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Notes from the North Woods

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These results should come as no great surprise, really. I ‘ve yet to meet a visitor who has traveled to Essex County to attend an opera!

The vast majority of our visitors come for the natural attractions, and as parents, we must do more to ensure our children learn to appreciate this fact. We must also make sure our local youth have appropriate opportunities to enjoy the local surroundings.

Adirondackers have always raised their children with a solid connection to the environment. It has helped to shape their character and foster an understanding of natural processes. It is a vital component of our regions culture and huge part of the North Country ‘s heritage.

The Adirondack Interpretive Center has been making this initiative their mission for several years. The staff has been providing a wide range of outdoor skill education programs, and they plan to continue it next weekend with a series on Fly Fishing hosted by Adirondack guide Rick Kovacs.

Kovacs is an accomplished flyfisherman, who operates Packbasket Adventures in the sprawling northern metropolis of Wanakena, which is located up Cranberry way.

Rick travels annually to the AIC in Newcomb to present programs on flyfishing, and to visit a community of comparable size to his own.

The program is designed for beginners and intermediate level flyfishing enthusiasts. Topics will include: Insects important to fly fishing, fly fishing in the Adirondacks, correction of fly casting mistakes for intermediates, gear selection and fly lines, basic fly casting for beginners, and fly tying.

Weather permitting, participants will have the chance to practice their skills on the water. Fly fishing rods are available to rent for a $25 fee. Advance registration is required, $25 per person per session, call 518-582-2000 or email aic@esf.edu. Bring your lunch to each workshop.

The workshop provides a great opportunity for local residents, as well as visitors to learn the ins and outs of flyfishing just in time to enjoy New York’s Free Fishing Days next weekend on June 29-30.

Joe Hackett is a guide and sportsman residing in Ray Brook. Contact him at brookside18@adelphia.net.

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