Aimee Hersley of Parksville is a casting instructor with Mid-Island Castaways.

Mid-Island Castaways want to help you learn to fly-fish

These days, women are some of the top fishers in the world; courses available on Sunday afternoons in March

  • Feb. 17, 2015 6:00 p.m.

BRUCE MORRISON

Special to The NEWS

Gone are the days when fly fishing was solely a man’s domain.

Today women are some of the sport’s top fishers and instructors. Aimee Hersley of Parksville is one of the casting instructors in the Mid-Island Castaways Fly Fishing Club’s annual introductory fly fishing course: Fundamentals of Fly Fishing. The course covers the basics of selection of equipment, casting, entomology, knot tying and fly tying. Students need not own fly rods to take the course. A limited number of fly rods are available as loaners to students, on a first come, first serve basis.

The course takes place on Sunday afternoons all through March. An orientation session is planned for March 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Qualicum Civic Centre. The Sunday afternoon classes take place at the Coombs Fairgrounds from 1-4 p.m.

Students wishing to enrol should join the Mid-Island Castaways Fly Fishing Club. Membership and course applications are available from the club website. Both Coast Sportfish in Parksville and The Nile Creek Fly Shop also have applications. There is one additional charge of $25 for the cost of the course manual and refreshments at each session.

Additional information is available on the website www.midislandcastaways under “Workshops and Courses” or call Bruce at 250- 248-5914 or e-mail him at rbm123@shaw.ca

— Submitted by Mid-Island Castaways

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