Opportunity knocks! Texas Parks & Wildlife plans a special trout stocking on March 2 in Dinosaur Valley State Park on the Paluxy River near Glen Rose. We will make this a Fly Fish 101 event, but it is also open to the public, so feel free to tell a friend or invite a non-club member to come and learn what Fort Worth Fly Fishers and fly fishing are all about!

The FF101 event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. In the morning, we will host a trout lab. Participants will learn the basics of leaders, tippets and flies for catching stocked trout. Everything beginners need will be provided — rods, reels, lines and flies. And since it’s in a state park, you don’t even need a Texas fishing license! (NOTE: Remember that you will need a license if you want to continue fishing outside the park. Texas residents age 16 and under do not need a license, period.)

Also provided is expertise. On hand will be volunteer casting instructors to demonstrate the basics as well as “fishing instructors” who will help beginners learn how to catch trout, including how to mend line in moving current and adjust flies for the best depth. Lunch will be provided, Everything starts at the large pavilion in Dinosaur Valley State Park.

The only cost to participants is the park entrance fee of $7 a person. Children 12 and under are free.

For more information, or to volunteer to help beginners with casting and fishing, contact Vince Turley at 817-307-0073 or email vturley1@att.net

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