Adventure briefs for March 20


Guide shares tips for hooking spring chinook

Nic Norbeck, owner of Elite Guide Service, will give a presentation on spring chinook fishing at Wednesday’s meeting of the Olympia Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Norbeck, of Olympia, will talk about back bouncing and hover fishing for springers. He also will demonstrate some typical rigs and gear for these fishing methods.

Refreshments will be served, and a fishing equipment raffle will be conducted following the presentation, according to a news release from the chapter.

The meeting, open to the public, will start at 7 p.m. at the North Olympia Fire Station, 5046 Boston Harbor Road NE, Olympia.

You can learn more about Norbeck at eliteguideservice.com or 360-459-4134.

Fly fishing

Class will teach fly casting fundamentals

Sportsman’s Warehouse is offering a single-day class on the fundamentals of fly casting. The class will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 3.

The session combines instruction, demonstration and practice on local, private water. Beyond casting, topics covered include equipment, leaders, knots, rod assembly and care.

Instructors include Darrel Martin, certified by the International Federation of Fly-Fishers (United States) and The Advanced Professional Game Angling Instructors (United Kingdom), and Michael Martin, experienced guide and instructor.

Students should bring their own equipment (rod, reel and line) if they have it. All equipment is available for free day-loan for the class. Participants also should bring rain gear, a brimmed hat, protective eyewear, lunch and drink.

The cost is $50 (cash only, includes a $30 deposit to reserve your spot). The class size is limited. For registration and further information, contact the Federal Way store at 253-835-4100.

Shooting sports

Friends of NRA to host annual fundraiser

Tickets are available for the Mount Rainier Friends of NRA’s 23rd annual fundraiser.

The doors will open at 4 p.m. for the April 9 event, to be held at the Emerald Queen Casino Conference and Ballroom in Fife.

A prime rib buffet dinner will start at 7 p.m., followed by a live auction. There will also be other fundraising activities throughout the evening.

Proceeds from the event are used to support firearm safety training, hunter education and the shooting sports. In January, more than $200,000 was granted to state organizations supporting hunter education programs, junior shooting teams, Boy Scouts, VFWs, 4H clubs, FFA clubs, JROTCs teams, American Legions and other sport shooting organizations.

For ticket information, contact 253 841-7113 or protect2ndamd@comcast.net.


National Geographic honors teacher

Michelle Bretherton, an educator from Olympia who teaches kindergarten at Rochester Primary School, has been selected one of the 2016 Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellows.

Bretherton is one of 35 educators from the United States and Canada to be honored for their commitment to geographic education.

In June, Bretherton and the others will board the National Geographic Explorer for a trip to the Arctic for a field experience, accompanied by Lindblad-National Geographic expedition experts.

Before the trip, she will travel to National Geographic Society’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in hands-on workshops.

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