Minnesota's Largest Fly Fishing Event Wraps Up in St. Paul

March 19, 2017 07:51 PM

Minnesota's largest fly fishing event wrapped up Sunday afternoon after a successful weekend in St. Paul.

Hundreds of anglers wandered Hamline University this weekend for the Great Waters Fly Expo. It was an opportunity to stock up on new gear, improve casts and even learn how to tie flies.

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This year, anglers actually had a chance to fine-tune their cast with Hamline's pool. Marlene Huston, a certified casting instructor, gave lessons to some people who had never even picked up a rod before.

"It's just learning the timing, the speed that you need to cast and your stop," Huston said. "There's just some basic things you need to know, and then you can work any cast from there."

The expo was also an opportunity to make friends within the fly fishing community. Monta Hayner, the chair of Fly Fishing Women of Minnesota, said the expo is one of the biggest outreach opportunities for the group. In just the last year, the Fly Fishing Women of Minnesota saw a 25 percent jump in participation.

"We've seen a big increase in membership in the last year," Hayner said. "I  see a lot more women this year at the expo than even last year."

The proceeds from the Great Waters Fly Expo go to Minnesota Trout Unlimited. The nonprofit then uses the funds for stream restoration, education and outreach. For more information on Trout Unlimited's seven Minnesota chapters, click here.


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