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

The Mid-Atlantic region is ripe with opportunities to fly fish for trout, bass, and muskie, 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, the Youghigheny, the list is endless.

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. In 5 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. We’ll get you started in your new pursuit, ready to fish, wherever you may go. 

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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