Outdoor Journal

Drawing on nature: Starting early next month, Warren Wilson College will exhibit Konrad Zoll’s “Visual Notes from the Appalachian Trail,” a collection of landscape sketches and natural-history details made along the fabled hiking path.

Zoll’s work will be on display from Feb. 8 to March 26 at the college’s Elizabeth Holden Gallery. An opening reception, including a talk by the artist, is scheduled for Feb. 8 at 6:30 p.m. Regular gallery hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. Call 771-3034 for more information.

Lord of the flies: The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission just announced that it’s planning to hold its inaugural Pisgah Fly Masters tournament on March 29 and 30 at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education on the Davidson River. Proceeds from the tourney will benefit classroom construction at the center.

“Conservation is the real winner,” said organizer and primary sponsor Kevin Howell of Davidson River Outfitters. “The competition will be fun and it will raise awareness and funding for education about coldwater fisheries.”

On Saturday, competitors will have the opportunity to get their waders in a wad casting for distance and accuracy. On Sunday, the top 10 finishers will take it to the Davidson for an on-stream competition. First place brings home a Sage rod, Lamson Velocity reel and Rio fly line, not to mention a faintly swollen ego. 

Entry deadline is Feb. 15. Competition is limited to the first 125 entrants, with a $50 registration fee. For more information, contact Emilie Johnson at 877-4423.

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