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How to get started fly fishing

May 07, 1997

By Kate Colman

Staff Writer

Want to learn to fly fish? Want to learn to tie a fly? Area opportunites are as abundant as rainbow trout in a freshly stocked mountain stream. Here are a few:

- Antietam Fly Anglers, an affiliated club of The Federation of Fly Fishers, a national organization, is headquartered in Hagerstown. The group promotes and encourages the sport of fly fishing and fly tying and the conservation of fishing resources in the Tri-State area.

Antietam Fly Anglers meets from September through June at Potomac Towers on the southwest corner of South Potomac and Baltimore streets in Hagerstown. Meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month. The club has a monthly fly-tying round table the first Thursday of each month at Keystone Sporting Goods Inc. on Pennsylvania Avenue in Hagerstown. For information, call 301-739-5711.

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- There will be a free fly-tying demonstration at Catoctin Mountain Park visitor center Saturday, May 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Experienced local fly fishers will demonstrate the art of tying flies. The visitor center is on Md. 77, three miles west of Thurmont, Md. For information, call 1-301-663-9388.

- Whitetail, near Mercersburg, Pa., began offering one-day casting clinics and two-day introduction to fly fishing schools in April. The classes will continue through October. Dusty Wissmath directs the program. For information, call 1-717-328-9400, extension 131.

- Jim Gilford directs Fenwick Fly Fishing Schools in Frederick, Md. Gilford developed the curriculum for Fenwick, a fishing rod manufacturer. Basic fly-casting classes, a basic class for women only, intermediate and advanced fly fishing and individual instruction, are offered March through October. An eight-session fly-tying class meets once a week from January through March. For information, call 1-301-663-3966.

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