Fishing is the most popular outdoor activity in the U.S., and nearly six million people participated in fly-fishing in 2008, according to the Outdoor Foundation.
Learn firsthand why fly-fishing is an increasingly popular sport. Enroll in Fly-Fishing 101, a one-day introductory course offered by Pellissippi State Community College’s Business and Community Services beginning in late February.
The Pellissippi State non-credit class is geared to those who have never fly-fished and those who have begun but want a better understanding of the basics.
Topics covered during the seven-hour course: fly rod and reel; line, leader and “tippet”; how to rig an outfit; types of flies; items needed; where to find fish; and how to cast (includes casting demonstration, weather permitting).
The class instructor is Marshall Hall. A member of the Custom Rod Makers Guild and Foothills Craft Guild, Hall makes custom fly-fishing rods and serves as a local guide and instructor.
Participants may choose from four Saturdays: Feb. 27, March 27, April 24 or May 22. Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. All sessions are at the Pellissippi Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The fee for a one-day class is $75 per single, with a discounted charge of $60 for each additional family member registering at the same time.
To register for Fly Fishing 101 or to learn about additional non-credit courses at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call (865) 539-7167.