Otago Fish and Game is trying to lure women towards the joys
Ranger Steve Dixon said the idea of hosting a female-only
fishing class in Dunedin sprang from a month he recently
spent in the US states of Missouri and Massachusetts
researching angler education.
Fishing was a popular pastime for American women and
all-female fishing trips were common.
The number of female anglers in New Zealand was not recorded
because gender was not requested when a fishing licence was
issued, he said.
In the first fishing class, women would learn how to target
''The first class is going to be spin-fishing only. If it's
quite popular, we could advance and do another class on
beginner fly-fishing for women.''
The four-hour course would start with a theory session,
followed by a practical session at Dunedin's Southern
Males had not been excluded, as they could attend a mixed
gender class, Mr Dixon said.
The novice adult fishing class will be held on September 4,
the women-only beginner fishing class on September 5 and the
practical lesson for both classes will be at the Southern
Reservoir on September 6.
Fish stocks at Macraes Hatchery will be released to give the
anglers a greater chance of success.
Course bookings could be made at Otago Fish and Game, Mr