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Fly fishing festival is tomorrow

by Rosemarie Middendorf

Don’t forget to drop by the sixth annual Fly Fishing Festival being held tomorrow at the Carson Valley Inn in Minden. Curious about fly fishing? This is a great introduction for all ages.

Doors open at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m.

The event, which is co-sponsored by the High Sierra Fly Casters and Carson Valley Inn, will feature a wide range of fly fishing and fly tying exhibits, displays, vendor booths, demonstrations and speakers.

Keynote speaker this year will be Denny Rickards, a fishing guide form Upper Klamath Lake, Ore., who will give a presentation on how to catch trophy size trout in stillwaters.

Other speakers are Victor Babbitt, owner/guide of Tahoe Fishing Outfitters at Lake Tahoe and an FFF certified casting instructor; Jim Crouse and Bob Macias of Alpine Fly Fishing, Pleasant Valley, Calif.; Chris Warton of Stillwater Guide Service, Fallon; Frank Pisciotta of Thy Rod and Staff Guide Service, who fishes Truckee and Northern California.

A casting pond will be available in the parking lot of Carson Valley Inn. Casting demonstrations will be given, with an opportunity for instruction by professionals. Fly-casting competitions will be held for both amateurs and professionals.

Fly-tying demonstrations and a “hands on” opportunity will be available throughout the day. Door prizes, a silent auction and raffles will also be available.

Among the event’s chairmen are Gene Young, festival, speakers and booths; Barry Jobe, casting pond; Don Stockman, raffle, door prizes and silent auction; Mike Matuska, fly-tiers; Pam Reide, registration; and Rosemarie Middendorf, publicity.

The High Sierra Fly Casters is a family-oriented club. The group meets monthly in a general meeting where members are usually treated to a top-notch speaker. A number of fishouts are held each year where some of the more experienced members help those who are less knowledgeable. Fly tying demonstrations are provided frequently. The club provides a library of fly fishing videos and books for those who wish to improve their fishing skills or just get a refresher. This library is available at the general meetings.

The group publishes a monthly newsletter which covers club activities plus fishing reports. Members work closely with member fly shops to provide up-to-date fishing information.

Beginners of all ages are welcome – they will assist you in becoming effective fly fishers.

The club has two major objectives, to promote fly fishing and to encourage and support proper management of all fisheries in the Carson Valley area – whether the fishing is predominately fished with fly or otherwise.

The High Sierra Fly Casters, a non-profit organization, is a family-oriented club open to all ages. The payment of $25 will provide family entry to the festival, a one-year membership in the HSFC and one club hat or T-shirt per family. Membership is $10 for an individual under 16.

Entrance to the festival is $5 per person; children under 16, free.