Signup is now open for the Feb. 20-21 Illinois River Fly Fishing School at Tenkiller State Park and on the banks of the Illinois River. This basic course will feature sessions on tackle and gear, knots, flies, fly selection and casting techniques. On Saturday afternoon participants get on-stream instruction. Fly rods will be available for loan on Saturday. A state fishing license is not required for students during course instruction. Instructors are Mark Patton and Tom Adams. Patton Fly Fishing has offered this course for 27 years and early registration is suggested. Participants should bring a hat, sunglasses, rain gear, flashlight, alarm clock and appropriate clothing for Saturday's outdoor session. Participants are urged to bring their own equipment including rod and reel, flies, 3X leader and waders. A welcome session and orientation will begin at 8 a.m. Friday, with indoor session from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, followed by actual fishing instruction on the Illinois River. A fly selection and discussion session will begin at 7 p.m. after a dinner break. The course fee is $150, and an additional $35 pays for three meals, drinks and snacks. Lodging is available separately through Tenkiller State Park at 918-489-5643. For more information or to enroll call 405-340-1992.
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