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Fly Fishing Clinic slated for May 13

WESTFIELD The Westfield River Watershed Association and the Western Massachusetts Fly Fishermen will offer a Fly Fishing Clinic for Youth on May 13.

The event will take place 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the turnout on Highway 20 in Hungtington across from the Huntington Health Center and Gateway Auto.

Youth of all ages will have the oppurtunity to learn to tie a fishing fly and to fly cast through the training of seasoned fly fishermen.

"The purpose of the event is to interest youth in fly-fishing, a low impact way to enjoy the Westfield River, and to appreciate the natural environment of the Westfield River," said Kathy Meyer a contact for the event.

The event will also include exhibits about the fish that live in the Westfield River and the life cycle of insects that are eaten by the fish.

Children can draw water samples from the river and look under a microscope at the organisms that live in the river.

Naturalists will help children hunt for and identify plants and insects in and near the water and learn how they fit into the river ecosystem.

This event is free and open to the public. Heavy rain will cancel the event. For further information contact Kathy Meyer at 568-4252 or Bill Rose at 786-0195.