Advanced fly fishing workshop for women: MI

Article Posted: March 12, 2004

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Advanced fly fishing workshop for women

The Department of Natural Resources Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program today announced a May 21-23 fly fishing workshop for women, at Twin Pine Lodge near Grayling.

This Beyond BOW workshop focuses on intermediate fly fishing instruction in a private setting on the Au Sable River. Emphasis is geared toward women who already have basic fly fishing skills and their own equipment, although some equipment will be available. Enrollment is limited to ensure a quality experience. The small number of participants allows plenty of time for personal, hands-on instruction. Participants can practice casting in a small, private, stocked pond or fish the the Au Sable River, regarded as one of Michiganís premier trout waters.

"We are very pleased that noted fly fisher Dorothy Schramm has agreed to lead this workshop," said DNR BOW Coordinator Lynn Marla. "Dorothy is a founding member of Flygirls of Michigan and has actively supported the BOW program from its very beginning in 1994."

Schramm also is a member of the Federation of Fly Fishers and recently won the prestigious Cornelius M. Schrems Trout Unlimited Chapter award in recognition of her outstanding service to fellow fly anglers through extraordinary contributions to the arts, skills and lore of trout fishing.

Marla said Schramm will be assisted by Julie Nielsen, an outstanding angler and commercial fly tying expert.

"Dorothy and Julie will be helping the participants learn the finer points of the art of fly fishing. It promises to be a great weekend, and the Twin Pine Lodge is a wonderful setting."

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman is a DNR-sponsored program. Its workshops focus on learning outdoor skills usually associated with hunting and fishing, but useful for many outdoor pursuits. Designed for women, it helps women 18 or older gain knowledge and confidence in a friendly atmosphere.

For more information on this workshop and other BOW programs, contact Lynn Marla at 517-241-2225; e-mail:, or visit the DNR Web site at

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