TULSA - If a free course in fly fishing sounds like your cup of tea, then Saturday morning you'll want to show up at the Gadget Company at 15th and Boston in Tulsa.
It's year four of "Fly Fishing 101," starting at 9:00 a.m.
Participants can visit various stations to learn about the many aspects of fly fishing, from rods and reels, to casting, to tying flies.
Oklahoma does have two year-round areas which are stocked with trout, but the fly fishing technique can also net bass, carp, and pretty much any fish, according to Trout Unlimited member and fly fishing expert Scott Hood.
One is the lower Illinois River below Lake Tenkiller, the other is the lower Mountain Fork River near Broken Bow, Oklahoma.
The sport is growing in popularity, especially among women.
Amy Adkins, owner of The Gadget Company, tells KRMG that fly fishing paraphernalia accounts for about 30 percent of their sales.
They are the only authorized retailer for Orvis fly-fishing equipment.
A portion of the sales during this year's event benefit Project Healing Waters, which helps disabled veterans heal through the enjoyment of fly fishing.
They build their own rods, tie their own flies, and reconnect with nature through the program, at no cost to them.eterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder,” says Adkins.
- What: The Gadget Company’s Fly Fishing 101 Event
- When: Saturday, May 3rd – 9 am. – 2 p.m.
- Where: The Gadget Company Parking Lot – 15th & Boston
- Admission: Free!