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Fly fishing clinic in Appleton to help people with Parkinson's

Posted: 6:10 PM, Sep 04, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-04 19:11:52-04
Wisconsin Parkinson Association fly fishing clinic Sept 4 2019

APPLETON — This time of year, anglers will take any excuse to go fishing, but on Wednesday, the goal wasn't to catch a fish.

The Wisconsin Parkinson Association hosted a fly-fishing clinic at Appleton Memorial Park on Wednesday.

The goal of the event was to help those with Parkinson’s disease, a neurological disorder, to improve balance, coordination and mobility. The event was more than just fishing - it's therapy.

"Just being outdoors and in the fresh air, and the excitement of catching that big one,” said fishing participant Linda Schlavensky. “We caught a couple today!"

Wisconsin Parkinson Association partnered with Trout Unlimited for Wednesday’s event and provided all the equipment and instruction. The clinic also came with a free lunch.