LA GRANDE - What's a Wooly Bugger? What's a bodkin? Find out at Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's (ODFW) Fly Tying workshop scheduled Feb. 9 in John Day.
At the workshop, participants will learn the basics of fly tying by actually tying basic trout fishing flies such as the Wooly Bugger, Elk Hair Caddis, Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear, Black Ant and the Olive Damsel.
In addition to tying skills, instructors will cover identification of aquatic insects and how they relate to fly-tying.
"The workshop is open to anyone 18 years of age and older and is designed for beginners, but all skill levels are welcome," said Mary Hoverson, ODFW's Northeast Region Education Coordinator.
Space in the fly tying workshop is limited to 15 participants and pre-registration is required, according to Hoverson. The $30 registration fee covers instruction, program materials, use of equipment and lunch. The workshop will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This workshop is one of several offered under ODFW's Passport to the Outdoors Program. The program is designed to provide instruction and hands-on outdoor skill-building activities to participants in a casual and supportive environment. Events and workshops are held year-round at locations throughout the state.
Workshops scheduled January through June include a small game hunting clinic, fly tying, a day at an archery range, outdoor/dutch oven cooking, fly fishing and a day at a shooting range. The workshops are open to anyone 18 years of age and older with some exceptions. There are events and workshops designed for families to attend and some designed for women under the Becoming An Outdoors Woman Program.
Anyone interested in registering for this workshop or wanting more information about other workshops scheduled can visit ODFW's website (http://www.dfw.state.or.us/outdoor_skills), or contact ODFW's registrar at (503) 947-6025. Locally, registration forms are available at ODFW's district office in John Day.