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A day on the Flint with fly fishing

ALBANY -- Darton College instructor Michael S. White has an idea for a weekend class that outdoors lover may take a shine to -- fly fishing.

The class will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Turtle Park on the banks of Flint River in downtown Albany.

Fly fishing and Southwest Georgia may not seem like a natural combination, since many folks think about north Georgia when it comes to that sport. But White notes Southwest Georgia has its own shoal bass, which can be found in the shoals of the Flint River.

White, director of the A.B.L.E. Center at Darton, is a 20-year fly fisherman and formerly managed a fly fishing guide service in southern Utah.

During the class, participants will learn about the equipment, safety, knots, casting, fish species, macro-invertebrates, fly choice, reading of the water and catch-and-release techniques. All specialized equipment will be provided. No experience is necessary.

All participants must possess a valid Georgia Freshwater Fishing License and sign a waiver.

Fee per person is $40.

Contact, (229) 317-6778.