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

Bill Nelson will be delivering five hours (!) of in-depth instruction in tying Dick Nelson's signature fly.

The Aztec is a simple, inexpensive, indestructible, and effective streamer.

In the Club tying classes, we teach the Aztec.  In this workshop, you'll learn the Aztec.

During the workshop you'll learn and practice the techniques needed to tie all of the patterns of the  main branch of the Aztec family.

Additional printed instructions cover five variations, including adding gills, eyes, or fins; tying point-up Aztecs; and using different materials for the body.  Plus other instructions to tie the closely related patterns, The Hi-Crest Aztec and the Manta.

And, since there was space left in the binders, bonus instructions for five other Nelson yarn patterns and for making and attaching the Nelson Point Guard.

Included are twenty-five examples of all of the above flies, and materials sufficient to tie dozens, if not hundreds, for yourself.

The class is limited to five students.
Please, no raw, beginning tiers.

Questions or sign-up via email at

Sign-up sheet and payment at the December and January Flycasters meetings.

Date- Saturday, January 25
Time- 11:30am - 4:30pm
Place- the conference room in building M, 1101 S. Winchester Blvd., SJ
(courtesy of Bob Davis)
Cost- $25 (snacks included) 

Cash or checks payable to Bill Nelson

At the Shad Fishout earlier this year members learned first hand how hard it is to cast into the teeth of a relentless wind.  Standing on the east shore of the Sacramento River and heaving a fly line due west directly into a stiff wind proved very difficult for all but a few Flycasters.

Tony Yap is conducting a casting clinic which will address this exact situation.  How to effectively cast in windy conditions.

The clinic will take place on Saturday morning October 19 at 10:00am at the Casting Ponds at Los Gatos Creek Park.

Tony is a master caster and an exceptional teacher.  No matter what your casting skill level, attending this clinic will enhance your ability to cast in the wind.

The fee is $10 per member - the proceeds will help the Tournament Casting Team pay tournament expenses.  $10 cash or checks payable to Flycasters Inc.

Bring your gear, eye protection (a must), maybe some sunscreen, a snack - the clinic will be a couple of hours - and as Tony says --- "Bring an open mind."

Sign up at the October 9 meeting - or you can show up at the ponds with your ten bucks - there should be plenty of space for all who wish to attend.

Contact Wade Goertz for more information





Flycasters of San Jose


Oct 30, Nov 6, Nov 20, Dec 4    7-9PM


Conference Room M250 Winchester Plaza


1101 S. Winchester Blvd., San Jose


Featuring useful patterns and techniques from the broad and deep field of the San Jose Flycaster’s fly tying experts.


This class is “advanced” only in that it assumes you have your own equipment and some previous experience with fly tying.  Bring your vice, tools, thread, notebook.  Pattern specific materials will be provided.


Enrollment is limited.


Cost: $20   Must be a member of San Jose Flycasters, but you can join when you sign up.  Please sign up at the October club meeting or contact Bill Zuravleff.


For additional information, or to sign up contact:


Bill Zuravleff 650 967-0674,


Or see


Note:  New to fly tying?  Try our most excellent Beginning Fly Tying course which is generally offered in the spring usually beginning in February.




Bill Zuravleff

Your fly is attached to the tippet - the tippet is attached to the leader - the leader is attached to your butt (section) - your butt (section) is attached to the flyline - your flyline is attache to the backing and the backing is attached to the reel.

That is six (6) knots that all need to work together to enable you to hook, play, and land a fish.  And it's important that they hold together and not break or come apart.

On Wednesday evening - August 28 - at 7:00pm in the Moreland Apts meeting room --- Flycasters will hold an Introductory Knots Class.

We'll learn the clinch and improved clinch knots - the surgeon's knot - the nail knot (and the nailless nail knot) - the blood knot - the perfection loop - the non-slip mono loop - the uni knot - the arbor knot - and if time permits one or two more.

This is a free seminar for members of Flycasters - sign up at the August meeting or contact Wade Goertz

You must sign up in order to receive the hand outs and other materials.


Attendees should bring along some nippers or scissors and some monofilament with which to practice - 0X  1X  2X  3X  or  4X   (preferably two sizes close to each other)  You may want to bring along some paper and a pen to take knots, er I mean notes.


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