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 Post subject: 2nd Basic Fly Fish Clinic @ NCWRC Pechmann Center 1-21-12
PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 1:00 pm 
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Mother Nature and a lot of luck was on our side as we skirted all around the weatherman's predictions of 100% chance of rain on 1-21-12 at the NCWRC John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center. We hosted a full house of novice fishermen who wanted to learn the basics of fly fishing. We had rain, so they were right with the 100% forecast, but we were inside for the initial short downpour. It then held off until 3:30 pm when it came down again in earnest. However, we did have some drizzle and a good breeze which made casting a challenge for those on the downwind side of the ponds. We try to spread that challenge out by rotating participants from one side to the other about half way through the afternoon.



[img width=640 height=480]http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y92/Allieworm/IMGP6457.jpg[/img]
Fayetteville's Lake Rim Park handles our pre-registration and the actual check in for each event.


[img width=640 height=480]http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y92/Allieworm/IMGP6465.jpg[/img]
We follow the airline procedure of "overbooking" because there are normally several "no shows". Everyone, including a couple of "walk in's",showed up today and we had to set up an extra row of chairs. We never turn anyone away at the door.


[img width=640 height=480]http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y92/Allieworm/IMGP6462.jpg[/img]
Jeanette, our world record holder (for line class), took the lead in the introductory or overview portion of the instruction today. She is a very accomplished fly fisherwomen and has a unique way of sharing her passion for the sport with others. I have been working along side her for several years and it is especially gratifying to watch her work one-on-one with someone until they cast fairly well and end up catching several fish.


[img width=640 height=480]http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y92/Allieworm/IMGP6461.jpg[/img]
We help set the tone with a demonstration of fly tying techniques out in the lobby during "check in". Our roster of volunteer instructors includes some very good fly tyers.


[img width=640 height=480]http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y92/Allieworm/IMGP6478.jpg[/img]
Break out sessions with small groups rotate through several hands-on teaching stations. Lots of times it is the little things that leave folks scratching their head to the point of thinking "this fly fishing stuff is too complicated for me".


[img width=640 height=480]http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y92/Allieworm/IMGP6496.jpg[/img]
"Ok, now put it through the loop twice and pull on the tag ends"


[img width=640 height=480]http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y92/Allieworm/IMGP6494.jpg[/img]
Healthy habitat and fishermen's ethics are important regardless of your method of fishing.


[img width=640 height=480]http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y92/Allieworm/IMGP6484.jpg[/img]
New crew today handling "Trout Rules & Regulations" - We rotate areas of responsibility from time to time to build "depth" in our roster of volunteer instructors.

[img width=640 height=480]http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y92/Allieworm/IMGP6481.jpg[/img]
Casting instruction starts with a short talk and demonstration


[img width=640 height=480]http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y92/Allieworm/IMGP6493.jpg[/img]
Followed by hands-on casting under the watchful eye of a volunteer instructor. It was very breezy today so several moved to the opposite side of the pond in an attempt to avoid the nemesis of all fly fishermen - wind in the face.


[img width=780 height=585]http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y92/Allieworm/P1213789.jpg[/img]
The afternoons are reserved for fishing and this always puts smiles on faces. We had a drizzle or two and breezes coming from all directions but luckily the real hard rain held off until the end.


[img width=640 height=480]http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y92/Allieworm/IMGP6516.jpg[/img]
Ya got to kiss the first one or it will also be the last one. Lot's of ladies out for our clinic again today.


[img width=640 height=480]http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y92/Allieworm/IMGP6521.jpg[/img]
Rain or shine, it don't get much better then this!


[img width=780 height=585]http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y92/Allieworm/P1213790.jpg[/img]
Our volunteers work for smiles and we were well paid today.


[img width=640 height=480]http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y92/Allieworm/IMGP6523.jpg[/img]
Once this young fellow saw the size of the catfish he said "To heck with them little trout - I'm going after something bigger!"

And so ends another great day of sharing our passion for fly fishing with others. We hope some of them are bitten by the bug and are now leafing through fly fishing catalogs or Googling fly fishing sites on the internet to learn more.

We have one more basic clinic scheduled for Feb 4th, an Advanced Clinic on Feb 18th, Boy Scouts on Mar 10th and Mar 24th. All dates are on a Saturday with a start time of 9:00am and end time of 3:30pm. Registration through Lake Rim Park (424-6134). The cost is $5. Pre-registration is required. The basic clinics fill very fast so pass this information along to all of your friends.

The NCWRC Pechmann Fishing Education Center also hosts Wounded Warriors, NC Handicapped Sportsmen and any military and their families on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 1-5pm - (That's Febuary 8th next month). We offer fly tying and basic fly fishing instruction. The catfish ponds are also open for bait fishing. At least half of the afternoon will be spent fishing.

