Free fishing clinics offered by Fish & Wildlife

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Spin-casting clinic. Photo provided.

REGION – Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s Let’s Go Fishing program will hold two educational fishing clinics in September, free and open to anglers of all ages and abilities.

“These programs are a great opportunity for Vermonters that have been curious about fishing but aren’t sure where to get started,” said Corey Hart, education specialist with Vermont Fish & Wildlife. “Our instructors will provide you with the information you need to feel confident enough to fish on your own.”

The first clinic, Intro to Trout Fishing with Spin Casting Equipment, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 16, 9:30-1:30 p.m. at the Waterbury Public Library in Waterbury.

The clinic will feature a mix of classroom and field instruction that will focus on specialized techniques specific to targeting trout with spinning tackle. Clinic topics will include many of the basics such as aquatic ecology, casting and knot tying but will expand on those topics in detail. Fish cleaning demonstrations and lure making will also occur.

At the end of the clinic participants will walk to the nearby Winooski River and practice their skills. A bag lunch is suggested and all equipment is provided.

A second clinic, Basics of Fishing, will be held on Thursday, Sept. 21, 4:30-7 p.m. at the Kehoe Conservation Camp in Castleton.

Basics of Fishing will focus on the fundamentals of fishing including casting, knot tying, regulations, aquatic ecology and lure selection, among other introductory topics. All participants will have a chance near the end of the clinic to practice their new skills on Lake Bomoseen. This clinic is the perfect opportunity for anyone new to the sport to get started in fishing. Equipment will be available for participants to use during the course.

Preregistration is required for both clinics and can be completed by emailing letsgofishing@vermont.gov or calling 802-265-2279.

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