Mid-Island fly-fishers hitting the water

The local castaways’ club is gearing up for a new season with several classes on offer.

Aimee Hersley shows the results of her fly-fishing skills and hard work.

Tyson Taylor

sports@pqbnews.com

The Mid–Island Castaways Fly Fishing Club is gearing up for another season of fun in the water.

The Castaways Club has expanded its offering of courses for those interested in fly-fishing and has several courses this year. Last year’s beginner’s course in fly-tying, which ran from January to April, was so popular that it has been brought back at the request of several members.

An intermediate course has been added as well. Other fly-tying courses aimed at winter steel head and lake fishing have been added for this spring.

The four-week Fundamentals of Fly Fishing course, which was formerly taught in the fall, has been moved to May. This course covers an introduction to fly-fishing equipment, fly-tying, fly-fishing knots, and fly-casting and entomology.

For those who aren’t really sure if fly-fishing is their thing and would like to find out, without investing too much money or time, the club is offering an Introduction to Fly Fishing. This is a three-hour course, which only costs $20 and requires no equipment or prior fly-fishing knowledge.

In addition to the fly-tying and beginner’s courses, there are also casting courses for intermediate and advanced casters. Some courses feature the use of single-handed rods and others feature the two-handed or Spey rods.

This year the club has created a new course for those who fly-fish, but haven’t fished for a while and feel a bit rusty. The spring tune-up (Faults and Fixes) course ensures that students will have the benefit of learning from International Fly Fishing Federation (IFFF) certified instructor Aaron Goodis. Aaron’s articles and photographs are featured in many fly-fishing magazines. He will be teaching several other courses in the line-up as well.

This year the club is offering a two -part course in the techniques of river fishing and a two-part course in the skills needed for fly-fishing on lakes.

Castaway’s club volunteers teach beginner’s courses, while the professional casting instructors teach the intermediate and advanced courses.

Space is limited so sign up soon at http://midislandcastaways.com or contact Bruce Morrison at Rbm123@shaw.ca or  250-248-5914.

Just Posted

Parksville’s Kurz runs 160 kilometres in less than 24 hours

Former Ballenas athlete raises more than $8,000 for Terry Fox Foundation

1913 Ford Model T a hit at classic car show

Hundreds of vehicles lined the streets of Qualicum Beach on Father’s Day

Joint effort helps extinguish shop fire in Coombs

Firefighters quickly contain blaze that spread to nearby trees

Island farmers concerned with Agricultural Land Reserve changes

Dozens voice concerns at special meeting in Nanoose Bay

Parksville resort fire caused by flammable gas used to extract oil from cannabis

Investigators detail reasons for explosion and blaze that destroyed building

VIDEO: B.C. First Nation plans to launch legal challenge after Trans Mountain approval

Meanwhile, Premier John Horgan says he’ll continue to defend the B.C. coast

Billboard posted along B.C.’s Highway of Tears to remember missing and murdered Indigenous women

Billboards featuring Indigenous artwork to be placed in Surrey, Kamloops and near Prince George

Federal cabinet ministers visit Edmonton, Calgary, in wake of TMX approval

Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi is set to visit Trans Mountain Corp.’s terminal in Edmonton

B.C. municipality prepares to forbid overnight camping by homeless despite court ruling

While courts have ruled against blanket bans, Langley City is employing a site-by-site approach

B.C. auditor says Indigenous grad rate highest ever but education gaps exist

The percentage of Indigenous students graduating from B.C. public high schools has hit its highest level ever

Statistics Canada reports annual pace of inflation rises in May to 2.4%

Transportation prices gained 3.1 per cent as the cost of air transportation added 8.9 per cent

BREAKING: Forest fire on North Island disrupts Hwy. 19

Wildfire has reached .25 hectares, according to BC Wildfire Service

Man to be sentenced for sexual abuse of young girl in Nanaimo

Stephen Mark Castleden also sentenced for child pornography-related charges

VIDEO: Firefighters stop blaze from spreading after BMW crashes at Saratoga Speedway

Victoria-based businessmen were ‘corner training’ on Father’s Day when incident took place

Most Read