Building your own fly rods can be rewarding on a number of levels. You can save a significant amount of money - you can customize the rod to look exactly how you want it to - you can also choose the components to fit your casting and fishing style - and you learn a great deal about fly rod performance characteristics, the "how" and "why" of rod length, guide spacing, flex pattern, grip shape, rod balance, etc.
Bob Davis and other Flycasters members will be teaching fly rod building beginning January 20th and 22nd - classes will start at 7:00pm each session and run for a couple of hours.
We will hold the classes at the Quaker Fellowship House - also known at Brinton House - at 1051 Morse St., San Jose.
The first couple of classes are an introduction and overview of rod building and then we give the attendees a two week break to assemble the components and tools they will need to build their own rods.
The subsequent classes begin again on February 10th and 12th and again on February 17th and 19th --- all classes begina at 7:00pm
Members only - space is limited to 12 members
Cost is $20 for all six sessions - cash or check payable to Flycasters Inc.
Topics include: An overview of rod building, selecting a blank, marking the spine, tools and materials needed, attaching the reel seat, attaching cork handles, guide spacing and wrapping, finishing coats, and resources --- all questions addressed and answered.
No prior experience is necessary - this is very much geared to anyone interested in learning how to build a fly rod - lots of tools you can borrow and lots of members to collaborate with.
Our December Program is the annual YEAR IN REVIEW
If you fished, attended a class, caught fish, went to a seminar, netted fish, spent time at the ponds, held a fish, tied flies, wished you had caught a fish, stood alongside a river or stream, cursed because you missed a fish, floated on a lake ... if you participated in a club fishout or other activity (and got caught on film) then chances are you will be featured on the big screen in the December YEAR IN REVIEW.
Always one of the most anticipated shows of the year is the one in which we take a look at ourselves - usually grinning from ear to ear with a big fish in our hands.
Hopefully many hundreds of photos have been submitted for Gloria to assemble into a program that highlights all the activities Flycasters have pursued throughout 2014.
Make plans to attend the December meeting and remember how much we did and how much fun we had.
"When you least expect it - you're elected .... You're the star today. SMILE, you're on candid camera."
As you all know, the 50th Anniversary Banquet and Conservation Fundraiser will be on January 31, 2015. The banquet organizing committee has agreed to offer 20 free raffle tickets for every two (2) reservations made at the same time. You and your spouse, significant other, another club member or fishing buddy will receive 20 raffle tickets just for making your reservation together before December 31, 2014. So make sure to take advantage of this incentive and make your reservation now.
The upcoming event is particularly special as it will serve to celebrate a major milestone: The 50th Anniversary of the Flycasters of San Jose! Portions of the evening will be set aside to celebrate this significant milestone. And now, you have a special incentive to make your reservation early. As always, there will be some high value bucket raffle and silent auction prizes for you to win as we have offered in recent banquets.
Be sure to look for the Prize List on the Flycasters web site in December as well as the list of our generous Donors with a hot link to the donor’s web site. Use that opportunity to familiarize yourself with the many great prizes you will have the opportunity to win.
You can make your reservation online using PayPal by going to the “Meetings” tab to get to the drop down menu with the “Online Store” or send in the reservation form in the Flylines along with your check or give your reservation form and check to Mike Culcasi or Chuck Hammerstad at the club meetings in November, December, or January.
Don’t miss this special event and the presentation of the club awards including the “Angler of the Year” and the highly coveted “Broken Paddle Award.” Mark January 31, 2015 on your calendars now!