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Hook, Line and Sinker: Local Fishing Report and Photos for January 15th, 2014

Capt Mike Harrison
Lucy’s Choice Bay Charters

Perhaps you’ve seen stories about the fly fishing clinics in the Gazette recently.  The clinics are held in Fayetteville at one of four Wildlife Education Centers that North Carolina operates. The classes were well advertised and scheduled for January 4th, Jan 18th, Feb 1st and Feb 15th.  To register for the training all you need do is call 910-868-5003.   When you arrive for the clinic you’ll have to pay a whoppin’ $5.00 for the all day instruction.     My #1 son-in-law, Luke, and I attended the first available day, January 4th,. and here’s how it went:   We paid the $5 and proceeded to have hot coffee and doughnuts while meeting with some of the other guests and instructors.  Then we had a session on knot tying, a short video, and some classroom demonstration and instruction from a couple of professionals.  Oh by the way, our class of about 18 mostly first time fly fishing men and women was assisted by 12 to 15 “volunteer” instructors who were there just because they “love fly fishing” and want to help others learn the sport!  Following the in class training, we went outside where our hosts provided fly rods and whatever equipment we needed to progress through four stages of hands-on training.  Then, after lunch, the real fun began!  We were directed to small ponds that were recently stocked with hundreds of brook, rainbow, and brown trout, just in from the NC mountains!  There, we could fish for as long as we liked.  I was lucky enough to catch the first trout! (Well, actually, I made the cast, an instructor took over to show me how to “jiggle the wooly booger”, a fish hit, and he handed the rod back to me to bring him in.   Never mind the incidental details… I’m still sayin’ I caught that fish!)  Son-in-law Luke caught way too many fish!  They should have made him quit, but they didn’t.
The bottom line is this:  It costs $5.  You’ll meet some very nice people, learn a heck-of-a-lot, and catch some mountain trout.  What’s not to like about that?  Call ‘em already!  910-868-5003.
Wishing you the best,
Capt Mike Harrison
Lucy’s Choice Bay Charters

Brown Trout, caught and released by Luke Worley at the NC Fly-fishing clinic.

Brown Trout on a Wooly-Booger!  Read all about it in Hook Line & Sinker.

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