Altmar, N.Y. – The Tug Hill/Black River Chapter of Trout Unlimited in cooperation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will sponsor a two-day fly fishing seminar for women May 14 and 15 on the Salmon River in Altmar.
Instructor Lindsay Agness said the seminar is geared exclusively for women who want to improve their fly fishing skills.
“It will cover instruction from beginner to advanced stages of fly-fishing, fly fishing tips and tactics, and hands-on instruction pertaining to Lake Ontario tributary-style fishing, which can also be applied to many other streams, creeks and rivers,” said Agness.
The seminar takes place in a relaxed atmosphere at the NYS DEC Salmon River Fish Hatchery, 2133 Co. Rte. 22, Altmar. Students will learn how stream entomology applies to tying flies that fish species may consume, beginner and intermediate fly-tying, and how to rig and make advanced fly casts using traditional fly rods and reels.
“There will be highly skilled experienced female and male instructors on hand to provide guidance so everyone has ample opportunities to learn,” said Agness. “The course will encompass indoor and outdoor classroom settings as well as actual fishing in the Salmon River for trout and other freshwater species.”
Classes will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15. Breakfast and lunch are provided.
The deadline to register is April 30. Registration is $20 per day and $35 for both days. Participants must be age 18 or older and have a current New York State fishing license. Class size will be limited to 20 students.
The seminars will be held rain or shine. Participants should dress for the weather and bring bug repellant and sun block as needed. Waders are recommended but not necessary. However, anglers should wear adequate hip boots if not wearing waders, as the water temperatures may still be chilly in mid-May. Equipment will be available at the seminar, but those who have a good working fly rod set-up should bring it.
Pre-registrations can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Women’s Fly Seminar c/o Lindsay Agness TU” in the subject line. Checks should be made payable to “Tug Hill/Black River Chapter of TU” and mailed to Lindsay Agness, TU Seminars, 60 Monroe St., Honeoye Falls, NY 14472. Those with questions may e-mail Agness at the above address.
For current fishing conditions and Oswego County visitor information, go to www.visitoswegocounty.com or call the Oswego County Tourism Office at 1-800-248-4FUN or 315-349-8322.
Trout Unlimited’s women’s fly fishing seminar offers the chance to learn fly fishing skills in a relaxed atmosphere on the Salmon River. Sponsored by the Tug Hill/Black River Chapter, the seminar takes place May 14 and 15 in Altmar. (Photo courtesy of Oswego County Tourism Office.)
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