In its continuing effort to provide free fly-tying classes and workshops to the general public, as well as its own members, the Brodhead Chapter of Trout Unlimited (BTU) is offering a unique Saturday morning program to kick off its winter fly-tying programs and activities.

On three consecutive Saturdays, Jan. 5, 12 and 19 from 9 a.m. until noon, members of BTU will be on-hand at the Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Bartonsville, right off Route 611, to teach their favorite and effective Pocono trout-catching patterns.

The chief instructor for this course is PA State Champion flytier Scott Cesari, and he will be joined by the Master Fly-Tiers of the Brodhead TU Chapter. Bring your vise and fly-tying tools and learn how to tie flies from Eric Baird, Tom Battista, Don Baylor, Gerry Bortz, Todd Burns, Will Daskal and Bob Stevens.

During this three-week course, the public will learn the following competences: the essential skills required to tie trout flies, an understanding of the use of basic fly tying tools and materials, an understanding of the parts of a fly and the techniques needed to tie those parts. Participants will tie a set of basic fishable trout flies.

Materials covered in this course, including lesson plans and recipes, as well as step-by-step video clips covering the specific techniques addressed in all classes, will be available for viewing at scottcesariflytying.com.

Instruction for this comprehensive course is free, however, there is a small fee that covers the material packets required to tie several flies for each of the patterns covered in class.

For more information and to register, contact BTU Chapter President Tom Battista at (570) 236-1734, or send him an email at: mooseowl511@gmail.com. In addition, up-to-date information is available on the chapter's website at www.BrodheadTU.org.

The BTU Chapter's website, designed and maintained by the organization's secretary, Will Daskal, keeps track of all things fly-fishing in the Poconos.