ALTMAR, NY — The Tug Hill/Black River Chapter of Trout Unlimited in cooperation with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation will sponsor a two-day fly fishing seminar for women Saturday and Sunday, June 5 and 6.
Instructor Fred Kuepper organizes the annual series of fly fishing seminars for the Tug Hill/Black River chapter.
â€œThis seminar is geared exclusively for women looking to improve their fly-fishing skills,â€ said Kuepper. â€œIt 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.â€
Kuepper said the seminar takes place in a relaxed atmosphere. 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.
â€œThere will be top-notch female and male instructors on hand to give everyone ample time and effort,â€ said Kuepper. â€œThe course will encompass indoor and outdoor classroom settings as well as actual fishing in the Salmon River for trout and other freshwater species.â€
Classes will be at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 5, at the NYS DEC Salmon River Fish Hatchery in Altmar, and at 8 a.m. Sunday, June 6, at the Pineville fishing access parking lot off County Route 48, Pineville. Breakfast and lunch are provided.
The deadline to register is May 23. Registration is $20 per day or $35 for both days. Participants must be age 18 or older and must have a current New York State fishing license. Class size is 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. Anglers should wear a decent pair of hiking boots or wading shoes if they intend to â€œwet wade.â€ Sneakers or open-toed sandals are not suitable. 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: [email protected] with â€œWomenâ€™s Fly Seminar c/o Fred Kuepper TUâ€ in the subject line.
Checks should be made payable to â€œThe Tug Hill/Black River Chapter of TUâ€ and mailed to Fred Kuepper â€“ T.U. Seminars, 384 Johnson Rd., Mexico, NY 13114. Those with questions may e-mail Kuepper at the above address.