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Like fishing? Pass it on to kids

If you love to fish and want to pass on the fishing tradition to children and their families, then become a volunteer "Lets Go Fishing" instructor. Instructors in the "Lets Go Fishing Program organize or volunteer at fishing clinics in their communities or schools to teach successful fishing techniques and aquatic resource management. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is offering instructor training for volunteers on March 24-25 in Barre. Participants will learn about fishing techniques, ethics, fish ecology and management, and tackle craft. Classes are informal, and it is not necessary to have a high level of fishing expertise to become an instructor. Teachers of all grade levels are invited to learn how to use "Let's Go Fishing" in their curriculum from elementary through high school. It is a fun weekend learning new skills and techniques with anglers from around the entire state, says Program Coordinator Joel Flewelling. Plus, the Barre Fish and Game Club cooks some delicious meals for us. The Fish & Wildlife Department will provide instruction, assistance and curriculum materials. There is no charge for the training and meals will be provided. The workshop runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. More than 2,000 Vermont children and their families took part in "Lets Go Fishing" clinics last year across the state. If you are interested in attending the training and becoming an instructor contact: Joel Flewelling, Let's Go Fishing Program Coordinator, Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, P.O. Box 6004, Rutland 05702, (802) 747-7900, or e-mail joel@gwriters.com.

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