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 before the Coyote Reservoir fishout on May 10th and the June Fishouts at Manzanita Lake and southern Oregon Lava Lakes to allow new float tubers an opportunity to get in on these great fishouts. 

So, on THURSDAY MAY 8th  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 6:00pm at the boat ramp at Stevens Creek Reservoir.  There is no fee for this seminar, but handout materials will be provided.


But you can if you want to

Contact Bob Meacham  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   or

Wade Goertz  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Originally scheduled for Saturday May 10 --- now changed to Thursday May 8th 6:00pm


Orvis Santana Row will be starting their Fly Fishing 101 classes again.  Members who help for a couple of hours can get a nice discount.

Here is the rundown of FF101 dates that Nathan Cook could use volunteers for. These classes are held at the Santana Row Orvis store. Based on how often you help, the discount increases. Its a great opportunity to pick up some gear at a reduced price.

Nathan is offering a tiered discount like last year that is based on the number of classes someone volunteers to help out with:

1-2 classes: 30%
3-4 classes: 40%
5+ classes: 50%

Here are the dates:

Saturday Classes - 8am-10am
April 19
April 26
May 3
May 10
May 17
May 24
May 31
June 7
June 14

Sunday Classes - 9am-11am
March 23
March 30
April 13
June 22
June 29
July 20

Nathan Cook will be running the Saturday classes and the 201s and Mark Schaller will be running the Sunday classes. If they can fill the classes to capacity, there will be able to get around 270 students exposed to fly-fishing and a lot of potential new members for Flycasters.

So, check your calendar and contact Nathan to let him know when you can help.  His contact info is below.  Help new folks interested in fly fishing to learn and get a discount on equipment.

Thanks again!

Orvis San Jose
377 Santana Row, Suite 1040
San Jose, CA 95128
direct – (408) 961-6450
fax – (408) 961-6460
email – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Bob Shoberg, webmaster

Flycasters is presenting its Fly Fishing 101 / New Member Seminar on Wednesday evening, April 23th, at the Moreland Apartments Meeting Room beginning at 7:00pm.

This presentation will cover fly rod/line setup, Rod actions, Reels, Flylines, leaders, tippets, fly types, entomology, general gear, etc.  There will be a table or two with equipment for your review during the break.

Although this seminar is primarily for members new to fly fishing it might also be appropriate for those members who have slightly more experience.

 This seminar is free and open to all members. You can even invite your friends along to see if they are interested in fly fishing.

Because of the amount of material being presented and to allow attendees the ability to review materials after the seminar, Wade Goertz has graciously agreed to make copies of the presentation.

 Copies of this presentation will only be available to attendees who have pre-registered so if you want a copy, either sign-up at the April meeting or send a note to Wade at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Upcoming Events

04-24-2014 - 04-27-2014
Fishout - Pyramid Lake

04-26-2014 - 04-27-2014
Spey Class

05-03-2014 - 05-04-2014
Spey Class

05-08-2014 18:00 - 20:00
Float Tube Seminar

05-08-2014 19:00 - 21:00
Board Meeting

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