During last couple of fishing seasons, local fly tying experts from Allegheny Fly Tyers have helped scores of beginner and intermediate fly anglers to feel confident behind the vice. They'll begin two series of classes in September.
• International Angler: Beginner fly tying classes, 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 12 through Nov. 14. $30, materials and tools provided. 5275 Steubenville Pike, Robinson. 412-788-8088.
• Gander Mountain, West Mifflin: Intermediate and beginner fly tying classes, 6:45-8:45 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 10 through Nov. 12. $30, materials and tools provided. 4505 Century Drive, West Mifflin. Call instructors Vic Ball at 412-655-3337 or Bob Heil at 412-389-6037.
• Fishing instructor Karen Gainey will host Drop a Line at the Point, a free workshop 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 7 at Point State Park, Downtown. Details: 412-471-0235. Gainey will hold an eight-week Freshwater Fishing class Sept. 23 to Nov. 11 at Community College of Allegheny County. $109. 412-369-3737.
• The state Fish and Boat Commission will hold several fishing workshops: Family Fishing, 1-5 p.m. Sept. 8, Dutch Fork Lake, Washington County, 814-443-9841. Family Fishing, 4-7 p.m. Sept. 15, Lake Wilhelm, Mercer County, 814-683-5126. Ladies Fly Fishing Program, noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 15, Fisherman's Paradise, Spring Creek, Centre County, 814-359-5127. Register: www.fish.state.pa.us.
The distance by water from Sandusky, Ohio, to Presque Isle is about 200 miles. An incorrect mileage was given in a story last Sunday.
Too many geese
Pennsylvania's resident Canada goose population is about the same as last year's -- an estimated 279,000 birds. But that's more than the state can handle.
"The resident goose population appears to have declined over the past nine years following highly significant population expansion from 1990 to 2004, but it remains well above the ... management plan goal of 150,000," Game Commission waterfowl biologist Kevin Jacobs said in a written report.
This year's special Canada goose season runs Sept. 2-25. In parts of northwestern counties, the bag limit is three daily with nine in possession; throughout the rest of the state with some exceptions, it is eight daily and 24 in possession. Details: www.pgc.state.pa.us.
Two youth trap teams from the Evans City Rod and Gun Club recently took top honors in national competition. The Sub Junior team -- Hunter Szymanski, Kittanning; Evan McGlennen, Evans City; Gunnar Watson, Mars; Jack Noftz, Pittsburgh; and Eric Busa, Cranberry -- hit 963 of 1,000 targets thrown. The Junior team -- Danielle Green, Evans City; Drew Dengler, Cranberry; Ryan Ball, Cranberry; Anthony Armen, Cranberry; and Tyler Dunbar, Freedom -- hit 946 of 1,000 targets. Coaches were Tim Green and Andy Green.
Starting Sept. 3, Lake Wilhelm, Mercer County, will be drawn down 1 1/2 inches for an annual dam inspection.