2 family fishing programs planned along Pine Creek

SLATE RUN – The state Fish and Boat Commission will hold two Family Trout Fishing programs from noon to 5 p.m. May 17 at Tombs Flat along Pine Creek.

One program will introduce families to the use of spinning gear to catch trout. Participants will have the opportunity to use spinners and other lures to catch trout on Pine Creek.

The other program will introduce families to the use of fly fishing gear to catch trout.

Participants in both programs will have the opportunity to catch trout using their new skills.

The programs result from a partnership between Slate Run Tackle Shop, the commission, the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry, local Trout Unlimited chapters, and several local volunteers. Participants will receive hands-on instruction from the partners. All equipment is provided.

Both programs will include instruction on equipment, casting, lures and flies, knot tying and on-water skills. Using their new skills, participants will have the opportunity to fly-fish or spinner fish over freshly stocked brown trout; stocking courtesy of Slate Run Tackle Shop.

Slate Run also will provide voluntary youth fishing license vouchers, hot dog lunch and a fishing goodie bag.

The fishing license requirement is waived for participants age 16 and older. Children must be 6 years of age and older to participate and be accompanied by an adult. Children must accompany adults.

Registration is due by 4 p.m. May 12. Visit www.gonefishingpa.com for more information and to register, or contact Amidea Daniel at 814-359-5127 or adaniel@pa.gov.