3Z11 Hooked on fly fishing

Tutor/Facilitator Leigh Smith

Date: on/from Wed 21 Jun 2023 to Wed 21 Jun 2023
Frequency: Single Event
Class time: 11:45-12:45

Delivered F2F

Mary Kehoe Centre, Room 3

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This session deals with the basics of freshwater fly fishing for trout; how the presenter himself became engaged in the sport, the equipment, the techniques and methods of the fly fisher. But more than this, the content will touch on the history of fly fishing, the ethos and philosophy underpinning it, the differences between a brown and rainbow trout, understanding what trout feed on (as a fly fisher you need to be an amateur entomologist), the crafts involved such as “knot knowledge” and fly tying (ie making the flies, or bait if you like, that you fish with), and the beautiful places that fly fishing takes you too, because as we fly fishers say, “it’s not just about the fish”. Come along and learn about this increasingly popular form of fishing for both women and men, a sport in which you never really stop learning.

Leigh Smith is by profession a radiation therapist who worked in cancer treatment at The Alfred in Melbourne for over 27 years, but is now retired. He is also a fly fisher who became engaged with the sport at the age of eight when his father introduced him to fly fishing in the NSW Snowy Mountains in the mid 1960s. Since retirement, however, he has been able to devote more time to fishing and enjoys sharing his experiences of fly fishing, what he has learnt and some of the places it has taken him too.

If attendees express interest in learning how to cast a fly line then outdoor practical demonstrations could also be envisaged and organised.

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