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Fly Casters festival April 13

Rosemarie Middendorf

Have you ever thought it might be fun to sit in a float tube and fish? Fly fishing is an exciting sport from a float tube on still waters. Float tubes or “belly boats” are the “craft of choice” of many fly fishers on local lakes and reservoirs. If you haven’t tried them – or even if you have – you owe it to yourself to attend the High Sierra Fly Casters third annual Fly Fishing Festival, Sunday, April 13 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the co-sponsored by the Carson Valley Inn.

Steve Osterman will present an instructive talk on still water fishing with emphasis on float tubing techniques. Steve has lived in the Eastern Sierra for 16 years and has been guided for five. He has float tubed numerous lakes in the West but his favorite lake is Crowley.

Demonstrations in fly casting and fly tying will be available throughout the day. When you’re not attending a seminar or one of these demonstrations, there will be an abundance of booths to browse amongst. A good mix of manufacturers, fly shops, agencies, guide services, clubs and private fishing opportunities will be available.

Among those planning to display are: Jay Fair Hackle from Susanville, Calif.; Amandor Fly Fishing Club from Sutter Creek, Calif.; Acularis Ranch near Bishop, Brock’s store in Bishop; California Department of Fish and Game; Clear Creek Supply in CArson City, EZE Lap in Carson City, Leavitts Meadow Pack Station, Little Antelope Pack Station, May’s Taxidermy in Gardnerville and Nevada Division of Wildlife.

Also will be Quail Lake in Homewood, Calif.; Sierra Pacific Products, Sacramento, Sorenson’s in Hope Valley, Outdoor and Flyfishing Store, South Lake Tahoe, Calif.; Trout Creek Flies, Zephyr Cove; Trout Fitters, Mammoth Lakes, Calif; Yosemite Outfitters, Groveland, Calif.; Performance Guide Service, Mammoth Lakes, Calif.; Sierra Fly Shop, Carson City and Northern California Council of Federation of Fly Fishers plus many more.

Raffles will be held and door prizes awarded. So plan to spend Sunday, April 13 learning a new hobby or enhancing your knowledge of same.

Admission is $5 per adult, children under 18 Free, seniors over 60 $2.50 and $10 per family. $25 will provide family entry to the Festival, a one year family membership in the High Sierra Fly Casters and one club hat. Tickets are available at Lone Tree Frame Co. & Gallery, 1598 Esmeralda Ave., Minden; Angler’s Edge, 1420 “A” Highway 395, Gardnerville; Trout Creek Flies, Zephyr Cove and at Carson Valley Inn.