March Presentation - The Bighorn River in Fort Smith, Mont.
Steve Galletta will be present a slide show on the Bighorn River in Fort Smith, Mont. He will discuss in-depth the seasons, stretches, techniques and hatches as they relate to this famous tailwater fishery. Steve recently completed his first book Fly Fishing Guide to the Bighorn River due out in 2014.
Steve and Pete Shanafelt became the co-owners of the Bighorn Angler in Fort Smith, Mont. In 2011. They originally met while attending University of Montana and after graduating began guiding fly fisherman full-time. After guiding on many of the famous trout waters throughout Montana, they landed permanently on the one river they found most productive, the Bighorn.Before the presentation, Pete will offer a fly tying demonstration and discussing effective fly patterns for the Bighorn River. Pete is the driving force behind their new wholesale fly company, Bugwater Fly Company.
Orvis looking for volunteers
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
Sunday Classes - 9am-11am
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.
Orvis San Jose
377 Santana Row, Suite 1040
San Jose, CA 95128
direct – (408) 961-6450
fax – (408) 961-6460
Bob Shoberg, webmaster
Spring Casting Classes begin March 29
If you want to get started in fly fishing - the first skill to learn is FLY CASTING.
Flycasters' Spring Casting Classes will begin on Saturday - March 29 - 8:00am - at Los Gatos Creek Park.
If you are brand new to fly fishing the Beginning Flycasting Classes will be the perfect way to start. We can provide equipment for you if you don't have your own yet.
If you have been fly fishing for a while and wish to improve, you may want to enhance your skills in the Intermediate Classes.
If you want to learn how to cast shooting head lines - we have a class for Shooting Head Casting.
And if you have the basics mastered and want to learn advanced casting skills we even have an Advanced Class.
Each class is 2 hours each day on three consecutive weekends - Saturday and Sunday - beginning March 29. The fee is $45 for 12 hours of instruction. You must be a member of Flycasters to take the classes. So everyone is encouraged to attend the March 12 meeting and sign up. You can join at the meeting - membership costs are $50 for and individual or $60 for a family membership. Contact Jo Hood for details 408-499-5191
You can wait until registration at 8:00am on Saturday March 29 -- but the more advanced classes fill up early.
More information regarding these classes can be found under the "Knowledge" menu above -
And check out the February Flylines newsletter in our "File Sharing" pages - top right - go to 2014 Flylines -and click on Flylines 02-2014.