The local Dolores River Anglers of Trout Unlimited and the Parks and Recreation Department of the city of Cortez, announce their second annual fly fishing clinic and fishing derby on Tuesday, June 14, at Parque de Vida.
The day begins at 9 a.m. and goes until noon with a beginners basic fly casting clinic for the youth. Kids aged 10-16 are invited to learn the basics of casting, knots, proper gear and fly tying during engaging stations and activities. If the kids have fly rods, please bring them. If they dont, rods will be provided.
That evening from 5:30 to 9 p.m., the fun continues with a fishing derby. Colorado Division of Wildlife donated fish to stock the Parque de Vida pond behind the Cortez Recreation Center with trout for this event. The Rotary Club will be helping as well.
Families are encouraged to come out and spend some quality time fishing.
Fly rods, regular fishing rods, bait and lures are all acceptable to fish with. People must bring their own rods. The only rule is whatever fish you catch, you have to keep. There will be a cleaning station available. This is a great chance to catch some fish.
Ten adults are invited to participate in the basics of fly fishing from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Adults will be learning knots, casting, gear; all the basics.
Preregistration is required at the front desk of the Cortez Rec Center. Contact Brad Waltman to borrow a rod at 759-0715.
The goal of these events is to inspire tomorrows anglers, today. All events are free, but registration is necessary.
The fishing guides are Waltman and Dale Smith. Between the two of them, they have more than 60 years of experience. As TU members, their goal is to teach the youth and adults the techniques of fly fishing for education by nonprofit. Smith is the president of TU and Waltman is the education chairman. For those who would like to learn more about Trout Unlimited, please contact Smith for a schedule of meetings at 759-3020.