Learn the skills and joy of fly fishing on May 8-9 in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

This Smoky Mountain Field School course include instruction in casting techniques, basic knot tying, reading the water, and on-stream demonstrations.

The course fee is $95; online registration is available.

Instructor Jim Casada will discuss essential equipment, popular mountain flies and their use, and trout-related entomology. On-stream photography will be covered briefly as well.

You must furnish your own equipment, and actual fishing is encouraged after class. If you plan to fish, you’ll need to provide your own license.

Casada will teach another two-day course on June 19-20. Online registration is also available for this course.

Casada is a retired university history professor, a son of the Smokies, an award-winning outdoor writer, and the author of several books on fly fishing, including Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park: An Insider’s Guide to a Pursuit of Passion.

Darrin Devault, UT Professional & Personal Development

Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/utnoncredit