People with disabilities take fly fishing lessons

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- People with disabilities were taking fly fishing lessons on Sunday.

Therapeutic Adventures and the Thomas Jefferson Trout Unlimited teamed up for the 14th year for its Adaptive Anglers on the Fly.

The camp teaches people with disabilities how to be more independent and have fun.

Organizers said it also helps them appreciate the great outdoors.

"It's about the comradery, the fellowship," said James "Chubby" Damron, TJTU president. "They see people out here with us once per year, but it's like they're old friends and are always together."

"The Moormans River Trout Management Area is important and dear to our hearts, and this is an area that we care about," said Mark Andres, of Therapeutic Adventures. "We want it to be pristine and nice for folks to be out here, and we want it to be accessible."

Fly fishing in the Moormans River also teaches campers about catch and release regulations and how to be a friend to the environment.

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