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Old 02-06-12, 07:45 AM   #1
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Default 2012 Spring Fling Schedule of events

Hey gang,

Well, March 24th is just around the corner and that means it is almost Spring Fling time! We are expecting another great event this year and have a bunch of neat things for folks to come out to the hatchery for. Here is our tentative schedule of events (subject to change of course!):

Schedule of Events

8:00 to ??? - Drag Free Drift Training with Fishbreath (Landon):
Fishbreath (Landon) has stepped up again to lead the Drag Free Drift on-stream class at this years Fling. If new flyfishers are to learn one technique that will improve their ability to catch fish it would be "How to Make a Drag Free Drift". Landon is going to be conducting an on-stream class showing you how to accomplish this skill. Helping Landon will be several "Famous" NGTO Mentors that will work with the students. Landon will certainly be looking for additional volunteers to help his teach this class, so please consider helping him with this great training event. You do not have to be a pro to help out just a want to help your fellow fisherman. More details and sign up yo follow.

10:00 to 12:00 am - Beginner Fly tying with Steve Hudson: Steve Hudson is stepping up once again and will be providing an introductory class to fly tying. More details to Follow. Class size is limited, so please stay tuned for a sign up thread to reserve a space and so Steve will know what to prepare in the way of materials and printed materials. And remember to bring an empty fly box. By the time you're done, you'll be well on your way to filling it up!

9:00 to 10:00 - Small stream tactics: Our good friend Steve Hudson is going to present strategies to finding those top secret blue lines. He’ll cover the resources you’ll need to find those wild trout. This seminar will focus on map reading and general criteria for blue lines on public land. No small stream names will be disclosed.

Sooner or later, every fly rodder decides it's time to "boldly go where no one has gone before" -- and that means it's time to set out in search of those way-off-the-beaten-track streams that seldom if ever see another angler. Such streams are not much more than tiny blue lines on maps, and "bluelining" (as it's known) is the process of finding and fishing 'em!
Bluelining offers a unique angling experience that can combine exploration, adventure, and unforgettable fishing. How do you find these streams? How do you decide if they're fishable? How do you get to and fish them, and how do you make your trip a safe one?
We'll talk about those things and more in "Bluelining 101" at this year's Spring Fling!

10:00 to 10:45 - Shoal Bass - Where and How by Kent Edmonds This is going to be a can't miss seminar by none other than Kent Edmonds. With warmer weather right around the corner, this seminar will get you prepped to target a true Georgia Native fish. You'll be surprised how close they are and how willing they are to take an artificial lure or fly. Immediately follow come join Kent out on the casting field for...

10:45 to 11:30 - Moving Water Casts with Kent Edmonds Kent is following up his Shoal Bass presentation with a demonstration and class on useful moving water casts including tuck casts, aerial mends, and curves. This will take place on the casting field and there is no need to sign up. It's open to everyone.

Fly Casting Games by Tboy and Team Dead Drift - Tboy (Seth) will once again be holding the world famous Casting Games at the Fling. This is always a great event and open to everyone who want to give it a try. You don't have to be a casting professional to play, so come and join in. All skill levels are encouraged to give it a go and there will be several world class fly casters on hand to give you tips and pointers to improve your casting skills.

9:00 to Noonish - Various Demonstrations

Fly Tying by Orvis Tyer Kevin "Prowler" Griffin

Rod Building by Mike "Runner" Poppick

Outdoor Photography Techniques by Trent "Trentsize" Sizemore

Noonish to 1:00 pm - Free BBQ Lunch - Lunch is Served Provided by NGTO and cooked by Gold Star BBQ. Lunch will once again be cooked up by Brent Langley (B983) of Gold Star BBQ. For those of you that have been before, you know how good this is. If you can, please bring a side dish or dessert to share. We have had some great dishes that folks have brought and some that members look forward to each year. And if you think your dish is worthy, once again you can enter it to see if you can win the Iron Skillet Award for the best side dish of the 2012 Spring Fling.

Note: We will have a donation bucket at the food table for anyone who wishes to chip in to help us defray the cost of the BBQ lunch. We appreciate any and all donations as this allows us to support the many worth endeavors that NGTO supports each year. 

Directions to the Buford Hatchery

The Buford trout hatchery is located in Forsyth County on the banks of the Chattahoochee River just downstream of Lake Lanier and Buford Dam.

Directions from Interstate 85/985: Travel west on GA Highway 20. After you cross the Chattahoochee River you will turn right onto River Club Dr. (you will be entering a subdivision - look for the DNR hatchery sign). Travel approximately 1/2 mile on River Club Dr., turn right onto Trout Place Road (at the second hatchery sign). The hatchery is through the gate at the end of the road.

Directions from GA 400: Travel east on GA Highway 20 for approximately 4 1/2 miles, turn left onto River Club Dr. (into the subdivision) and follow the directions above.

Enter the following address in Google Maps for turn by turn directions from your house: 3204 Trout Place Rd., Cumming GA 30041

Helpful Fling Tips

Parking Information: For safety / emergency response reasons, we cannot park vehicles on both sides of the road leading into the hatchery. We will have parking volunteers to help you find parking inside the hatchery grounds. 

Please bring something to sit on! Tables and chairs will be available, but there are never enough chairs for everyone to be able to sit and eat lunch. To ensure you have a comfy place to rest your tushy, please bring along your own portable chairs.

Weather: March in Georgia can have just about any type weather you can imagine short of a blizzard. It might be sunny and 70 or cold as the dickens. Watch the weather closely before the Fling and dress accordingly. This is a rain or shine event, so please pray for a nice sunny day!

Kids? - Yes please bring them! NGTO loves kids and this event is a great way to expose them to trout fishing. The hatchery is a fascinating place and you and your kids can tour the grounds and even feed some trout chow to a few thousand hungry fish!

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