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Angler education calendar

MassWildlife hosts learn-to-fish events throughout the year. Instructors are always on site at clinics and fishing festivals to help you reel in your first catch.
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Upcoming fishing festivals, clinics, and classes

February 27: Family Ice Fishing Clinic, Sudbury This is a free family friendly learn to ice fish event at Puffer Pond in the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge (Winterberry Way, Sudbury), 4–6 p.m. Bring your ice fishing equipment, or borrow ours, equipment and bait will be provided. This event is co-sponsored by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Open to the public, pre-registration is mandatory. Please contact Jim Lagacy to register at jim.lagacy@mass.gov or (508) 389-6309. 

March 5 & 7: Beginner Fly Tying Class, Beverly – Learn the basic skills of tying your own flies during this free, hands-on, two-session course offered at Endicott College in Beverly, (376 Hale Street, Beverly), 6–8 p.m. All tools and tying materials provided. *Open to the public, for beginning fly tiers only, minimum age is 15. Pre-registration is mandatory. To register or for more information, please contact Jim Lagacy at (508) 389-6309 or jim.lagacy@mass.gov.

March 12 & 14: Beginner Fly Tying Class, Westborough Learn the basic skills of tying your own flies during this free, hands-on, two-session course offered at the MassWildlife Field Headquarters (1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough), 7–9 p.m. All tools and tying materials provided. *Open to the public, for beginning fly tiers only, minimum age is 15. Pre-registration is mandatory. To register or for more information, please contact Jim Lagacy at (508) 389-6309 or jim.lagacy@mass.gov.

March 19 & 21:  Advanced Fly Tying Class, Westborough Learn new fly tying skills during this free, hands-on, two-session course offered at the MassWildlife Field Headquarters (1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough), 7–9 p.m. All tools and tying materials provided. This event is co-sponsored by the Charlton Conservation Department. *Open to the public, for intermediate to advanced fly tiers only, minimum age is 15. Pre-registration is mandatory. To register or for more information, please contact Jim Lagacy at (508) 389-6309 or jim.lagacy@mass.gov.

June 12: Family Fishing Clinic, Holden This is a family friendly, learn to fish clinic at Trout Brook Conservation Area (354 Manning St), 6:30–8 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the Nashua River Watershed Association. *Open to the public. Pre-registration is required. To register or for more information, contact Kathryn Nelson of the Nashua River Watershed Association at kathrynn@nashuariverwatershed.org

Past events

January 15 & 17:  Beginner Fly Tying Class, Sudbury – Learn the basic skills of tying your own flies during this free, hands-on, two-session course offered at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center (680 Hudson Rd. in Sudbury), 6:30–8:30 p.m. All tools and tying materials provided. *Open to the public, for beginning fly tiers only, minimum age is 15. Pre-registration mandatory. Please contact Jim Lagacy to register at jim.lagacy@mass.gov or (508) 389-6309.

January 29 & 31:  Beginner Fly Tying Class, Belchertown– Learn the basic skills of tying your own flies during this free, hands-on, two-session course offered at MassWildlife's Connecticut Valley District Office (341 East Street, Belchertown), 6:30–8:30 p.m. All tools and tying materials provided. *Open to the public, for beginning fly tiers only, minimum age is 15. Pre-registration mandatory. Please contact Jim Lagacy to register at jim.lagacy@mass.gov or (508) 389-6309.

February 2: Family Ice Fishing Festival,  Pittsfield  This is a free learn to ice fish event at Pontoosuc Lake (81 Narragansett Avenue) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Please park on the street around the park and walk onto the lake from there.) Bring your ice fishing equipment, or borrow ours; equipment and bait will be available on a first come, first served basis. This event is in cooperation with the Western Massachusetts Boy Scout Council. *Open to the public, no pre-registration required. For more information contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@mass.gov or (508) 389-6309. *PLEASE NOTE:  Less than 6" of safe ice, rain, or heavy snow will cancel this event. 

February 5 & 7: Beginner Fly Tying Class, Charlton – Learn the basic skills of tying your own flies during this free, hands-on, two-session course offered at the US Army Corps of Engineers Buffumville Dam Field Office (48 Old Oxford Rd., Charlton), 79 p.m. All tools and tying materials provided. This event is in cooperation with the US Army Corps of Engineers Buffumville and the Charlton Conservation Department. *Open to the public, for beginning fly tiers only, minimum age is 15. Pre-registration is mandatory. Please contact Todd Girard to register at todd.girard@townofcharlton.net or (508) 248-2247. 

February 9: Family Ice Fishing Festival,  Chesterfield  This is a free learn to ice fish event at Scout Pond – Tolgy Wood (the old Chesterfield Scout Reservation at Sugar Hill Road in Chesterfield) from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Bring your ice fishing equipment, or borrow ours; equipment and bait will be available on a first come, first served basis. This event is in cooperation with the Western Massachusetts Boy Scout Council. *Open to the public, no pre-registration required. For more information contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@mass.gov or (508) 389-6309. *PLEASE NOTE:  Less than 6" of safe ice, rain, or heavy snow will cancel this event. 

February 9: Family Ice Fishing Festival, Oxford – **THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO UNSAFE ICE CONDITIONS.**

February 10: MacGyver “Ed” Peary Ice Fishing Derby, Billerica – **THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO UNSAFE ICE CONDITIONS.**

February 18: Ice Fishing Clinic, Ashfield  This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to ice fish event at Ashfield Lake, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Meet at the Lake House Dock at 41 Buckland Road, Ashfield. Bring your ice fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with the Mohawk Trail Regional School District After Care Program. *Open to the public, pre-registration required. For more information and to register, please contact Alia Woofenden at awoofenden@mohawkschools.org*PLEASE NOTE:  Less than 6" of safe ice, rain, or heavy snow will cancel this event. 

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