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PSU sponsors fly fishing workshop

July 06, 2012 12:00AM

In countless books and movies, fly fishing is portrayed romantically. The British novelist Frank Forester called it “the most beautiful of all rural sports.”

Scott Gorman, a professor in the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation, will share some of the art and beauty of fly fishing in a two-day “Fly Fishing Workshop” July 19-20. The workshop is offered for one hour of credit for PSU students or as a non-credit workshop for those simply wanting to learn to fly fish.

“Fly fishing is considered one of the ultimate lifelong outdoor recreational pursuits,” Gorman said. “One can learn to handle a fly rod and be successful catching fish on flies with just five to six hours of good teaching of casting fundamentals. The beauty of fly-fishing is that you will spend the rest of your adult life perfecting your personal techniques. If you learn the art of fly-tying artificial dry, wet flies or nymphs, you will also have an artistic outlet.”

The first day of the workshop will be devoted to learning basic fly fishing skills. The second day will be a field trip to put those skills into action.

Gorman said he believes he knows one reason why millions of Americans get hooked on fly fishing.

“Trout simply do not live in ugly places!” Gorman said.

For information, call the HHPR Office at 620-235-4665.

©2012 Pittsburg State University