FAYETTEVILLE — Space is still available for the inaugural Marabou Madness Fly-Tying event, which will be held this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with the Fayetteville chapter of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, is hosting the free, public event, which will feature fly-tying demonstrations from accomplished fly-tiers such as Anthony Hipps, the originator of the Hipps’ popper, fly-tying contests, casting games and raffles. Proceeds from the raffles will go to the Fayetteville PHWFF, which will use the money to fund future fly-fishing activities and outings.
“This is our first year holding this event and we encourage everyone to come out to help support our wounded, active-duty military personnel and disabled veterans,” said Tom Carpenter, a fisheries educator with the Pechmann Center. “Fly tying is a very beneficial activity for wounded and/or disabled veterans because it greatly stimulates the cognitive thought process and refines fine motor skills, which can help them recover from their injuries.
“As an added bonus, anglers take great pleasure in being able to craft lures that catch fish.”
Participants are encouraged to bring their own fly-tying equipment although tools and materials will be provided to anyone who would like to learn to tie flies. Lunch also will be provided. Pre-registration is required. Contact Tom Carpenter at Thomas.email@example.com or 910-868-5003, ext. 15.
PHWFF is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for injured, active-duty military members and disabled veterans to participate in fly-fishing activities, such as fly-casting, fly-tying and rod-building. Additionally, participants can take part in several fly-fishing outings that are offered each year, at no charge.
The John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center is located at 7489 Raeford Road, across from Lake Rim. Wildlife Commission staff at the Pechmann Center conducts fishing workshops, events and clinics throughout the year. Most programs are free and open to the public. For more information about the center, or to check on summer clinics, visit www.ncwildlife.org and click on the “Learning” link.