Learn to Fly-Fish in Northeast Ohio

AKRON, Ohio – Individuals interested in learning the art of fly-fishing are invited to attend a free, three-part course in October, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. These family-friendly events are designed for beginning anglers and are scheduled for locations in northeast Ohio.

The Clear Fork River Chapter of Trout Unlimited is partnering with the Division of Wildlife to teach the basics of fly fishing, fly-tying, and to provide participants opportunities to test their fishing skills.

Session 1: Intro to Fly-Fishing, Part 1
Date and Time: Wednesday, Oct. 6; 6-9 p.m.
Location: Wildlife District Three Headquarters, 912 Portage Lakes Drive, Akron 44319
Students will learn how to assemble fly-fishing tackle, how to tie essential knots, and how to recognize various fly patterns used to catch fish. This session also includes casting and an opportunity to fish.

Session 2: Intro to Fly-Fishing, Part 2
Date and Time: Wednesday, Oct. 13; 6-9 p.m.
Location: Wildlife District Three Headquarters, 912 Portage Lakes Drive, Akron 44319
Casting and an opportunity to fish are the focus of the first part of this session. Students will then learn how to tie flies and finish with a Q&A session at the end.

Session 3: Meet the Stream and Fly-Fishing
Date and Time: Saturday, Oct. 16; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Location: Apple Creek, Grosjean Park, Freedlander Rd, Wooster 44691
Students can participate in releasing hatchery-raised rainbow trout into Apple Creek. A stream walk will teach students how to recognize holding areas for trout, as well as how to approach and fish in the stream. A brief macroinvertebrate study will be conducted along with a stream litter cleanup. Students can fly-fish for trout with help from experienced Trout Unlimited members.

Additional details are provided to participants upon pre-registration. Nearly all fishing equipment and tying supplies are provided (a limited number of waders are available). Be prepared to participate outside, even in inclement weather. Participants are asked to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, water, insect repellant, and other items to make the experience individually more comfortable.

Applicants are required to be at least 12 years of age and youths need to be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required by visiting the Wild Ohio Harvest Community page at wildohio.gov.

Space is limited to the first 25 individuals registered, and participants are required to attend all three sessions. Please no guests or walk-ins.

All anglers aged 16 and older are required to have a 2021-22 Ohio fishing license. Funds generated from the sale of fishing licenses go toward conserving and restoring habitat, enforcement of fishing regulations, hatchery operations, fish stocking in public fishing areas, and enhancement of research and educational outreach. Fishing licenses can be purchased at wildohio.gov or via the HuntFish OH mobile app. HuntFish OH is a mobile path for Ohio’s hunters, anglers, and shooters to licensing, game check, and communication with the Division of Wildlife through mobile devices.

For more information on fishing in Ohio, call 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543) or visit wildohio.gov.