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North Carolina Fly Fishing Weekend for Women

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will offer a special fly-fishing weekend for women through the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program on March 9-11 in the mountains.

Activities will be held at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and Davidson River Campground, south of Asheville near Brevard in Transylvania County. The registration fee is $125, with partial scholarships available.

"It doesn't matter what skill level or previous experience you have," said BB Gillen, outdoor skills coordinator for the Wildlife Commission. "

This weekend is tailored for individuals, so each angler will gain new skills and improve techniques, and learn about an angler's important role in conservation on mountain streams."

The workshop will be held rain or shine. March can be cool or even cold, so appropriate dress is advised.

Fly-fishing equipment will be provided, but participants can bring their own gear.

Gillen also recommended sunscreen, insect repellent, rain gear, a folding chair, hat and water bottle, along with outdoor clothes, shoes, socks, toiletries, flashlight, linens and, if camping, a tent. Optional non-camping, lodging opportunities are conveniently located nearby.

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman is an international program in which women 18 years old and up can learn outdoor skills through hands-on experiences. In North Carolina, Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshops are held across the state and provide instruction on fishing, hunter safety, target shooting, archery, canoeing, motorboat safety, outdoor cooking, tracking and map-and-compass skills.

For more information on the fly-fishing weekend, gift certificates and scholarship opportunities, contact Gillen at 919-218-3638 or

Uploaded: 1/30/2012