Monday, June 8, 2009

Laughing Grizzly to teach fly fishing 101 classes at Lyons Outdoor Games

LYONS, CO (May 4, 2009)– Laughing Grizzly to teach its biggest classes at June 12-14 Smith Optics Lyons Outdoor Games, presented by Oskar Blues

Longmont-based fly fishing shop, Laughing Grizzly, is running its most expanded fly fishing course for beginner and novice fishers at the 7th Smith Optics Lyons Outdoor Games, presented by Oskar Blues.

The Lyons Outdoor Games is the Town of Lyon’s annual extreme sports event. It includes competitions and races in kayaking, mountain and BMX biking, and skateboarding, and clinics and exhibitions in everything from fly-fishing to chainsaw carving. Organizers of the event decided to expand the fly-fishing component of the event this year, and Laughing Grizzly took the bait and ran with it. They will be doing a basic “fishing 101 class,” said Mike Kruise, co-owner of Laughing Grizzly.

“This is our first time doing anything like this for the masses,” he added. The class includes a casting and line control clinic, stream ecology, bug life, what flies to use, and an on the water presentation. Kruise hopes to really involve the audience/participants in the clinics.

Laughing Grizzly Fly Shop is owned and operated by Kruise and Scott Bley. They grew up fishing local waters, including the St. Vrain, the Big Thompson, the Cache La Poudre, and the lakes and streams of Rocky Mountain National Park. For more information, please contact Kruise at

Camping for the Lyons Outdoor Games will be available in Meadow Park. To register online please go to If you have any questions please call Lyons Parks and Recreation at 303-823-8250 or email

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