Youth fly fishing expo returns to Battle Point Park

Youth fly fishing expo returns to Battle Point Park

Put down the iPads and log out of the Facebook to enjoy an afternoon of teaching Bainbridge’s young whippersnappers a thing or two about the finer points of the roll cast, during this year’s Youth Fly Fishing Expo.

The fifth annual Youth Fly Fishing Expo will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 4 at the north pond over at Battle Point Park.

Join the Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park &Recreation District, Trout Unlimited, Bainbridge Island Fly Fishing Club, and Peninsula Outfitters for a great day of learning to fly fish for trout.

This expo will feature hands-on instruction, casting clinics, fly tying, catch-and-release techniques, cool door prizes, and local information about where to fish.

All skill levels are welcome, newbies will be taught the basics before practicing with a hook on the pond.

This is set to be a fantastic family event, rods, reels and flies will be available to borrow for free on a limited basis.

Jeff Ozimek, an organizer for the event, said that the kids will be able to enjoy the joy of fly fishing in all its glory.

“The kids love tying their own flies; they’ll use big, pink feathers and add big, googley eyes,” Ozimek said.

“Then, they eventually feel the pain — when they get it snagged in a tree and lose it. They’re really getting the full-spectrum fly fishing experience,” Ozimek joked.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun. The trout should be pretty hungry,” he added.

Parents are welcome to attend for free and/or help instruct their kids. The expo is for youth age 6 to 17; registration is $10 per child.

To participate, contact the park district at 206-842-2306, ext. 1 and cite activity #131867, or register online at www.biparks.org.

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