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Trout fishing in the spotlight at the ‘Fall Fling’

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Are you interested in trout fishing in Georgia but don’t know where to begin? One good place to start will be the Buford Trout Hatchery (3204 Trout Place Rd. in Cumming) this Saturday, Nov. 4, as North Georgia Trout Online hosts its annual Fall Fling.

NGTO is a nonprofit organization dedicated to trout fishing in North Georgia. This online community works to protect and enhance trout fishing on several fronts while helping others learn about the fun of trout fishing. Its activities include supporting a variety of educational and environmental stewardship programs, and its members are tied together through a fishing-focused online message board - open to anyone with an interest in fishing, and especially trout fishing, in Georgia. The group has “a firm commitment to the future of trout fishing in Georgia” and “strives to increase public awareness of the sport of trout fishing.”

The annual NGTO Fall Fling, a free and family-friendly gathering of trout fishing enthusiasts, features a variety of activities ranging from an on-the-water fishing workshop to casting instruction and fly tying demonstrations, a fly tying class and even a special event which gives kids a chance to “tie” their own fishing fly.

Here’s a look at some of what’s planned:

Local trout guide Stephen Tomasovich will be leading an on-the-water clinic focusing on techniques for fishing for Chattahoochee trout. This popular “Drag-Free Drift” clinic runs from 7 a.m. till 10 a.m. and will teach you how to fish with subsurface insect imitations. The clinic is free, but preregistration via the NGTO website is required.

Yours Truly will be teaching an “Introduction to Fly Tying” class from 9 a.m. till about 11 a.m. It’s a perfect way to test the waters of fly tying, and the flies you create are yours to keep. The class is free, but space is limited and preregistration via the NGTO website is required.

Following the fly tying class, a special “Kid’s Fly Tying Workshop,” also led by Yours Truly, will give children a chance to create their very own fishing fly too. Sign up in advance on the NGTO website. There’s no charge. Please note that a parent must accompany each child.

Experienced fly fishers, or those with an interest in learning fly fishing, will enjoy “Fly Casting 101” and “Casting Accuracy.”

Presented by Bret Nelson, an experienced fly fisher, this is just the thing to let you see what it’s like to cast a fly rod or to hone your skills if you already know how. What if you’ve never cast a fly rod? No worries! There will be plenty of folks on hand to show you how it’s done. It’s a great opportunity to learn about a sport that you can enjoy for a lifetime.

Other highlights scheduled at this time include a seminar on river fishing at 11:00, additional demonstrations, a barbecue lunch at 12:15 p.m., and a post-lunch bucket raffle and silent auction featuring some great items of interest to trout fishing enthusiasts. Proceeds from the raffles and silent auction go to help support the organization’s activities.

Want to enjoy even more fishing-related fun once the Fall Fling is done? Then you will definitely want to join the free tour of the hatchery which starts at the hatchery office at 1 p.m. No advance registration is required for the tour – just show up and you’re good to go. Your kids will love this, and don’t be surprised if your tour includes an opportunity to feed some of those hatchery trout too. Afterward, consider wetting a line in the hatchery’s Family Fishing Pond. Kids under 16 can fish there for free, but anglers 16 or older will need to have a fishing license.

For more info on the NGTO Fall Fling, or to sign up for the workshops and clinics, visit the NGTO website at ngto.org. Look under the “Flings” tab for details and the latest schedule of events.

I hope to see you there!


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