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Tie flies with the best of them

Bruce Ajari

The Festival of Fly Fishing is an annual event that showcases the sport of fly fishing. Whether you are a novice or an expert, the show has something for everyone.

It is being held on Friday from 10:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Redding Convention Center in Redding, Calif. General Admission is $10 per day or $15 for both Friday and Saturday. Children younger than 18 are free with a paid adult.

A separate session on Sunday features on-stream presentations that are limited to eight participants. The cost for these programs range from $60 to $125.

The general admission event features fly-tying exhibitions, fly casting, programs, special workshops and lots of commercial exhibitors. The fly tying has outstanding tiers demonstrating various fly-tying techniques and patterns, from simple to complex.

Fly casting offers both evaluation and instruction for you to improve your own casting. A Certified Casting Instructor Continuing Education Program is available for casting instructors and those who wish to become casting instructors.

Special workshops in the area of fly tying and casting are also available for an additional cost. For information on these and other topics visit the Northern California Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers Web site at http://www.nccfff.org.

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The programs are one of the highlights of the event. Some of the area’s and world’s foremost authorities on certain types of fishing or locations are featured. A sample of the programs are Hal Janssen on stillwater fishing and flies, Ken Hanley and Jay Murakoshi on coastal salt water fishing, Bill Carnazzo on the Upper Sacramento River nymphing techniques and Chip Obrien on fishing Keswick Lake. There are many more programs.

There will also be exhibitors ranging from artists, fly shops, angling groups and manufacturers. As of now there are more than 40 exhibitors.

There is also an area for children called the Kid’s Corner. Here, children will learn about life cycles of bugs, life cycles of fish, knot tying, reading the water, fly fishing equipment, beginning casting and fly tying.

As you can see, there is certainly a lot of information on fly fishing to be obtained at this show. Redding is also a great location because of the many fishing opportunities that are available in the region. There are an abundance of both stream and lake fishing opportunities for the angler.

This is the primary fundraiser for the Northern California Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers. As a result, there will also be a raffle and silent auction to raise funds. The Federation of Fly Fishers is an international service organization dedicated to the betterment of the sport of fly fishing through conservation and education. The Federation of Fly Fishers and its councils are the only organized advocate for fly fishers on the national and regional level.

A Friday night social comprised of a chili feed and a Saturday evening dinner is also available to attendees at an extra cost, providing that they are not sold out.

If you are interested in going you many obtain additional information at the Northern California Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers Web site at http://www.nccfff.org or by calling Stew Stewart at 474-5748. This event is one of the best if you are truly interested in becoming a better fly fisher.

Bruce Ajari is a Truckee resident and regular fishing columnist for the Sierra Sun and other area newspapers.