Remember when an adult role model helped you put your first worm on a hook? Not long after that, you’d head down to the bog or the stream with a pal and drop lines in, catching trash fish and throwing them back, talking about sailfish and marlin. Still later, with an official rod and reel, there was that first strike from a fish you just knew would be good enough for fish and chips that night, or at least to take pictures of.
The next evolution? The sport that only men and women of calmness and grace ever master: flyfishing. And you have your chance to learn fly casting, at Water Connections: Fishing for Healthy Water, at the Standish Boat Launch on Sebago Lake, on Sunday, April 30 between 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The event is free, but space is limited.
As you may have guessed from the title, this workshop in the basics of fly casting (with some on-shore and on-water practice), is for a larger purpose: Sponsors Portland Water District, Sebago Lake Anglers Association, and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife want to start a conversation about the importance of Maine’s water ecosystems. And they put their money where their mouths are. For example, the Water District has a policy of contributing to conservation land purchases around the Sebago Lake Watershed, because the forests there are a very important part of creating and maintaining healthy drinking and fishing water.
Fly rods and and other equipment will be provided for participants, who must register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/water-connections-fishing-for-healthy-water-registration-33531424393 by April 27. Anglers ages 14 and up are welcome. Those 16 and over are required to have fishing licenses, which will be available for sale on site, either for the day or for the season. Organizers promise that even if you don’t get a nibble, you’ll be able to get up close and personal with some brook trout, as part of a talk about Maine fisheries and broader conservation strategies.
So stake out a deep, shady spot, and think like a fish. The strike happens when you’re in your Zen place.