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July 3, 2007

Altmar Hatchery Hosts Women's Fly Fishing Seminar July 21

ALTMAR -- Ladies, mark July 21 on your calendars and plan to enjoy a great day of fly fishing!

Thanks to the Lake Ontario Steelhead Association and the Salmon River Fish Hatchery, there will be a special fly fishing seminar geared specifically for women over the age of 16, who are looking to learn or improve their skills.

“In this seminar, students will learn basic stream entomology and how it applies to tying flies that fish species may consume. Hands-on fly tying will be next,” said assisting instructor Fred Kuepper, owner of Outdoor Adventure Guide Service in Mexico. “From there, you will learn how to assemble, rig, and make basic fly casts with traditional fly rods and reels. There will be top notch female and male instructors on hand to give everyone ample time and effort.”

Vicky Lane, a fly-fishing instructor from LaFayette, and Bett Hopkins of Delaware are the main instructors. They will be assisted by Dave Agness of Rochester, chapter president of the Lake Ontario Steelhead Association, Kip Tivnan of Syracuse, and Kuepper.

The Lake Ontario Steelhead Association (LOSA), which began in 2002, is comprised of anglers, guides and businesses from the US and Canada. The organization presents educational seminars and demonstrations at the Altmar Fish Hatchery and has completed many necessary stream cleanups.

“After partaking in several important fishery meetings, the association is truly gaining respect and admiration from the state DEC, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, and other key decision-making bodies,” said Kuepper. For additional information or to become a member, visit the LOSA Web site at www.losafishing.com.

The seminar begins promptly at 8 a.m. and will end by 6 p.m. A deli-style lunch will be provided at noon after a short tour of the hatchery and its operations. The NYSDEC Fish Hatchery is located on County Route 22, one mile northeast of the Village of Altmar. The cost of the course is $20 and registration is required before July 18. A NYS fishing license is also required.

Participants are asked to dress for the weather. Waders are recommended but not necessary. Participants should wear hiking boots or wading shoes, not sneakers or open-toed sandals. Also, bring hats, sunscreen, bug repellent and anything else you may need to make your day comfortable. No equipment is needed; participants that have a good working fly rod set-up, are encouraged to bring them.

Register by , or mail to Fred Kuepper, 384 Johnson Road, Mexico, NY 13114.

Fishing licenses are available online at http://www.dec.state.ny.us/permits/28941.html, most town clerks' offices and many sporting goods stores, or by calling 1-86-NY-DECALS (1-866-933-2257).

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