Learn to fish with hootchies

Posted: Friday, September 14, 2001

Juneau Community Schools is offering a course designed for both beginner and experienced sports fishermen.

Instructor Charles Nelson will show students how to tie hootchies and hooks and teach techniques for catching silver and king salmon. Students may bring their own supplies or buy bulk packets of untied hootchies locally. Nelson has worked for 10 years as a seine boat captain and for 36 years with AT&T Alascom. More information is available on Nelson's Web site at www.tyeetackle.com.

Hootchies, sometimes called "octopus baits," are bug-eyed, multi-legged creatures, artificial lures that come in dozens of bright colors.

Session I of the class meets Wednesdays from Sept. 26 to Oct. 10. Session II meets from Oct. 17 to Oct. 31. All classes occur from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Floyd Dryden Middle School. Cost is $18 plus a dollar for supplies. Registration continues at Community School's office in the basement of Harborview Elementary. For details, call 463-1717.

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