NDOW invites you to tie one on
By Maureen Angel, SPECIAL TO THE RENO GAZETTE-JOURNAL
Football’s over and chukar and other hunting seasons have closed, so now what’s a sportsman to do?
With the unseasonably warm, spring-like weather we’ve had the last few weeks here in northern Nevada, many anglers have begun to think of fishing and getting out on the water to catch the big one.
In the early 1990s, the movie “A River Runs Through It” created a big ripple in the fly fishing world. The art and beauty of fly fishing with a little Hollywood glitter thrown in made anglers want to abandon their spinning rods and reels in favor of a fly fishing outfit.
Much to the chagrin of even the most experienced anglers, the art of placing your line with its enticing fly on the end isn’t as effortless as it looks. Trying to place your fly into a natural pool in the Truckee River can be very frustrating. As if it weren’t difficult enough to get your cast to go where you wanted, those nasty tree branches are always ready to reach out and greedily grab your favorite fly off your line. Not only is this frustrating, it gets expensive losing flies.
Experienced anglers and novice fishermen needn’t lose hope, or be afraid to take up this dynamic sport. The Nevada Division of Wildlife has fishing clinics for everyone from the novice to the experienced angler. Best of all is there is no cost. These clinics are offered in the evenings and on weekends throughout the year. For fly fishing, NDOW offers both a one-day fly tying/casting clinic and three-day progressive clinics.
Classes at the NDOW Reno headquarters office take you outside to practice and become comfortable with the art of casting - in both clear areas and in those nasty tree and brush-congested areas.
Participants also get to learn how to tie their own fishing fly, a practice that many fly fishing enthusiasts become hooked on.
The next NDOW fly fishing clinic being offered is a three-day progressive fly-tying class. It will meet on Feb. 18, 20 and 25, from 6 - 8 p.m. Class sizes are limited and participants must pre-register for the class by calling Chris Vasey at (775) 688-1500. Basic streamers, nymphs and dry-fly tying techniques will be demonstrated during this clinic.
If you are unable to take the February class, or the sport of fly fishing doesn’t interest you, the Division of Wildlife holds several different types of fishing clinics - kid’s clinics, bass-fishing clinics, trout-fishing clinics, river, stream and lake-fishing clinics - something for everyone from a novice to experienced angler.
If you’ve never fished before, don’t be hesitant to attend a class. NDOW employees and the volunteer instructors who help with the classes are more than happy to introduce people into this sport they love.
Don’t have your own rod and reel, or fly-tying equipment? A limited supply of equipment is available for participants to borrow for use during the classes.
A statewide list of fishing clinics will be included in the Spring 2003 issue of the Nevada Wildlife Almanac. This Almanac will be published in mid-April as an insert in the Reno Gazette-Journal and as a supplement in the Las Vegas-area newspaper. Additional copies will be available from NDOW offices statewide.
In other news, the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners will be meeting Friday and Saturday in Las Vegas. The Commission will be setting big game season dates and hunt application regulations for the mule deer, antelope, elk, mountain goat and bighorn sheep for the 2003-04 and 2004-05 hunting seasons.
The meeting will be held at the Las Vegas City Council Chambers, 400 Steward Avenue, Las Vegas. The meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, with a general regulation workshop and informational reports. Saturday’s meeting will convene at 8:30 a.m., at which time commissioners will establish hunting season dates and discuss various wildlife and boating legislative proposals. Meetings are open to the public, and public comment periods will be held each day. The meeting agenda is posted on NDOW’s Web site at http://www.ndow.org.
Maureen Angel is the publications writer for the Nevada Division of Wildlife. If you have an issue you’d like to see her address, email mangel@@ndow.state.nv.us
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