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Fly Fishing Festival is coming up at CVI

by Rosemarie Middendorf

Plan to set aside Sunday, April 18, for an interesting and informative day in Minden. That’s the day for the High Sierra Fly Caster’s 5th annual Fly Fishing Festival. If you are a fly-fisher man, woman or youngster and are interested in that specialized form of fishing, look no further.

The event is being co-sponsored by and held at the Carson Valley Inn (lower level),with “Learn to Flyfish” as the theme. Doors will be open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m A variety of speakers will share their secrets to success on each of the region’s most popular waters. Mid-day, a “Guides’ Round Table” will be held by the guides, who will answer questions about our local fish and how to catch them.

Casting demonstrations at the pond in the parking area will be held, along with casting contests for both amateurs and professional casters. Fly-tying will be available, as well as “hands-on” opportunities.

A number of exhibitor booths will be available with a large variety of fly fishing needs. Among them are Angler’s Edge, Gardnerville; Brocks in Bishop, Calif.; Carson Valley Inn, Minden; Cabin Fever, Crystal Springs Fly Shop of Stockton, Calif; Dave Martin Flies of Reno; Lahontan Fish Hatchery; May’s Taxidermy, Gardnerville; Michael Hohl RV Center, Carson City; Mountain Top Management, Quail and Sawmill Lakes, Discovery Bay, Calif.; and California Department of Fish and Game.

Also included are Nevada Division of Wildlife (NDOW); Pleasant Valley Fly Fishing Preserve, Markleeville; Pyramid Lake Fish Hatchery; Sorensen’s Resort, Hope Valley; Sierra Fly Shoppe, Carson City; Sportsman, Lake Tahoe; Stillwater Guide Service, Fallon; Tahoe Flyfishing Outfitters, South Lake Tahoe; Trout Creek Flies, Zephyr Cove; and Trout Unlimited and Virginia Lakes Pack Station, Virginia Lakes, Calif., according to Gene Young, general festival chairman.

Other committee chairpersons are Dan Kaffer, speakers; Mike Matuska, tiers; Barry Jobe and Kyle Giampaoli, casing and pond; Don Stockman, door prizes, raffles and silent auction; C.K. Bailey, master of ceremonies; Pamela Reide, tickets; Rosemarie Middendorf, publicity; Mike Coleman, Jack Kowalski and Peter Bauer.

Admission is $5 per person, children under 16, free. Twenty-five dollars will provide a one-year family membership in the High Sierra Fly Caters, choice of one club hat or T-shirt and family entrance to the festival. Tickets are available at Angler’s Edge, 1420-A Highway 395, Gardnerville; Lone Tree Frame Co. and Gallery, 1598 Esmeralda, Minden; Sierra Fly Shoppe, 200 W. John, Carson City; and at the door.

A pre-festival banquet will be held Saturday, April 17, in the Waterford Room at Carson Valley Inn, with a no-host bar at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. The dinner, which costs $20 per person in advance or $25 at the door, includes a choice of prime rib or salmon.

Door prizes, raffle and silent auction will be available. Everyone is welcome. For information regarding either event or to make dinner reservations, contact Gene Young, 720-4363.