FREE Childrens Fishing Clinic

Clinic to be held at Wellesley Island State Park, May 23, 2009, from noon to 2 p.m., followed by fly-fishing lessons from 2:30 to3:45 p.m.

Syracuse author/photographer Spider Rybaak will conduct his popular FREE children's fishing clinic at the park's Minna Anthony Common Nature Center.

Actual fishing will take place at the Nature Center's dock, a hot spot for sunfish, yellow perch and rock bass, and frequented regularly by smallmouth bass and northern pike.

The program is set up in two sections:

fishing for panfish from noon to 2 p.m.;

fly-fishing from 2:30 pm to 3:45 p.m.

Only five students will be allowed into the fly-fishing class on a first come first served basis.

Last year roughly 200 children attended the six clinics, and 98 percent caught fish.

Fishing tackle provided by Shakespeare, Cortland Line Company and Eagle Claw will be available, or bring your own.

Students aged 16 and over must possess a valid NYS fishing license.

Spider will have copies of his books "Fishing Eastern New York" and "Fishing Western New York" for sale.

For more information, including other dates the program will be offered this summer, call the nature center, 482-2479.

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