Hawkin Port-Lettington with his catch. (Photo submitted)
Several members of Trout Unlimited recently assisted with a mini-course for Decorah Middle School students.
The mini-course for seventh and eighth grade students focused on the art of fly-fishing. The experienced anglers from Trout Unlimited assisted the students in learning how to cast a fly rod.
The students spent the morning learning the basics of fly-fishing, including learning how to cast, fly tying and also identifying the different trout species located in Winneshiek County. Naturalist and Natural Resource Manager Larry Reis taught the students how to tie their own fly, a skill they were able to use while fishing in the afternoon. During the afternoon session, the students were then able to try out their newly learned skills, with many students successfully catching their first trout on a fly rod.
The mini-course was part of a school-wide program that provides students with opportunities to learn and try new things.