Beginning flyfishing workshop offered

Monday, February 5th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

If you're one of the growing legions of outdoor enthusiasts interested in learning the finer points of flyfishing, you should mark your calendar for Feb. 21 and 29 because the Moore/Norman Technology Center is offering an introductory flyfishing class.

Lead instructor Mark Patton, a renowned flyfishing teacher who also currently serves as vice-chairman of the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission, will cover all aspects of getting started flyfishing. Tackle, equipment, knots, fly selection and casting are scheduled topics during the two evenings of instruction. The workshop runs from 6-9 p.m. on both Feb. 21 and 29, and the $55 class fee covers all materials.

"Don't miss this opportunity to learn from one of Oklahoma's finest flyfishing instructors," said Barry Bolton, assistant fisheries chief for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. "Active, enthusiastic instruction, coupled with an abundance of hands-on training time make this class a must for those interested in learning about flyfishing."

Bolton said participants can test their newly acquired skills on one of six wintertime and two year-round trout fisheries. Both rainbow and brown trout swim the waters of the two year-round trout streams - the lower Mountain Fork and lower Illinois River - while rainbows are the target at the six wintertime areas. For a complete rundown of where, when and how to enjoy Oklahoma's trout fishing, consult the 2001 Oklahoma Fishing Guide, available at sporting goods stores statewide.

To register for the basic flyfishing workshop online, go to or call 405/364-5763. For more information or questions,email