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Learn to fly fish

A fly fishing program will offer courses for beginning and intermediate anglers in Haywood County this summer, along with two-hour expeditions through the county’s finest trout streams and rivers. 

The classes will be taught by Tommy Thomas, with Ray Sugg leading the expeditions. Both are experienced local anglers.

Beginner courses will be held in August, on Fridays, Aug. 14, 21 and 28, and Saturday, Aug. 29. Intermediate courses will be held in July, on Fridays, July 17, 24 and 31, and Saturday, July 25. 

Expeditions will be held on Saturday, July 25, with August dates to be determined. 

Participants do not need a fishing license for the beginning and intermediate courses, and loaner rods are available. Courses are free and held below the dam at Lake Junaluska with a field trip to the West Fork of the Pigeon River. Fishing licenses are required for expeditions. 

All activities are free and offered through Haywood County Recreation and Parks. To register, contact 828.452.6789 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

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