Fly tying and archery workshops available to women : MI

Article Posted: January 22, 2003

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Fly tying and archery workshops available to women

The Department of Natural Resources Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program offers two advanced Beyond BOW workshops for women who have some outdoors experience, but wish to further their skills or simply have an opportunity to share a fun outdoors-related experience with other women.

BOW is offering a fly-tying winter getaway, Feb. 14-16, at Twin Pine Lodge, on the Au Sable River east of Grayling. This intermediate-level class covers more complex dry flies and terrestrials. Master fly tyer Jamie Thompson, of Indianapolis, will teach several traditional patterns, including the Adams, Robertís Yellow Drake, Borcherís Drake and several Caddis variations.

There also will be an opportunity to fish a stretch of the river that is restricted to flies only, catch-and-release fishing. No license is required, since the workshop is being held during Michiganís annual Winter Free Fishing Weekend. Participants also may enjoy snowshoeing or canoeing in the area.

The program begins Friday night at 7 p.m. with a fireside, get-acquainted party. The fly tying workshop begins Saturday morning and concludes after lunch on Sunday. The registration fee includes lodging and all meals, except dinner Saturday night. All equipment and supplies will be provided. The cost is $210 and checks, payable to the State of Michigan, may be sent to the Department of Natural Resources, BOW Program, P.O. Box 30745, Lansing, MI 48909.

BOW also is pleased to announce its first all-womenís archery clinic, set for March 15 at Bullís Eye Archery south of Charlotte. This 1-4 p.m. program includes instruction on equipment selection, proper fit, and the correct stance and hand positions. The clinic is held in a heated, indoor shooting range and there is ample time for shooting at paper targets as well as 3-D targets. The cost is $25. Advance registration is required. For more information, contact Lynn Marla, DNR BOW coordinator at; 517-241-2225.

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