Grade 8 students at École NDA in Cheticamp were treated to an afternoon of fly casting on Tuesday, June 4th with Master Fly Casting Instructor, Lewis Hinks. The Cheticamp River Salmon Association has been organizing student fly casting workshops with Lewis, who also works with the Atlantic Salmon Federation, for the past few years.
Although rain was in the forecast, it held off, and nine students ended up participating in this year's workshop, along with their teacher, Perry Muise (who happens to be a very talented angler himself!). John Hart, president of the Margaree Salmon Association, helped Lewis lead the workshop. In addition, a couple of dedicated volunteers with the Association were also present to help instruct the students.
After learning how to tie knots and cast, the students were given rods and spent the rest of the workshop putting their new skills to practice. And, the instruction must have been good, because before long, students were catching some really nice fish!
The Cheticamp River Salmon Association will look forward to putting on another workshop next year. There is also talk of a pre-workshop classroom visit to have students make their own flies. We will keep you posted!