Spring is just around the corner and so is fishing season. Be ready for it!! Don't miss the opportunity to become a better caster!!!!! How do you do that? Easy. Take casting lessons. We offer four different classes again this year: beginning, intermediate, advanced and shooting head. Something for every one.

Dates-----March 14th & 15th, March 21st & 22 and March 28th & 29th.
Saturdays and Sundays-Three Consecutive Weekends.

Cost-------$45.

MEMBERSHIP IN FLYCASTERS IS REQUIRED.

Times----First Day Only-----Registration-----7:30AM-8:15AM
Beginning--------8:30AM-10:30AM
Intermediate--- 10:30AM-12:30PM
Advanced--------10:30AM-12:30AM
Shooting Head—8:30AM-10:30AM

All Remaining Dates
Beginning---------8:00AM-10:00AM
Intermediate-----10:00AM-12:00AM
Advanced---------10:00AM-12:00AM
Shooting Head---8:00AM-10:00

These classes take place regardless of the weather, RAIN OR SHINE. Dress layered. Wear water resistant or repellant shoes. We will be working on the greens and even just the morning dew or fog will make it quite damp. Keep in mind that this park is a huge favorite of migrating and resident geese and ducks. It is nice to able to hose off your foot ware. Bring SUN SCREEN. A cap or hat with a brim is highly recommended. MOST OF ALL, YOUR MUST HAVE SOME TYPE OF FULL PROTECTIVE EYE COVER, glasses or goggles. Contacts will not suffice. NO GLASSES-NO CLASSES.

Please feel free to bring bottled water, juice coffee, tea, etc.

There is a $6.00 charge by the County of Santa Clara per car for parking. Annual parking passes can be purchased at Park Head Quarters located in Vasona Park, Los Gatos.

Sign-up sheets will be available at the February and March general meetings. If all else fails, you can sign up at the casting class registration.

Membership applications will also be available at registration. Membership fees for new or returning members are $50 for an individual and $60 for a family in addition to the cost of casting classes.

Jo Hood, casting chair

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Thanks to all of the Flycasters, spouses, family, and special guests for attending the 50th Anniversary Banquet and Conservation Fundraiser. It was very gratifying for the committee to have such a large group of 160 at the social event and to support our fundraiser for conservation. We hope you agree it was a special time to enjoy good food and drink, socialize, hear an outstanding speech, award members for providing outstanding service to the club, and win prizes in the large fundraiser. All proceeds from the fundraiser will go into the Marty Seldon Memorial Conservation Fund for fisheries conservation projects for those working to enhance or restore local waters and other fly fishing locations around the state.

And it was a good way to start the 50th year for members to continue to participate in all of the clubs activities including fishouts, rod building, casting classes, fly tying, and all of the other activities the club has to offer. And it was great to have a large group of new members at the event: August Abellar, Irene Bennitt, Matt Bien and Grace Lee, Ronald DuVal, Frank Eldredge, Jim Hofrichter, Kelly O’Hara, Robert Sass and Jack Wunder.

At about 6:30, Mike Culcasi, our Master of Ceremonies, started the evening with the serving of the delicious meal. Following the meal, our guest speaker, Phil Greenlee, entertained us with a talk on the great rivers of Northern California and the many fishing opportunities they have to offer followed by a short presentation on the 50 years of Flycasters by Chuck Hammerstad.

 

angler of the year

 

As is done at every annual banquet, the Awards Committee Chairman and 2015 President, Dave Pellone honored members for their service to the club with the presentation of the many awards. Those receiving club awards were: Dave Kerbyson, The Jim Thatcher Award; Chuck Hammerstad, The Harry D’Angelo Award; Bob Meacham, the Ken Eugene Award; Bob Shoberg along with the Tournament Casting Team, Distinguished Service Award; Bob Davis, The Houwink-Seldon Conservation Award; Bill Zuravleff, Member of the Year; Luke Sing, the Editors award; Walt McIntyre, The U. Shadsby Bulldrop Award (for his telling of tall tales);  Shiz and Judy Nakawatse, the Wading Staff award; Raphael Reza, Best Fly Tyer Contributor Award and Dave Pellone presented the Past President’s award to Bill Zuravleff. Those receiving fishing awards were: Tim Anderson, Ring of the Rise Award, Tim Anderson, Angler of the Year (see the above photo); and Terry Ward, the Broken Paddle Award. And last but not least, Wade Goertz was awarded Honorary Lifetime Membership, probably the highest award given to a Flycaster club member.

