It's that time of year to get out the fly rod, check the leaders, chase the spiders out of the waders, and start making some plans.
The annual High Sierra Flycasters fundraiser is 5:30 p.m. March 9 at the St. Gall Pastoral Center.
"The event is fun. It provides an opportunity for people to get together after the winter hiatus and there are lots of nice raffle prizes and silent auction items. And the food is good," board member Bob Taormina said. "A successful fundraiser provides us with the funds to continue our fishing related and community service programs."
The High Sierra Flycasters are a nonprofit organization, which promotes quality fly fishing, and performs fishing-related community service in Western Nevada and Eastern California.
The fund raiser enables the club to sponsor or support fly fishing retreats for people with cancer through functions such as Reel Kids, Reel Women, Reel Recovery, and Casting for Recovery.
"Over the years these programs have become very popular and requests for them has been increasing. There's a lot of support and participation for these programs from our membership and we have received many expressions of gratitude from the people we serve," Taormina said. "As an example, the response to the Reel Recovery Retreat was so good we decided to start a similar program for wounded veterans. This program is open to wounded vets from any war. We are assisted by veterans' advocates from the Reno VA and the Lake Tahoe American Legion."
Dinner consists of tri-tip, chicken, pepper jack macaroni and cheese, and salad provided by Minden Meat and Deli, Linda Sandstrom is providing the music along with a slide show of the year's catches by Liz Wierach.
There will be a no host bar, a raffle, and silent auction.
"There's a big variety of raffle prizes and silent auction items, including fishing equipment, locally tied flies, and gift certificates to local stores," Taormina said.
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Lone Tree Gallery on Esmeralda Avenue in Minden.
The flycasters is an active fishing club founded in 1992.
They meet the second Wednesday of the month at the Elks Lodge on Kimmerling Road in Gardnerville. Social time starts at 6:30 p.m., with the meeting at 7 p.m.
"We have a planned fly fishing program for each session. The programs can range from information and descriptions of fishing in our local waters to salt water experiences in the tropics," Taormina said. "Most programs are presented by our members. At times we invite outside presenters or experts in specific fields. We do stream improvement and preservation and we assist NDOW with fish stocking and surveys. We also help with Girl Scout and Boy Scout fishing programs."
The club also organizes monthly fish-outs, which are group trips to various waters, usually local.
"Perhaps, most importantly, HSFC provides a way for flyfishers to meet and develop friendships and find fishing companions," Taormina said. "Many of our members are retired and have the time to fish and travel, so this is especially important to them."
For more information, visit www.hsfc.us.
IF YOU GO
What: High Sierra Flycasters fundraiser
When: 5:30 p.m. March 9
Where: St. Gall Pastoral Center
Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door