If you’re still trying to find a great gift for the fishing fan who has every gadget, maybe you need to look farther away. Perhaps all the way to the N.C. mountains.
The Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians, which opened in June in downtown Cherokee, offers memberships, and “we can do gift certificates” for the museum gift shop, said Alen Baker of Huntersville, who is the acting curator and museum founder.
The museum has 2,400 square feet of exhibits housed in locally crafted cases of acrylic and Surry County barn wood, and Phase 2 will add aquariums with live trout to the 5,000-square-foot building this winter, Baker said.
Donations, memberships and sales from a gift shop operated by the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce help fund the museum.
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Gift shop items include hats, T-shirts, jackets, Great Smoky Mountains trout stream maps on CDs and jump drives, and fly-fishing prints by well-known artists.
“We can ship items. We can process a card over the phone,” Baker said.
Sales also help fund programs that include volunteer-led fly-tying and rod-building classes, tournaments and events for wounded military personnel through organizations such as Project Healing Waters and Wounded Warriors.
The museum is accepting donations for hand-wrapping jigs and drying rigs for building fly rods.
“We’re hoping to have 12 stations of fly-tying equipment so we can handle a roomful of visitors at once,” Baker said.
More gifts: If mountain trout fishing doesn’t suit your recipient, look to the sea. Frying Pan Tower, a decommissioned Coast Guard light station 34 miles off Bald Head Island in Brunswick County, has gift certificates for weekend stays. Go to www.fptower.com.
▪ Knives for shucking oysters tend to be utilitarian, but Carolina Shuckers of Durham creates them as art. Hand-forged knives by artists Kirk Davis and Michael Waller are available online or at select retail shops. Go to www.carolinashuckers.com.
Public meetings: Proposed 2016-17 N.C. hunting, fishing and trapping regulations, which could include alligator and elk hunting, will be discussed during nine public hearings that the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold in January.
The hearings begin at 7 p.m.:
▪ Jan. 5, District 4, Bladen Community College, Dublin
▪ Jan. 6, District 5, Southern Alamance High School, Graham
▪ Jan. 7, District 6, South Stanly High, Norwood
▪ Jan. 12, District 9, Haywood Community College, Clyde
▪ Jan. 13, District 8, Western Piedmont Community College, Morganton
▪ Jan. 14, District 7, Elkin High, Elkin
▪ Jan. 19, District 1, Swain Auditorium, Edenton
▪ Jan. 20, District 2, Craven Community College, New Bern
▪ Jan. 21, District 3, Nash Community College, Rocky Mount
Comment ends Jan. 25. The commission will vote on Feb. 11.
Read the proposals at www.ncwildlife.org.
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