Saturday, August 8, 2015

DNR’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program offers September salmon fly-fishing workshop in Mackinac County

Women interested in expanding their fly-fishing capabilities have a great opportunity to learn more during a three-day outing on the Carp River (Mackinac County), located in the Hiawatha National Forest.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program is offering the Beyond BOW salmon-fishing workshop for women.

The event will begin at noon Friday, Sept. 25, and end atnoon Sunday, Sept. 27, at the Carp River Campground, situated about 15 miles north of St. Ignace off I-75 and Mackinac Trail.

“Many of the women who have attended this event in the past asked us to expand the workshop by a day, and we have been able to accommodate that request,” said Sharon Pitz, DNR BOW program coordinator. “The program is for women who have previous fly-fishing experience and would like to expand on their abilities.”

A few details to consider: 
  • Participants should bring their own fly-fishing equipment, if they have it. A few rods and waders will be available on site.
  • Cost for the workshop is $125.
  • Previous fly-fishing experience is required for this program.
  • An all-species fishing license is required for participation in this event. (Cost for Michigan residents is $26 for an annual license, $10 for a 24-hour license or $30 for a 72-hour license ).
“The fishing trip will include three days on the Carp River with instruction on several topics, including tackle, a knot-tying refresher, casting skills, fly selection and, of course, fly fishing for salmon,” Pitz said. 

The Carp River has Chinook, pink and Atlantic salmon.

Pitz said participants should keep in mind that: 
  • Lunch Saturday, Sept. 26, will be provided. Otherwise, participants will need to make their own arrangements for meals.
  • Participants will need to make their own lodging arrangements. Camping is available on site. Campsite fees are $16, and reservations can be made by calling 877-444-6777 or go to the campground’s reservation website at www.recreation.gov.
  • Participants must be 18 years old or older.
  • Enrollment is limited.
  • Deadline for registration is Sept. 18.
  • This is an all-weather event.
Class information and registration materials are available online at www.michigan.gov/bow. Registration fees can be paid online at www.michigan.gov/estore.

For more information, contact Sharon Pitz at 906-228-6561 or pitzs@michigan.gov.