At the closing of the Bucket Raffles and Silent Auctions, there was more excitement from the winners as they picked up and paid for the prizes won. The Conservation Committee strived to accomplish two goals of making the event enjoyable for everyone and to raise some funds for the Flycasters fisheries conservation efforts.

Chuck Hammerstad

Conservation Committee Chairman

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.

 

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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!

Beginning fly tying starts February 23. This class is specifically for beginners and provides six evenings of instruction, written instructions and materials for tying 10 patterns -- 40 flies total! This is also an excellent class for those who want to practice these patterns and improve their skills in a fun environment.

Our venue – new this year – is the Mountain View Community Center, 201 South Rengstorff Ave, Mountain View. The meeting rooms are large and well-lit. The dates are Feb 23 (Mon.), Mar 3 (Tue.), Mar 10 (Tue.), Mar 17 (Tue.), Mar 23 (Mon.), Mar 31(Tue). Class are from 7:15 to 9:15PM. Room opens by 7.

You will need the following equipment by the second class: {vice, bobbin, thread (black, 6/0), bobbin threader, scissors, hackle pliers, bodkin}. The first class will cover equipment and knots, and we'll hand out notes for two patterns for the following week. If you have your equipment bring it to first class, if not, that's OK, get it by second class.

Cost is $30 (members) or $80 (includes 2015 Flycasters Membership). Pay at Feb club meeting or at first class. Not a member of the San Jose Flycasters? Join! You can join up ($50) online, at the club meetings, or at the first class.

There is also an open/makeup/free tying day on Mar 26 (Thurs.), open to anyone, no cost.

To reserve your spot now or for additional information, contact Bill Zuravleff 650 967-0674, billz@computer.org

Flycasters 50th Anniversary Banquet and Conservation Fundraiser

The year 2015 is the 50th Anniversary of Flycasters so it is appropriate we start the year’s celebration with the 50th Anniversary Banquet and Conservation Fundraiser on Saturday, January 31, 2015, the Flycasters biggest social event of the year.  Join your fellow Flycasters and guests for a party starting at 5:30 PM (one half hour earlier than last year) in the Cupertino Room at the Cupertino Quinlan Community Center at 10185 N Stelling Ave in Cupertino.

In 2015, it will be the fourth year the Flycasters Conservation Committee has hosted the annual banquet and the committee is hard at work to make this a special evening for all.  The event is open to members and their spouses, significant others, relatives, friends and others in the fly fishing community.  We encourage new members to come to meet your fellow Flycasters and win some fly fishing gear to get you started in the sport.  We will again have a hosted bar, appetizers, a delicious dinner prepared by Abby Huerta, a “Year in Review” showing by Gloria Page, a guest speaker, club awards and the fundraiser for conservation - all for the low price of $45 per person.

We are fortunate and honored to have Phil Greenlee, President of the International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF), as our guest speaker.  Phil is a former member of Flycasters and now living in Redding, CA.  Greenlee, a retired businessman and a committed fly fisher all of his adult life, has been president of IFFF since 2009. Founded in 1965, the IFFF has grown to 13,000 dues-paying members. In 2010, Phil was awarded IFFF's Federator of the Year Award.  He will have a Power Point presentation on the IFFF as well as fishing stories to tell us.

The awards ceremony will honor those who have offered exceptional service to the club during the year and the passing of the gavel on to our 2015 President, Dave Pellone.  Presentation of the “Angler of the Year” and the coveted “Broken Paddle” awards are a highlight of the evening.

During the evening, you will want to buy some raffle tickets and start silent auction bidding for those great fly fisher and non-fly fisher prizes.  To prepare for the fundraiser you will want to view the Prize List which will be posted on the Flycasters web site at: http://www.flycasters.org/file-sharing-test.html, select the “2015 Conservation Fundraiser” and then select “2015 Fundraiser Prize List.”  The Prize List will be undated as donations come in.

 

You won’t want to miss this once a year event, so buy your ticket now, as tickets are limited.  As an added incentive, if you and another sign up together by December 31, you will receive 20 free raffle tickets.  Remember, the banquet tickets are just $45 per person which includes all beverages and appetizers as well. To buy your tickets online, go to: http://www.flycasters.org/meetings/online-store.html, then select the number tickets and, using PayPal, you can make your payment.  Flycasters members can also buy tickets by completing the reservation form found in the Flylines and either send the form with your check or buy your tickets at the December or January club meeting.

 

Everyone is welcome to join the party!  The party will be even better if you are there!

 

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