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

Tom Key will be teaching the rod building classes. Tom is an expert rod builder having built numerous bamboo, fiberglass, and graphite rods over the years. Albert Yi, who has many years of experience in rod building will assist him.

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The seminar will take place over 6 nights - Tuesday's and Thursday's beginning January 16th and 18th and then continue after a two (2) week break --- the break between the first sessions and the following classes will give members time to buy blanks and materials they need to build a rod. Continue on February 6th and 8th, and February 13th and 15th.

Sessions begin at 7:00pm,  Moreland Apts Activities Center

4375 Payne Ave, San Jose, CA

Cost is $20 - Space is limited to 12 members -- Sign up at the December meeting - For information contact Mason Seim

Topics will include:

Ÿ  An overview of rod building

Ÿ  Selecting a fly rod blank

Ÿ  Marking the spline

Ÿ  Tools and materials used in building fly rods

Ÿ  Attaching reel seats

Ÿ  Building and attaching cork handles

Ÿ  Guide spacing and wrapping

Ÿ  Finishing coats - marking your fly rod - slow drying motors

Ÿ  Resources and answering questions


Flycasters Fall Fly Tying Classes will take place over 4 nights at the Moreland Apts meeting room - All on Wednesday - Novermber 15 and 29 --- December 6 and 20 -- 7:00 to 9:00pm. The Fall Fly Tying Classes are geared for members with some experience tying flies.  Cost for the 4 class series will be $20 - Flycasters members only - contact Bill Zuravleff to sign up --

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Bob Laskodi will be teaching a Knots Class on Tuesday December 5th  - Remember !! The only thing keeping that fish on the end of your line and the entire rig together are your knots, so they better be tied correctly. Class will begin at 7:00pm at the Moreland Apts meeting room - space is limited to 12 members - cost is $10 -- Sign up at the November meeting --see Mason Seim for details.

ALSO -- Luke Sing is mapping out the best weekend(s) for teaching Single Handed Spey Casting -- and also scheduling the Spring Casting Classes --

And there will be a Rod Building Seminar in the new year --





Fly Fishing 101

Hosted by Bob Shoberg

Tuesday October 17th

Moreland Apts. Meeting Room – 7:00pm

For all of you who are new to fly fishing and those who think they might still have something to learn Flycasters is presenting its New Member Seminar on Tuesday evening, October 17th, at the Moreland Apartments Meeting Room beginning at 7:00pm. Doors open at 6:15 so please arrive early so we can start at 7, as there is a lot of information to cover.

We will have a comprehensive presentation of topics that will include:

Overall Fly rod/line setup - Fly Rod basicsFlylinesTippetsFliesEntomology

General Fly fishing equipment - Getting your equipment ready to go

It will be a perfect opportunity to get to know the other club members – both new and longstanding – as well as a chance to ask any questions that you need answered.

It is a FREE seminar – and open to all Flycasters members

(You can even invite your friends along to see if they might be interested)

Sign up before the seminar so we can determine how many handouts to have!!

For more information or to register contact Mason Seim at

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One of the most common problems fly fishers have when attempting to cast "just a little bit farther" is the tailing loop.  Which often results in a "wind knot" more correctly known as a "casting knot" ... and knots in your line often result in lost fish - OUCH !!!!

Tony Yap is conducting a Casting Clinic on September 23rd at the Casting Ponds at Los Gatos Creek Park from 9:00am to noon -

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Tony will address tailing loops, casting into the wind, and any other casting challenges we can throw at him.

Tony Yap is an accomplished fly fisher, a fantastic teacher, and a very successful tournament winning fly caster.   His list of accomplishments in competitive fly casting is truly impressive.

Tony asks that you bring your favorite fly rod. Anything between 5 and 10 weight, with a reel and weight forward floating line, appropriate leader and tippet and some yarn (no hooks). Bring a notebook and pen to take notes. Be sure to bring protective eyewear. Sunglasses or eyeglasses - just as long as they cover your eyes. This is a requirement, without eye protection you cannot attend the clinic.

Tony also asks that if you have any questions about specific areas of casting please submit them in writing to him at the September 13th meeting, anonymously if you prefer, and Tony will answer them at the seminar.

The clinic is FREE for members of Flycasters - Parking inside the park is $6 --

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