Chattanooga State, Staff Report
“Many of us would probably be better fishermen if we did not spend so much time watching and waiting for the world to become perfect” – Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It
Most anglers love to have excuses about why they were unsuccessful on the water. Too hot, too cold, too windy, too rainy, too dry are some of the varied excuses that anglers use all the time.
The excuse of not knowing how can be easily solved this early spring. Chattanooga State’s Continuing Education Department is offering two courses in January and February. Introduction to Fly Fishing and Introduction to Fly Tying will be offered in February and March of this year.
Introduction to Fly Fishing will be held Saturday, Feb. 01, 08 and 15 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The cost is $149. The topics will include equipment, fly rod selection, stream tactics, safety, basic entomology, knots, target species information, destinations and resources. Warm water, cold water and saltwater fly fishing opportunities will be discussed. Following a practical demonstration, each student will be given an opportunity to demonstrate proper fly casting each class. Each session will include casting instruction and practice. Students are encouraged to bring their own fly rods if they already have one. Some loaner rods will be available. The course is structured for the beginner or novice angler.
Introduction to fly tying will be held Saturday Feb. 22 & March 01 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.. The cost is $99. This course will allow students to learn the art of fly tying and learn to craft your own fishing flies. Topics to include history, materials, tools, types of fly patterns and patterns to target specific fish species. Fly selection to include tying streamers, nymphs, dry flies, terrestrials, poppers, and other patterns. Students are encouraged to furnish their own equipment (vise, bobbin, thread, and scissors) if possible. Some loaner equipment is available. This class is designed for beginners to learn basic techniques that are used on all fly patterns.
Associate Professor Robert Prytula will be teaching both courses. Robert is a former fly fishing guide. He has been fly fishing for over 25 years and has been actively involved in education. Prytula is a member of Federation of Fly Fishers, past president of a local Trout Unlimited chapter and is the E. TN Representative of the Mid-South Fly Fishers. Robert is an award winning master class fly tyer and has several fly patterns in varying texts. He is a frequent speaker to fly fishing clubs and is the co-host of a local outdoor radio show. He is a published author on the subject of fly fishing and frequently writes articles for newspapers and newsletters across the country.
To register for Introduction to Fly
Fishing or Fly Tying, contact the Continuing Education Department at 697-3100.