May 13, 2008
Women's Fly-Fishing Seminar Returns to the Salmon River Fish Hatchery
Experienced instructors will teach women the basic of fly-fishing on the Salmon River Saturday, June 14. The seminar is sponsored by the Lake Ontario Steelhead Association and the DEC's Salmon River Fish Hatchery. (Photo by Jessica Trump, Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.)
The Lake Ontario Steelhead Association and the Salmon River Fish Hatchery on County Route 22 in Altmar host the second annual Women's Fly-Fishing Seminar on Saturday, June 14 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“This event is specifically geared for women who are interested in learning or improving their fly-fishing skills,” said Fred Kuepper, owner of Outdoor Adventure Guide Service in Mexico. “It's a great way for women to get together, spend peaceful time with nature and enjoy a pastime that might otherwise seem intimidating.”
Open to women over the age of 16, the seminar covers basic stream entomology and includes hands-on instruction from experienced instructors. Students will learn how to assemble, rig and make basic fly-casts with traditional fly-rods and reels.
The instructors this year will be Bett Hopkins of Delaware, Lindsay Shukoff of Rochester, Dave Agness of Rochester, Kipp Tivnan of Syracuse, Fran Verdoliva of Mexico and Fred Kuepper of Mexico.
The cost of the seminar is $20 and includes instruction, a tour of the hatchery and its operations and a deli-style lunch. Registration is required by contacting Lindsay Shukoff by no later than Sunday, June 1. Registrations are also accepted by mailing to Lindsay Shukoff, 60 Monroe Street, Honeoye Falls, N.Y. 14472.
“For each participant to have a quality experience, we are going to limit the class size to 20 women, on a first-come, first-served basis,” Kuepper continued. “We will provide as much equipment as we can for the women to use for the day, but if they have a good, working fly-rod set up we are encouraging them to bring it.”
The seminar will take place rain or shine, so participants are asked to dress accordingly, including hats, sunscreen, bug repellent or anything they might need to make their day comfortable. For their own safety, women should not wear sneakers or open-toed sandals. Waders are recommended, but not required. A good pair of hiking boots or wading shoes are necessary if they intend to 'wet wade'.
Fishing licenses are required to participate in the seminar and are available online or by calling 1-86-NY-DECALS (1-866-933-2257). They can also be obtained at most town clerk offices or many local sporting goods stores.
If you have any questions, or would like more information about the seminar, contact Kuepper by . For up-to-date fishing conditions throughout the year, call 1-800-248-4FUN (4386) or visit www.visitoswegocounty.com.
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