CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD)- The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE) runs from February 16-18th. SEWE is filled with demonstrations and hands-on learning opportunities, including fly fishing.
Rich LaVecchia, Owner of Charleston Angler, says, “A good majority of the population definitely spends a lot of time out on the water and if you’re out on the water, if you’re not at the beach, you’ve got a rod and reel in hand.”
At The Charleston Angler, they specialize in fly fishing.
Manager of the Mt. Pleasant store, Tyler Almond, is also a fly fishing instructor. He says, “With fly fishing, you actually have to manipulate the rod and the line in order to present the fly where you want it to go.”
Almond says part of the appeal of fly fishing is the added element of strategy.
He says, “We like to think of it as more of a hunt per se than actual fishing because you are going out and stalking the fish most of the time. So it takes a little bit more time and energy, yes, but it’s very rewarding.”
Almond adds, instead of starting out on the water, lessons are given on dry land.
He says, “The best way to learn is really in an open space in the grass because flies get hung up. It can be dangerous if you’re new to the sport and we really want to hone in on the basics.”
He says kids as young as five can learn how to throw a fly. The Charleston Angler is offering free lessons during SEWE at Brittlebank Park. A cast net demo will be offered Feb. 16 at noon, the fly fishing demo will be Feb. 16 at 2 PM and Feb. 18 at noon, a saltwater inshore fishing demo will be Feb. 17 at noon and Feb. 18 at 2 PM, and the saltwater offshore fishing demo will be Feb. 17 at 2 PM. For a complete calendar of the fishing demo events, click here.