NW Fly Tyer and Fly Fishing Expo

2012 Fly Fishing Learning Center

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is partnering with the Oregon Chapter of the Federation of Fly Fishers to offer a Fly Fishing Learning Center at the upcoming 2012 Fly Tyer Expo on March 9th and 10th in Albany, Oregon.

Dedicated to the beginning fly angler both young and old, the Center will include several different learning stations that cover various aspects of the sport from fly casting to knot tying.

According to Shahab Farzanegan, ODFW Aquatic and Angling Education Coordinator, the Learning Center will have a broader focus than in past years.

“In the last few years we have had a more formal program targeted at school groups,” he said. “This year we’re excited to be having a more casual setting that will appeal to any new fly angler, plus it is open to the whole show at no additional cost.”

At the Learning Center, visit stations featuring fly tying, casting, fly and tackle selection, knot tying, fish biology and stream dynamics on the “River of Wonder”, wading and water safety, and fishing regulations and ethics. Each station will be staffed with trained volunteer instructors.

The area also will feature one of ODFW’s new Angler Education Event Trailers that were recently distributed throughout the state to support public family fishing events.

For information about the Fly Fishing Learning Center and the ODFW Aquatic and Angler Education program, contact: Shahab Farzanegan (503) 947-6017 or shahab.farzanegan@state.or.us


Young and old will enjoy the “River of Wonder”, where stream anatomy, fish location, and fish identification all come together. Yarn micro fly rods allow for casting and fly presentation practice… inside!


 Even the pro’s like to get into the act, Jason Borger( a presenter at this years expo) about to release a nice wild steelhead after the quick photo op., and he didn’t even get his feet wet.


ODFW Angler Education volunteer instructor, Mike Crickmer explains adaptations to the group with a “Stuffed Fish”, containing all the fish’s vital organs.


One of ODFW’s new Angler Education Event Trailers that were recently distributed throughout the state to support public family fishing events.