Much of the interest and fun in belonging to Flycasters is learning about fly fishing from the many seminars which are organized, managed and conducted by volunteer members. Some seminars and classes focus on varying skill levels (beginning, intermediate and advanced) allowing an angler to progress and achieve a high level of expertise

Flycasters had such a great time with the Slow Rod Thursday a few weeks ago that we are going to continue the series - as long as there is some water in the ponds -

On Thursday evening June 11th - 5:00 to 7:00pm - at the Los Gatos Creek Park casting ponds - we will hold another get together - this time for fly rods of 7wt and higher - a HEAVY ROD DAY AT THE PONDS

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Several members will be bringing 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 and higher weight rods for members to try out ... some of us have never cast anything heavier than a 5 or 6 weight rod so this will be an opportunity to give the bigger rods a try.

Keith Nelson will fire up the BBQ again for hot dogs and the ice chests will have some cold drinks.

For more information contact Mason Seim msseim@aol.com

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If you plan to attend this seminar please let Mason Seim know msseim@aol.com

 

A great way to fish still waters is from a “personal water craft”.  Better known as a float tubes or pontoon boats these devices allow a fly fisherperson to move around in still water to reach positions that a wading or bank fisherperson cannot reach.  And, they give you the finite control that is sometimes lacking when fishing from a boat.

We have scheduled this seminar in time for the Roostercomb fishout later in May and the June Fishouts at Virginia Lakes and southern Oregon Lava Lakes to allow new float tubers an opportunity to get in on these great fishouts. 

So, on Saturday May 9th we will hold a seminar on “Float Tubes” that will cover their different types, the related equipment, basic operation, how to fish from a tube or pontoon and, most importantly, safety related to tubes and wading.  You will be able to see and discuss the various types as well as try out some tubes.  We will cover what you need to fish from a tube and see some other member’s setups.  Also, a short presentation on water safety will be included.

We will hold this seminar beginning at 10:00am at the boat ramp at Stevens Creek Reservoir.  There is no fee for this seminar, but handout materials will be provided.

 

YOU DO NOT NEED TO BRING A FLOAT TUBE –

But you can if you want to

Contact Bob Meacham  R9Meach@aol.com   or

Mason Seim   msseim@aol.com

 

 

 

 

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.

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The subsequent classes begin again on February 10th and 12th and again on February 17th and 19th --- all classes begin 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.

3 classes will be offered in the 2014 Fall Fly Tying Classes.

Steve Duckett and Bill Mahan will be teaching a class on weighting flies on Wednesday (11/5) starting at 7:00 p.m.  Bill will give a presentation on weighting options and things to consider when weighting flies, and Steve will demonstrate his Bouncer Fly. Materials will be provided for class participants for tying the flies demonstrated.

Bob Davis will teach a class on "Tails and Wings" on 11/19 (same time) with place to be determined, and he will provide materials for the students to use.

Dave Turner is teaching the third class on "Dubbing Loops", probably on either 10/29 or 12/3.  (Dave is busy fishing in Alberta, Canada and the dates will be firmed up later)

Unfortunately, the club no longer has access to the conference room at Winchester Plaza – we are looking at other locations to hold the classes.

Two places being considered are The Quaker Meeting House at 1051 Morse St., in San Jose and Bob Davis’ office space at Winchester Plaza – we will be able to determine the specifics well before the first class.

If anyone knows of a suitable location for the fly tying classes – and other seminars as well – be sure to bring it to the attention of Bill Mahan and/or Wade Goertz

MORE DETAILS AND INFORMATION WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT THE SEPTEMBER 10TH FLYCASTERS MEETING

Bill Mahan wdmlaw@ix.netcom.com Wade Goertz wade_tull@comcast.net

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