Out and About: Clark-Skamania Flyfishers offer fly tying classes

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The Clark-Skamania Flyfishers are offering a course titled Introduction to Fly-Tying. The course is offered to members and non-members and provides students with 16 hours of fly-tying instruction by some of the region’s most experienced tiers.

In addition to the lectures and demonstrations, students receive one-on-one instruction each week from volunteer instructors who provide a hands-on approach to learn fly tying.

The dates of the 2018 Beginning Fly Tying Class are four consecutive Saturdays starting on Jan. 20, Jan. 27, Feb. 3 and Feb. 10 from 2 to 6 p.m. The location of the classes is at the 40 Et 8 Voiture 99 Building at 7607 NE 26th Ave, Vancouver, (next to the Bingo Parlor).

The cost is $45 which includes all equipment and supplies necessary to learn a solid basis of techniques in the art of fly tying. Payment is a check made out to CSF and mailed to 9328 Ne. 96th St., Vancouver. Contact Alan Wood at (360) 904-7797.

Mt. Hood Meadows begins night operations Friday

Mt. Hood Meadows will kick off the night season Friday, with three lifts scheduled to operate until 9 p.m. The launch of nights places the ski area on its regular daily operating schedule of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

The southside terrain serviced by the Daisy, Easy Rider and Buttercup lifts, along with the Ballroom Carpet will be operating until 9 p.m.

Meadows has a 21-inch base and early season conditions exist, so skiers and snowboarders need to be aware of unmarked obstacles. With snow in the forecast this weekend, and increasing next week, resort officials expect to operate more lifts and terrain as conditions allow.

For the daily lift operational schedule and conditions visit the resort conditions page at www.SkiHood.com.

First two State Parks free days of 2018 coming up in January

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is offering two free days in January, when visitors to state parks will not need a Discover Pass for day-use visits.

The first free day is Monday Jan. 1, which also coincides with First Day Hikes, a nationwide initiative that aims to get people outdoors on New Year’s Day. More than three dozen Washington state parks are hosting.

The second free day is Monday, Jan. 15, MLK Day.