Fly fishing event coming soon
The Northern California Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers (NCCFFF) will host its annual event, “A Festival of Fly Fishing,” from Oct. 10-12 ” and it’s sure to offer something for everyone.
This year’s event will be held at Lodi’s Hutchins Street Square with programs and emphasis on fly fishing the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The last several events have been held in Redding, and this year’s venue should focus quite a bit of attention on an area that has tremendous fly fishing opportunities.
The Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) is an international organization dedicated exclusively to fly fishing. The FFF motto is “All fish, all water,” and they mean it.
No matter where you fly fish, in a green pond for bluegill or in a blue sea for sailfish, the FFF is your best advocate to promote and preserve fly fishing. The NCCFF serves the fish and fly fishers of the northern parts of California and Nevada, plus the Hawaiian Islands and Guam.
The FFF is dedicated to promoting the sport of fly fishing and conserving our natural resources. The Festival is a fundraising effort for the NCCFFF to further its involvement in this advancement and conservation.
I should note that these fly fishing events are great for anyone who wants to get into the sport or any experienced angler who wants to continue to learn more about fly fishing. The reason the sport is so popular is because there is so much to learn. No matter how good you become, there is always something new to learn.
This event brings many of the world’s most notable fly anglers together to give any fly fisher the opportunity to learn from their experience. To that end the price of admission is a bargain at $10 per day Friday and Saturday or $15 for both days. Also, children under 18 are free. There are quite a few other workshops and clinics that one can enroll in that come with a nominal charge both days.
Sunday is reserved for on-the-water workshops. Considering the fee being charged for these, it is a great opportunity to learn more about a specific water that you want to fish and the tackle and techniques that lead to success. An example of these clinics is a workshop on pontoon boat basics and Delta bass.
The Friday and Saturday portion of the show will feature exhibitors, premier fly tiers, beginning to advanced fly tying instruction and programs, rod building instruction, fly casting instruction, and guides that will tell you some of their favorite out-of-the-way places to fish. In addition, there will be youth programs teaching fly casting, fly tying and entomology.
The keynote speaker for the event will be noted author, fly tier and world-renown fly fisher Dan Blanton. Blanton is probably best known for his innovative fly tying for striped bass. His Whistler is probably one of the first saltwater flies that I personally used with success. He will speak at the Saturday Evening Banquet and Live Auction, which is an additional fundraiser for the Federation.
In addition to Blanton, other notables include casting experts Mel Krieger and Al Kyte. These two are masters of fly casting who will be available at the show both days.
For more information on this event, go to the Northern California Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers Web site at http://nccfff.org. You can find the registration form online as well as details on all the workshop, clinics and events such as the banquet. You may also call Herman Spalinger at (209) 477-3412 for more information.
Bruce Ajari is a Truckee resident and regular fishing columnist for the Sierra Sun and other area newspapers.
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