Fly Fishing Workshop at Sumner Brook Fish Farm, July 2nd

Fly Fishing

TAKE PLACE THURSDAY, JULY 2nd – same time, same place

Global Awareness Local Action (G.A.L.A.) and Jack Mountain Bushcraft School are excited to announce the next feature in their 2015 monthly NH Re-skill-ience Workshop Series, hands-on workshops focusing on homesteading, sustainable living, and traditional bushcraft skills. Workshops are designed to help participants develop skills and knowledge that strengthen personal and community resilience. The next workshop, Fly Fishing Basics with Tim Smith and Tom Belluscio, takes place on Wednesday, July 2nd 6pm-8pm at Sumner Brook Herbals & Fish Farm.

Fly fishing is an angling method in which an artificial “fly” is used to catch fish. The fly is casted using a fly rod, reel, and specialized weighted line. Casting a nearly weightless fly or “lure” requires casting techniques significantly different from other forms of casting. Fly fishermen use hand tied flies that resemble natural invertebrates, other food organisms, or “lures” to provoke the fish to strike.

The main difference between fly fishing and spin or bait fishing is that

in fly fishing the weight of the line carries the hook through the air, whereas in spin and bait fishing the weight of the lure or sinker at the end of the monofilament or braided line gives casting distance. Flies can be made either to float or sink, and range in size from a few millimeters to 30 cm long, though most are between 1 and 5 cm. Fly fishing can be done in fresh or salt water. Techniques differ with habitat such as lakes and ponds, small streams, large rivers, bays and estuaries, and open ocean.

Fly fishing is a fun way to spend time on the water, and can be a great way to catch fish!  Participants should bring their fly fishing gear, although there will be an extra rod or two for people to try if they do not have their own. The workshop will cover the basics of what gear you need to get started, casting (4-part cast, roll cast), knots, the different types of flies, and how to find fish.

The emphasis for this workshop is on getting out and having fun, regardless of your level of experience.  The program is geared toward novice and intermediate fly fishers, and will give you the skill and confidence to get out on the water.

Sumner Brook Fish Farm, where the workshop will be taking place, is a private trout farm in Ossipee that raises some of the regions most beautiful Brown, Brook and Rainbow trout. Sumner Brook Fish Farm has been a family owned and operated trout hatchery since 1987.  Their fish are stocked for many derbys and clubs throughout the state of New Hampshire.  They are open year round offering trout fishing on site from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Workshop participants will get a chance to practice catch and release with the option to bring a freshly caught fish home at an additional fee should they choose.

The cost for the workshop is $15.00. There is limited space so those interested are encouraged to visit to register. The workshop takes place from 6pm to 8pm at the Sumner Brook Herbals & Fish Farm located at 277 Route 16 Ossipee, NH. Call G.A.L.A. at 603-539-6460 or email for more information.



About G.A.L.A.

Global Awareness Local Action (G.A.L.A.) is a nonprofit organization based in Ossipee, NH working to translate sustainability education into local action that is practical, effective, and fun. Through strong cross-sector collaborations, G.A.L.A. offers educational, skill building, and community service opportunities that help participants grow food, conserve energy, save money, and strengthen both personal and ecological health.

The organization’s most popular program is called Sustain-A-Raisers, a volunteer driven “eco” home and yard makeover initiative modeled after the barn-raiser. Each “raiser” consists of G.A.L.A. volunteers installing raised garden beds, compost bins, rain barrels, cold frames, and clotheslines at private homes, schools, food pantries, assisted living residence, and other community sites.

G.A.L.A. also offers a monthly Re-skill-ience Workshop where attendees can learn skills including how to make nontoxic household cleaners, basic bee keeping, food preservation and canning, bike maintenance, campfire cooking, compass and map navigation, and more.

During the winter months, G.A.L.A. hosts a Community Contra Dance Series and offers support for starting small sustainability Study Circles. To learn more about programs, become a member, or otherwise get involved, visit the website at or call the office at 603-539-6460.

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