Fly Fishing Festival coming up |

Fly Fishing Festival coming up

by Rosemarie Middendorf

Many areas near Carson Valley provide great fishing for locals and others, as well. The High Sierra Fly Casters (a Valley fly-fishing organization) invite these “fishing addicts” of all ages, and those who might like to be, to attend the fourth annual Fly Fishing Festival co-sponsored by and held at the Carson Valley Inn in Minden.

The event is scheduled for Sunday, April 19. Doors open at 9 a.m., with festivities beginning at 10 a.m. and lasting until 5 p.m.

If you have not tried fly-fishing, this would be a good opportunity to see what it’s all about. As a fly-fisherperson, you might pick up a new idea or two. So, gather the family and/or friends and plan to attend.

Mike Matuska will oversee and assist the 14 tiers who will demonstrate the art of fly tying. Matuska invites everyone to join in at the “tie-your-own table,” produce your own fly and see what fun it can be.

Once again, sharing his expertise is Ned Long of Tahoe City. Long has been tying for over 50 years and is recognized as one of the top tiers in the world. He is the recipient of the Federation of Fly Fishes (FFF) Buz Buszek Memorial Fly Tying Award – the Heissman trophy of the fly tying world. Long also teaches the fly tying course at FFF’s National Conclave.

Among the tiers are Bruce Ajari, who teaches many fly-tying classes in the Lake Tahoe area and writes a regular fishing column for the Tahoe World, and Bill Carnazzo of Newcastle, a member of the Granite Bay Fly Casters, who ties at all the big shows. John Lim, also from Tahoe City, is another excellent tier who regularly ties at the Northern California Council of FFF’s National Conclave at Kings Beach. Ray Radley of Arcata, Calif., an outstanding tier, regularly assist Long with the class at the National Conclave.

Others are Richard Dickerson of Reno, Chuck Echer from Concord, Calif., Charlie Hune of Pacheco, Calif., and Terry Eggleston of Sacramento. Among the local tiers are Doc Donovan, Lorry Labate, Ed McIntyre, Bob Miller and Bud Perkins, who will assist the public at the “tie-your-own” table, providing space is available. perkins, a Valley teacher, brings all his teaching skills to the task of getting beginners off on the right foot.

Jay Fair will be tying at this booth, as will members of the Amador Fly fishing Club in their booth.

Thirty booths will be manned by exhibitors from all over Nevada and California. Everything one might use, including equipment, sports clothing and guide services, will be offered. Fly casting techniques will be demonstrated in the parking lot. You may even try your hand at casting to “get the feel of it.” Seminars will also be held on a variety of fishing topics.

Door prizes will be distributed, a raffle will be held and a silent auction will be available.

Admission is $5 per person, children under 16 free. For those interested in joining the High Sierra Fly Casters, $25 will provide one year family membership in the club, one club hat or T-shirt and family entry to the festival. For information, call Gene Young, 265-2626 or 782-2522.

The club’s goal is to promote fly fishing and to encourage and support proper management of fisheries in the Carson Valley area – whether the fishing is predominantly fished with fly or otherwise. Proceeds from the festival are used to assist in community projects.

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