Dan LeCount is a long time guide in the Truckee area of Lake Tahoe for Truckee River Outfitters and Matt Heron Fly Fishing. He is a contract fly-designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants and is well known for his creative fly patterns. He is also a board member and secretary of Trout Unlimited Chapter #103, the Tahoe Trout Bums. He is a 4th generation fly fisherman and has been fishing since he could pick up a rod. He has been flyfishing the Sierras for over 25 years, from Truckee to Lone Pine. He loves chasing a multitude of species from fresh to salt, but is especially fond of sight fishing for trout and bass. He will be giving his presentation, "Seasons of the Truckee" covering the whens, wheres and how-tos of catching fish in the Truckee river watershed.
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.
MEMBERSHIP IN FLYCASTERS IS REQUIRED.
Times----First Day Only-----Registration-----7:30AM-8:15AM
All Remaining Dates
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
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.
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.
Conservation Committee Chairman