Gone Fishin’ with OLLI at Kennesaw State University

Looking for a great stress reliever? Check out fly fishing – one of the hottest fishing hobbies in the south! It also happens to be a favorite pastime of our benefactor, Bernard Osher.

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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the College of Continuing and Professional Education at Kennesaw State University offers “Fly Fishing for Seniors” taught by experienced fly fishing guide, Steve Lamb. “I started learning to fly fish 30 years ago on the Chattahoochee River. As time went by, I taught myself casting and kept learning everything I could about fly fishing,” says Steve. “Momma said I was a natural at fly fishing, which meant I had the natural ability to cast a fly rod without any instruction! I wouldn’t trade this sport for anything in the world!”

In the “Fly Fishing for Seniors” class, participants will learn basic casting, creating knots, tricks of the trade, reading the water and a great study on Entomology (the study of insects trout eat). “There is a lot of hands on learning for all those who are interested in this fast growing sport,” says Steve.

Fly fishing, however, isn’t just for the professional fisherman. Steve says his classes consist of both men and women, who are beginners, and a lot of avid fly fishers who want to improve their skills. You don’t need any experience to join the class.

Steve, aka “The Lambster,” has been fly fish guiding for 20 years and has been teaching for the OLLI program for 10+ years. “Steve’s enthusiasm for fly fishing is contagious,” says Michelle Girage, Assistant Director for OLLI. “His students enjoy the hands-on approach to learning and consider Steve’s depth of knowledge about this sport as the most valuable aspect of his classes.”

You can learn more of Steve’s tricks-of-the-trade in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute’s class, “Fly Fishing for Seniors,” starting March 8th or April 19th. We have two classes scheduled, both beginning on Thursday night from 7:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. for 4 consecutive weeks, cost is $99 per class.

For more information or to request our quarterly Newsletter, please contact Michelle Girage at 770-499-3340.

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