Free Fly Fishing Workshop Offered on St. Croix River

Hands-on instruction will help people get started with the popular piscine pastime.




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Via Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway:

Fly fishing on a St. Croix River island. (Photo via National Park Service)
Fly fishing on a St. Croix River island. (Photo via National Park Service)

A free fly fishing workshop will be held on Saturday, June 6, at William O’Brien State Park. The workshop will be led by Park Ranger John Eret and volunteers from the Lew Jewett Chapter of the Federation of Fly Fishers, Trout Unlimited, and the St. Paul Fly Tiers.

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced angler, this is a unique opportunity to learn about basic and advanced casting techniques, as well as watershed ecology and conservation. Participants will become familiar with equipment used in freshwater fly fishing and will observe demonstrations of tying imitations of native aquatic insects, including nymphs, dry flies, and streamers. The workshop will also provide information on how stream conservation, watershed health, and a fly fishing ethic can affect the water quality of the St. Croix River.

Saturday, June 6, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
William O’Brien State Park

The morning session will consist of fundamentals, equipment, and fly tying. The afternoon session will focus on casting demonstrations, with hands-on instruction in small groups. Equipment will be available for use. Participants should bring lunches and snacks. The workshop is designed for ages 13 and older. It will be canceled if there is severe weather.

Entrance to William O’Brien State Park requires an annual or daily Minnesota state park vehicle pass. The workshop itself is free and no registration is required For additional information, please call (715) 483-2274.


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