WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center hosts fly-tying demonstration Jan. 12


Matt Canter will demonstrate fly-tying at the Mountain Heritage Center Thursday, Jan. 12.

Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will host a fly- tying workshop Thursday, Jan. 12, as part of its ongoing Appalachian Living craft and skills series.

The free, open-to-the-public demonstration will be led by fly-fishing authority Matt Canter of Brookings Anglers in Cashiers from 3 to 5 p.m. in the center’s gallery at Hunter Library.

A Quill Gordon, a traditional trout fly.

A Quill Gordon trout fly.

Canter caught his first fish when he was 2 years old and has been fishing ever since. When he was a teen considering which university to attend, his mother drove him to WCU for the first time and he saw how close the Tuckaseigee River is to campus. He says he decided he didn’t need to visit any additional colleges. He studied parks and recreation management and graduated from WCU in 2006. “The Parks and Rec Program was very beneficial in giving me the right tools to be a good guide, and even more so once I became a business owner,” Canter said.

Visitors also will be able to view fishing artifacts that belonged to Horace Kephart as part of the “Horace Kephart: Revealing an Enigma” exhibit on display through Friday, May 12. For more information, call 828-227-7129.