Fly Fest angling for a crowd

IF you don't know the difference between wet and dry flies, floatants, sinkants and caddies, or think that casting is something Hollywood does before it starts filming, Sunday's Fly Fest, on the lake at Josef Chromy Wines, is for you.

Organiser Simone Hackett of Launceston's FlyShop 1864 said that the aim of Fly Fest was to introduce more women to a spot of fly-fishing.

``And although I'm ultimately trying to inspire more women into the sport - only 2 or 3 per cent of fishing licence sales are to women - the event is open to men, women and kids,'' she said.

``Participants will have the opportunity to learn from one of the world's fly-fishing greats, international superstar April Vokey, from Canada, who is presenting three booked-out classes on Saturday, Sunday and Monday and will also be there for festival participants.

``Most women perceive fly-fishing as difficult, but April will be showing them that it's not.

``We'll be collecting bugs out of the lake with the kids and there'll be casting games and demonstrations, fly-tying and an Australian Fly-Fishing Museum display.''

Ms Hackett said that all gear would be provided.

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WHAT: Fly Fest.

WHERE: Josef Chromy Wines, Relbia.

 WHEN: Sunday, March 2, from 12.30pm to 4pm.

COST: Adults $5, children free.

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