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Fly Casters to hold first fishout of season

by Rosemarie Middendorf

The High Sierra Fly Casters will hold the first of the season’s fishouts (the club’s on-stream fishing outings), Saturday, Feb. 24, according to event Fish Master Jim Weishaupt.

The day will begin at 8 a.m. with breakfast at Dini’s Lucky Club Restaurant and Casino in downtown Yerington. All members and their families are invited, along with others who may be interested in the sport of fly fishing.

Fishing will be done at North Pond, located in the Mason Valley Wildlife Area. Everyone may try their luck at catching some of the 4,000-6,000 trout planted early last fall. These fish are expected to be 15 inches in length and strong fighters from living in cool water.

Bring lightweight rods with intermediate and floating lines. Zug Bugs, Black Bird Nests or Carey Specials might be the fly choice. Midges are abundant. Float tubers should dress for cold water conditions.

Barbecued tri-tip sandwiches, chili, sourdough bread and wine will be served during lunch around 1 p.m. If weather becomes inhospitable, everyone is invited back to town at the Weishaupts’.

Questions on how to fly fish can be answered by the “old pros,” who can be detected as those walking around in waders and wearing funny hats.

A prize will be awarded for the person releasing the most fish for the day (top fly caster). Other prizes will be awarded for the longest cast, most accurate cast, the person who exhibits the most terrible skills of fly fishing but appears to be learning and for other similar challenges.

For information regarding this event, contact Weishaupt at 463-4727.