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Wakatipu Angling Club is casting around for would-be anglers to enroll in its next fly fishing course. 

The club has taught hundreds of locals since it started the annual courses in 1985. 

Club president Brian Richards says it’s for beginner anglers and those who want to tighten up on skills. 

This year’s course runs at Wakatipu High next Tuesday, October 9, and Thursday and again the following Tuesday and Thursday. 

The first hour, from 6.30pm, comprises casting practice on the school grounds before lessons continue inside for another hour or so. 

Subjects include equipment needed, fly-fishing techniques, regulations, reading the water and stalking, fighting and landing. 

The course finishes with rainbow trout fishing at Jack’s Point’s Lake Tewa on October 20. 

Participants register at Outdoor World, Remarkables Park – the fee is $115. 

Richards says fly fishing is coming into its own with fish playing harder to get locally. 

“It can be more successful than spin fishing and a lot of people aren’t catching fish trawling as fish seem to be very deep.”