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RiverQuarium to offer fly fishing instruction

Classes are scheduled for March 8 and March 22

Todd Rogers will be teaching fly-fishing classes at the Flint RiverQuarium. (Special photo)

Todd Rogers will be teaching fly-fishing classes at the Flint RiverQuarium. (Special photo)

ALBANY _ As an introduction to the sport of fly fishing, the Flint RiverQuarium is offering two options for an all-day fly fishing class and workshop led by Orvis-endorsed guide and fly fishing instructor Todd Rogers. Participants can choose either of two Saturdays, March 8 and March 22.

From 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., beginning at the Flint RiverQuarium and moving out onto the river or perhaps to a nearby plantation later in the day, Rogers will cover the basics of fly fishing. Students will learn about equipment needed, basic casting, knot tying, tying a leader and rigging a rod through demonstrations and hands-on teaching. Participants will be able to fly fish at the end of the class.

While many think of fishing for trout in a mountain stream when they think of fly fishing, the Flint River is a big draw for many fly fishermen because it is one of only three rivers in the country where they can fish for shoal bass. The shoals of the Flint River, which flows undammed for more than 200 miles, shelter the shoal bass and draw anglers eager for a unique type of fly fishing.

Getting started in fly fishing does not need to be complicated or expensive, according to Rogers. “It can be very simple with just you, a line and a fly,” he said. “Of course, he admits that it can also become much more involved. “There are always new gadgets to try, but you can get started with very minimal equipment.”

Space is limited and advance reservations are required. Cost is $125 per person with lunch and all equipment provided. Participants should bring sun protection as the majority of time will be spent outside. For more information, or to register, contact Melissa Martin, Flint RiverQuarium Education Manager, at 229-639-2650 or mmartin@flintriverquarium.com

The Flint RiverQuarium features more than 1,000 animals that call the Flint River watershed home. The Flint RiverQuarium is located at 101 Pine Ave. in downtown Albany. Regular operating hours are Tuesday- Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m.