Fly Tying Course to be offered at Parker Dam State Park

PENFIELD – Fly-fishing is a sport that many anglers and outdoor-lovers enjoy, and that many others long to get involved with. 

This coming year, the opportunity will be available for you to come learn about an important aspect of fly-fishing – tying flies.  A qualified local instructor will be on hand to teach participants the basics about the tools, the technical skills, and the art needed to tie flies. 

Participants will have ample opportunity to put this new knowledge to practice as they make several of their own flies each week.  Throughout the duration of the course, as participants’ skill levels increase, several differing fly patterns will be learned.  By the end of the course, participants will have a basic knowledge of fly-tying and the patterns tied. 

Participants will be able to take this knowledge to continue practicing and improving their skills, and to become even more involved with fly-fishing.  This will be a great opportunity for someone wanting to start fly-tying, or anyone who has tied in the past and wants to get involved again.

Fly-tying at Parker Dam (beginner to intermediate levels) will begin at 6 p.m. Jan. 17 in the Environmental Education Classroom, annexed to the Park Office, and is recommended for those aged 16 and older (younger students may participate provided they are able to follow detailed instructions). 

This course will run for seven weeks (Thursday evenings until Feb. 28), for two hours each evening (6:00-8:00 p.m.).  At least seven basic fly patterns will be taught. 

Fly-tying tools and vises will be available for use from the park and materials will be provided by Jim’s Sports Center of Clearfield.  Participants with their own tools and materials are encouraged to bring them along to become familiar with their use.  The registration fee for Fly-tying at Parker Dam is $3.

Registration and payment of the course fee is required prior to the start of each course.  Participants can register by calling Parker Dam State Park at 814-765-0630, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., or by emailing the park’s Environmental Education Specialist at cahuber@pa.gov.  Payment of the registration fee can be made by cash, check, credit card, or by state park gift card.  Class size will be limited to a maximum of 12, and only a handful of spaces remain available, so register soon. 

If you have any questions or comments about the courses or registration, please feel free to contact the Environmental Education Specialist at Parker Dam State Park for more details.

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