Ask Outdoors Girl

May 14, 2011

Simone Ruiz-Garcia of Annapolis writes: I moved from Spain to the United States in 1992 and one of the first movies I saw was, "A River Runs Through It." The sport of fly fishing and the beautiful streams where it is practiced have intrigued me, but it always looked too complicated. Now that my children are grown, I'd like to see if I can master it. How can I get started?

Outdoors Girl also loves the graceful arcs of the fly line but has never been able to duplicate them. That, however, is the fault of the caster. Maryland has some tremendous trout streams, so you're in the right place. Readers who would like to try the sport are in luck. Two local institutions are offering free fly fishing lessons. Maryland Trout Unlimited is having its annual picnic and clinic on May 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Gunpowder River at Masemore Road. Instructors will discuss topics such as reading water, casting and matching the hatch. After a hot dog and beverage (participants are asked to bring a side dish or dessert), everyone will head for the river to test their new skills. Call Doug Brown at 443-812-8603 for details. The other opportunity is being offered by Great Feathers, the fly fishing shop in Sparks, and The Orvis Co., which produces gear I can't afford. Fly Fishing 101 demonstration is a one-hour overview. If you still have the bug, Great Feathers will be offering a Fly Fishing 201 course that includes a trip to the Gunpowder. Call 410-472-6799 for details.

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