Free NH Fly Tying Course Offered

The NH Fish & Game Department’s “Let’s Go Fishing” Program is offering a free, 5-week introductory fly tying course on Wednesday evenings in March (March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29) in Claremont, NH. Participants must commit to attending all five sessions.

The course will be instructed by master fly tiers and Let’s Go Fishing instructors Jim and Kris Riccardi. The course will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Claremont Community Center at 152 South Street, Claremont N.H. 03743.

Preregistration is required and will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. The course is limited to 12 participants, ages 15 and older. All program materials and equipment will be provided. No experience is required.

To sign up, visit and select “View the Current Class Schedule,” then “View Upcoming Events.”

Participants will learn to tie several fly patterns that are commonly used in New Hampshire waters.  They will be introduced to the use of all of the basic tools and materials necessary to tie flies, and learn what the flies imitate.  Instructors will also discuss insect anatomy and explain why a particular fly is used.

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