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Monday, April 12, 2021

Seven UF students will drive 10 hours today to go fishing.

The students are members of the UF Fly-Fishing Club, and they're heading to North Carolina, where the fishing is good.

Brian Kasten, the Fly-Fishing Club president, said fly-fishing is the old-fashioned way to fish.

He started the club because he didn't want to make the long trips for fishing by himself. The club has 27 active members.

Kasten said he has been fishing since he was 10 years old and taught himself how to cast.

Now he's teaching novice fishermen the special casting style of fly-fishing over on the fields by Hull Road on UF's campus.

"It's more difficult so it's more rewarding when you catch something," said Kasten, a UF biology junior.

One of the main differences between fly-fishing and regular fishing is the equipment, he said.

For fly-fishing rods, the fishing line is thick and bright green instead of a clear.

"We give the fish every single advantage," he said.

Fly-fishermen also use waders - special pants used when they stand in the water - and waterproof boots.

He said living in Florida is a barrier for practicing the sport he loves. So the group travels to places like North Carolina and Georgia.

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Kasten and the six other students will spend the weekend in a riverside cabin owned by Davidson River Outfitters. The cabin is about 20 miles from any grocery store, he said.

The group will spend eight-hour days fly-fishing for rainbow trout on a private river.

Kasten said as a student group, they have been welcomed by different fishing outfitters and been given special discounts. For Kasten, that's another advantage of the club.

"Fly-fishing could be a very expensive sport kids won't be able to do without an outlet like this," Kasten said.

Kyle Humphreys, vice president of the Fly-Fishing Club, said fishing locations charge about ,160 a day per person to fish. For him, fly-fishing is more special than regular fishing.

"The casting in itself is very neat," Humphreys said. "It's almost like an art."

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