing” program is
federally funded through the Sport Fish Restoration Program. Find
more classes at

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