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Cold winter days and nights afford extra indoor hours to get set up for fishing forays this coming spring and summer.

Two fly-tying programs have been set up for anglers at all skill levels to learn more about patterning just the right props on a hook to entice trout and other fish to this bug-, minnow- or fly-like piece of terminal tackle.

Orvis Buffalo in the Eastern Hills Mall offers “Free Fly Tying 101 Classes” from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays from Jan. 18 to Feb. 22.

Instruction focuses on fly construction used on the smallest streams to open ocean waters. These free classes require pre-registration to determine class size. For more details and to register, check with Adam Cook or Adam Schroeder in the Orvis store at 276-7200.

The Canandaigua Lake Chapter of Trout Unlimited holds its popular “Beginner’s Fly Tying School,” a series of eight classes starting Jan. 22.

Conducted Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Canandaigua Wood Library, different expert instructors teach each session. A $60 registration fee covers instruction, materials and one-on-one help from experienced assistants.

While the school is keyed to beginners, the class is designed for new and experienced anglers.

For details on this tying school, call Dick Steinhelder at (585) 381-9404 or go to canandaigualaketu.org.

Rabbit derby set

The Seventh Annual Frank Privitere Memorial International Rabbit Hunting Derby hits bunny trails Jan. 25 for hunters around Western New York and Ontario Province within driving distance of the awards site at American Legion Post No. 63 at 144 Kirby Ave. in Lackawanna.

New Empire Beagle Club hosts the event that provides resources for worthy causes. This year’s proceeds benefit the Kaely’s Kindness Foundation, which serves teenage girls living with cancer (www.HkaelysKindness.org).

For registration details, call Rick Giermata (602-5017) or email RJGwoof@aol.com.

River Academy upcoming

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeepers provide hand-on training about the Niagara River watershed with its River Academy on Saturdays from Jan. 25 to May 17.

Classes show programs and volunteer efforts are transforming the area’s rust belt past into a beautifully restored waterway.

For details on registration options, call Robbyn Drake at 852-7483 (ext. 12) or email rdrake@bnriverkeeper.org.

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