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Special Interest Courses

Introduction to Fly Fishing

A student fly fishing at WVU Potomac State College

If you’ve heard that fly fishing only targets trout and salmon, you’ve heard wrong! Fly fishing today is as diverse as any style of fishing.  West Virginia University Potomac State College will continue their special interest class, Introduction to Fly Fishing, beginning March 12.

Today’s fly fisher can target a wide range of freshwater and saltwater species, from striped bass in the Chesapeake to Mako sharks off the California coast, and from sunfish and bass to muskie in our freshwater rivers and lakes.

With some of the best rivers and lakes right in our own back yard – the North and South Branches of the Potomac, the Savage River drainage system, the Casselman, and the Youghiogheny, the Mid-Atlantic region is ripe with opportunities for fly fishing.

And if you’ve heard that fly fishing is expensive, we’re here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be! There’s plenty of excellent equipment available at affordable prices.  During class sessions, we’ll show you the basics of what you need to know, from casting techniques to choosing equipment that won’t drain your bank account.

On Saturday, May 2, you’ll head out to a nearby river or lake for a day of outstanding fly fishing. 

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Cost: $99

Instructors: Charlie Laffey ( and Tom Sydow (

Schedule:  March 12, 26; April 9, 23; May 2 (every other Thursday) 

Time: 5 to 8 p.m.

Location: Science Hall 120