Western Maine Fly Fishing Expo March 19

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At the Western Maine Fly Fishing Expo on Saturday, March 19 at the Bethel Inn Conference Center, there will be more than 35 exhibitors in the main conference room, a large selection of fishing related silent auction items, a kid’s fly tying bench, well known guest speakers — and in the evening, a special showing of the latest Fly Fishing Film Tour feature film.
This year’s exhibitors include guides and outfitters, sporting camps in Maine, New Brunswick and Labrador, fishing equipment representatives, fly fishing shops, fly tyers, bamboo rod builders, artists, authors and several organizations associated with fly fishing.
The guest speaking line up starts with Robert Romano — acclaimed author of fishing related novels, stories and essays — who will share his extensive knowledge of fishing in the Rangeley region. Award winning fly tyer Selene Dumaine will demonstrate tying flies using Carrie Stevens’ viseless in-hand method. Bill Pierce, Executive Director of the Rangeley Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum will present the history of fly fishing in the Rangeley region, and Robin Reeve, Managing Partner of Labrador’s Three Rivers Lodge will talk about fly fishing for Labrador’s legendary brook trout.
As always, there will be a kid’s fly tying bench manned by experienced fly tyers throughout the day. Each child who ties a fly will be entered in a raffle for one of four free fly tying kits. Winners need not be present at the drawing.
This event is the primary fund raiser for the Mollyockett Chapter of TU and provides support for conservation projects and fly casting and fly tying lessons for youth groups, schools and charitable organizations such as Casting For Recovery and the Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine. Also, a portion of the proceeds will flow to the Disabled Veteran’s Fishing Pier at Songo Lock, an enterprise initiated and funded by the Mollyockett Chapter together with the State of Maine. The Grand Opening for this benevolent new resource will take place later in the spring.
The Expo is open from 9 a.m. til 4 p.m. with a $5 entrance fee. At 7 p.m. Carter Davidson of Gray Ghost Productions will present the 2016 Fly Fishing Film Tour’s feature film for an additional cost of $15 per person. Tickets for the film may be purchased throughout the day from the staff.
FMI visit www.mollyockettu.org or see us on Facebook at mollyockett.tu
Special free classes
Introduction to fly fishing
Join us for an instructional series presented by the Mollyockett Chapter of Trout Unlimited. If you have ever been curious about or had an interest in learning to fly fish this series of instruction is a great way to learn about this fascinating sport.
FF 101
Wednesday, April 13 at the First Congregational Church, 17 East Main St, South Paris, Maine from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Topics include understanding fly tackle: rod, reel, line, leader and fly, biology of fish, and their natural foods, fly fishing tactics, and fly casting. Presenters include Master Maine Guides, expert fly fishermen and fly tyers, and certified fly casting instructors.
FF 102 and 103
Saturday June 4 and Saturday June 25 from 6 a.m. until noon at the Wild and Androscoggin Rivers confluence in Gilead. On the water instruction on fly casting, rigging the fly rod and gear, reading the water, fly selection, tactics and techniques for fishing with nymphs, wet flies, streamers, and dry flies. Instructors include Master Maine Guides, certified casting instructors, and experienced fly fishermen/women. Participants should bring their own waders. Fly rods and flies will be available if you do not have your own.
FMI and to register contact Laurie Herron by email laurie@royalrivergraphics.com or phone (207) 838-4447, Mac McGinley (207) 432-1910, or e-mail cemcginley@hotmail.com.flytying

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