Learn to tie flies at Monadnock Center event

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 11:31AM

Learn about spring trout flies and try your hand at tying a fly with members of Monadnock Trout Unlimited at an open house demonstration at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture on Saturday, April 15. From 10 a.m. to noon, Trout Unlimited members Mike Elkavitch and Lew Derby will demonstrate flies that are easy to tie but proven producers in the Monadnock Region and surrounding areas. Guests will be able to try their hand at tying a simple fly at the beginner’s table. The program is open to all ages and experience levels.

Participants can also visit Hooked!, an exhibit about fishing in the Monadnock Region.

Hooked! looks at the history of fishing in the region’s abundant rivers, streams, lakes and ponds. Learn about the extinct silver trout once found in Dublin Lake and the region’s role in fish cultivation and stocking. See the first American book devoted to fly fishing and learn about prize fish caught here. A series of excerpts from the local newspapers dating from 1876 to the 1920s illustrate the kinds of fish found in the area and the sometimes shocking quantities taken from the rivers and lakes.

The exhibit features a variety of antique and modern equipment, fishing flies, books, artwork, and vintage images that illustrate the story of fishing in the region and the changes that have occurred over the years. Included are paintings by sporting artists Roger Blum and Aiden Lassell Ripley and the dramatic Salmon River Maple by quilt artist and angler Susan Damone Balch.

Hooked! is on display through May 13. The Monadnock Center’s museum is open Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Museum admission is $3, free for members and children 12 and under.

The Monadnock Center for History and Culture is a community museum at 19 Grove Street in Peterborough. For more information or directions, visit MonadnockCenter.org or call (603) 924-3235.