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 Post subject: Re: 2nd Basic Fly Fish Clinic @ NCWRC Pechmann Center 1-21-12
PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 6:46 pm 
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Al wrote:
Mother Nature and a lot of luck was on our side as we skirted all around the weatherman's predictions of 100% chance of rain on 1-21-12 at the NCWRC John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center. We hosted a full house of novice fishermen who wanted to learn the basics of fly fishing. We had rain, so they were right with the 100% forecast, but we were inside for the initial short downpour. It then held off until 3:30 pm when it came down again in earnest. However, we did have some drizzle and a good breeze which made casting a challenge for those on the downwind side of the ponds. We try to spread that challenge out by rotating participants from one side to the other about half way through the afternoon.



Image
Fayetteville's Lake Rim Park handles our pre-registration and the actual check in for each event.


Image
We follow the airline procedure of "overbooking" because there are normally several "no shows". Everyone, including a couple of "walk in's",showed up today and we had to set up an extra row of chairs. We never turn anyone away at the door.


Image
Jeanette, our world record holder (for line class), took the lead in the introductory or overview portion of the instruction today. She is a very accomplished fly fisherwomen and has a unique way of sharing her passion for the sport with others. I have been working along side her for several years and it is especially gratifying to watch her work one-on-one with someone until they cast fairly well and end up catching several fish.


Image
We help set the tone with a demonstration of fly tying techniques out in the lobby during "check in". Our roster of volunteer instructors includes some very good fly tyers.


Image
Break out sessions with small groups rotate through several hands-on teaching stations. Lots of times it is the little things that leave folks scratching their head to the point of thinking "this fly fishing stuff is too complicated for me".


Image
"Ok, now put it through the loop twice and pull on the tag ends"


Image
Healthy habitat and fishermen's ethics are important regardless of your method of fishing.


Image
New crew today handling "Trout Rules & Regulations" - We rotate areas of responsibility from time to time to build "depth" in our roster of volunteer instructors.

Image
Casting instruction starts with a short talk and demonstration


Image
Followed by hands-on casting under the watchful eye of a volunteer instructor. It was very breezy today so several moved to the opposite side of the pond in an attempt to avoid the nemesis of all fly fishermen - wind in the face.


Image
The afternoons are reserved for fishing and this always puts smiles on faces. We had a drizzle or two and breezes coming from all directions but luckily the real hard rain held off until the end.


Image
Ya got to kiss the first one or it will also be the last one. Lot's of ladies out for our clinic again today.


Image
Rain or shine, it don't get much better then this!


Image
Our volunteers work for smiles and we were well paid today.


Image
Once this young fellow saw the size of the catfish he said "To heck with them little trout - I'm going after something bigger!"

And so ends another great day of sharing our passion for fly fishing with others. We hope some of them are bitten by the bug and are now leafing through fly fishing catalogs or Googling fly fishing sites on the internet to learn more.

We have one more basic clinic scheduled for Feb 4th, an Advanced Clinic on Feb 18th, Boy Scouts on Mar 10th and Mar 24th. All dates are on a Saturday with a start time of 9:00am and end time of 3:30pm. Registration through Lake Rim Park (424-6134). The cost is $5. Pre-registration is required. The basic clinics fill very fast so pass this information along to all of your friends.

The NCWRC Pechmann Fishing Education Center also hosts Wounded Warriors, NC Handicapped Sportsmen and any military and their families on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 1-5pm - (That's Febuary 8th next month). We offer fly tying and basic fly fishing instruction. The catfish ponds are also open for bait fishing. At least half of the afternoon will be spent fishing.


The fish were much more cooperative than they were last year. Everyone got a few hits, and almost everyone caught fish. Overall, very satisfactory.


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 Post subject: Re: 2nd Basic Fly Fish Clinic @ NCWRC Pechmann Center 1-21-12
PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 4:28 pm 
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Sorry about that - this website is smarter then I am when it comes to posting long threads with pictures :oops: .

Every place else I post, I'm able to copy the original post and paste it to the next one - might have to do a little editing but it works pretty smoothly. Here, I get what you see at the beginning of this thread and then when I try to correct it, it jumps all around so fast that I give up.

Same thing happens when I try to post it here first - once you reach whatever the limit is in text it starts jumping around as if to say "enough already!"

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 Post subject: Re: 2nd Basic Fly Fish Clinic @ NCWRC Pechmann Center 1-21-12
PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 4:42 pm 
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Nice report, Al. It's always good to see so many volunteers and new fly fishers come through your sessions. Thanks for all you do there.

When I have anything really lengthy and picture-heavy, I write all the text into a Word document, then copy and paste it onto my post here. Then I simply insert the pictures into the report where I want them. That way, I can save and /or edit the whole thing in case I want to post it on more than one site, forum, etc. or send it to someone.

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 Post subject: Re: 2nd Basic Fly Fish Clinic @ NCWRC Pechmann Center 1-21-12
PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 4:53 pm 
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Actually, I do much the same thing, only I use Notepad.


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 Post subject: Re: 2nd Basic Fly Fish Clinic @ NCWRC Pechmann Center 1-21-12
PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 5:09 pm 
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Well done!!! It is great what you and the cadre of volunteers are doing.

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 Post subject: Re: 2nd Basic Fly Fish Clinic @ NCWRC Pechmann Center 1-21-12
PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 8:29 pm 
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OUTSTANDING, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!


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