Fly fishing fever

June 20, 2014 by Anonymous

assorted trout fliesSHOW LOW – There’s a highly contagious fever spreading throughout the White Mountains. While not fatal to humans, Fly Fishing Fever has a high mortality rate among fish in the area’s streams and lakes.

Symptoms of Fly Fishing Fever include a desire to learn more about rods, reels, leaders and tippets, dry and wet flies, streamers and nymphs and the urge to go out and catch fish.

Northland Pioneer College is offering two group therapy sessions on Fly Fishing and another on Fly Tying Basics – Trout Flies at the Show Low campus, 1001 W. Deuce of Clubs, during July.

Fly fishing “doctor” Gerry A. Good uses classroom and “on water” sessions to treat humans exposed to the fever. In the first session, Good explains rod and line weights, fly rods and reels, knots, leaders, tippets, waders and other equipment, including the various flies used around Northern Arizona to catch fish. The follow-up session is “on the water of Silver Creek,” where fever victims practice casting, drifting, reading water, selecting flies and, hopefully, catching some fish.

The first group therapy Fly Fishing session (reference STC 099x-81331) meets on Friday, July 11, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., and then goes to the water on Friday, July 25, from 8 a.m. to Noon. The second group session (reference STC 099x-81332) meets on Wednesday, July 16, from 6 until 9 p.m., and then goes to the water on Wednesday, July 30, from 4 until 8 p.m. There is a $49 fee for each two-part group session. The first meeting is in the Aspen Center, room 110. Maps to the “on water” location will be distributed during the first group meeting. “Patients” will need their own fishing equipment for the “on water” session.

For those with a more serious infection, “Doctor” Good offers a group session on Fly Tying Basics – Trout Flies. Together you’ll learn about March Brown, Adams, Pheasant Tail, Griffith’ Gnat, Red Quill, Elk Hair Caddis ad Hare’s Ear – some of the traditional trout flies that attract fish anywhere. Good will also explain the use of tying vises, equipment and materials needed to tie flies. Then it is time for hands-on therapy, actually tying flies, selecting materials for the bodies, wings and hackle.

The Fly Tying group meets for three Thursdays, July 17-31, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the Aspen Center room 111. There is a $49 fee, plus an additional $27.50 payable directly to the instructor. If you bring your own supplies, there is no additional fee.

Sign up for the Fly Fishing or Fly Tying Basics – Trout Flies group therapy sessions at least three days before the first session to ensure it is not cancelled due to insufficient enrollment. Register at any NPC location or by phone, 524-7459 or (800) 266-7845 ext. 7459, during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, or 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays.

 “These group sessions are for anyone wishing to expand their fly fishing experience or those wishing to learn the art of producing a perfect artificial fly,” commented Good, an avid fly fisherman for close to 50 years. He grew up in rural Indiana fishing for large-mouth bass and during his military career has fly fished throughout Europe, New England, the southern states, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona.

He has worked as a fly fishing guide for a guest ranch in New Mexico, served as the instructor at Santa Fe Community College, worked as a fly fishing guide in Colorado, builds custom fly rods and has tied fishing flies as a commercial tier. He has conducted casting and fly tying demonstrations for various Trout Unlimited organizations, as well as numerous specialty shops throughout the United States. He is currently writing a book on the Catskill Dry Fly patterns.

NPC’s Community and Corporate Learning Division provides personal interest and specialized corporate training throughout NPC's service area. For more information about noncredit, personal interest classes, contact Loyelin Aceves, community learning specialist, (800) 266-7845, ext. 6244, or email or click on the "Noncredit Classes {Learning Adventures" link. For corporate training, contact Royce Kincanon, corporate learning coordinator, (800) 266-7845, ext. 6239, or email.

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