Outdoors

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Education

Learn techniques behind fly casting

With the arrival of fall will come some of the best fly fishing of the year. It also is a good time to learn how to fly cast.

Sportsmen’s Warehouse in Federal Way is offering “The Fundamentals of Fly Casting” class Sept. 14 from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

This class will introduce students to the equipment needed, leaders, knots and the fundamentals of fly casting. Each session combines instruction, demonstration and a chance to practice on private waters.

The instructors include Darrel Martin, certified by the International Federation of Fly-Fishers and the Advanced Professional Game Angling Instructors in the United Kingdom, and store staffers.

If you have your own equipment — fly rod, reel with backing and a floating line, and leader — bring it along. Equipment is available for free day-loan during this class. Students should have rain gear, a brimmed hat and protective eyewear. Students also should bring lunch and something to drink.

The cost is $50, cash only. A partial payment of $30 will reserve your spot. For further information on this classes and others, call Sportsman’s Warehouse at 253-835-4100.

Interest assessment

Recreation task forces finalizing recommendations

The state Parks and Outdoor Recreation Task Force has posted online its draft report on recommendations the group will make to the governor.

The task force has been working for about five month, using surveys to assess the public’s participation in the outdoors and recreational activities. The group also has received more than 3,000 comments since April.

The task force is expected to submit its draft recommendations to Gov. Jay Inslee by Thursday. The final report is due Sept 19.

The Recreation and Conservation Office has posted the draft report at rco.wa.gov/boards/TaskForce.shtml. The public has until 5 p.m. Thursday to comment on the proposals. Comments can be sent by email to policychanges@rco.wa.gov.

Navigation

App offers access to maps

People who like to recreate and visitors to the Puget Sound area now have access to a mobile application that allows downloading of maps for offline use. Avenza’s PDF Maps app allows users to download maps such as hiking or shoreline maps. Once downloaded, there is no need for Internet service to access the downloaded map.

Several organizations, such as the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Geological Survey, NOAA and others, have partnered with Avenza Systems Inc., to provide Apple iOS- or Android-friendly maps. The maps are available to download, many for free, at pdf-maps.com/get-maps.

The maps include places such as Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic and Gifford Pinchot national forests, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, Puget Sound and the city of Tacoma.

Users also can take advantage of their device’s built-in GPS to track their location on the map. They also can plot and record information about locations, import and export placemarks, measure distance and area and even plot photos, according to a company news release.

Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor, jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com

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