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Fly Fish Texas brings together people who love fly-fishing, and those who want to learn about it. Misa Ishimura travels all the way from Lakeview, Ark., to teach casting. The 13th annual event takes place March 12, at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens.

Anglers grab your gear and get ready! 

The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center will celebrate the sport of fly-fishing through their Fly-Fish Texas event, to be held on March 12. 

Between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., fly-fishers, ranging from beginner to expert, can enjoy instructional exhibitions and classes designed to learn new skills, or improve upon their existing know-how.

The event is geared to increase the public’s awareness about the often-overlooked sport. 

In a recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Press Release, Steve Hollensed, fly-fishing instructor, tells some of the advantages of the sport.

“One of the most fulfilling things you can do is catch a fish on a fly you have tied,” he said. “Fly-fishing removes a lot of the high-tech aids in catching fish. There is more of a direct connection between the fish and the angler.”

Food and refreshment vendors will be on-hand at the Fisheries Center to help make Fly-Fish Texas an all-day event.  Also present will be vendors selling gear, rods, kayaks and apparel for enthusiasts that want to get started right away.

According to a TPWD press release, “In one day the complete beginner can learn to tie a fly, cast that fly, and catch a fish with it.” 

For the more experienced fly-fishing angler, classes will break down the sport, and will focus on fine-tuning existing skills. 

Attendees can expect to learn about solving casting problems, how to set up tackle, choosing the right gear and more.  Also on hand will be experienced fly-fishers who will offer instruction on making flies.

All activities and classes are included with paid admission to the event.  Adults are $5.50 and children are admitted for $4.50.

For the beginners’ classes, gear is provided at the event. 

For more advanced classes, attendees will need to bring their own equipment. 

For questions about Fly-Fish Texas, please contact Larry Hodge at the Texas Fresh Water Fisheries Center at 903-670-2255.

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