Thursday, January 21, 2010

Fly fishing gamble (Castalia application time)

Folks who'd like to get a handle on the fly fishing basics and enjoy Ohio's premier cold-water trout stream have an opportunity to do both.

The Ohio Division of Wildlife again is hosting its annual lottery for beginning fly-fishing clinics at its Castalia cold-water hatchery near Sandusky. In all, 135 slots are available in the free drawing, a partner to the agency's popular Castalia trout-fishing drawing, which runs to Jan. 31 and has a $3 on-line entry fee.

Wildlife Division personnel and volunteer instructors will offer two 4-hour informational sessions on April 30, May 7, May 14, May 21, and June 4. After the class each participant will have the chance to fish well-stocked Cold Creek.

And the selected applicant can bring along a friend, too.

To apply, applicants must submit a postcard listing their name, address, and telephone number. The guest's name also must be on the postcard. No duplicate postcards are acceptable.

Successful applicants will receive an assigned session date and time, and permits are not transferable.

Send applications to ODNR Division of Wildlife, District Two, 952 Lima Ave., Findlay, Ohio 45840, Attention: Linda Ringer.

The deadline for applying is April 2.

- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn

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