FFF Fly Fishing Faire at Mammoth Lakes, California Sept. 20-22
SWC-IFFF press release
MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. - In what might be officially described as a three day three ring circus of all things fly-fishing, longtime anglers and newcomers to the sport will mingle at the Southwest Council International Federation of Fly Fishers end-of-summer Faire, Sept. 20-22.
Faire hours are Fri., 9-5 Sat., 9-5 and Sun., 9-3.
The intensive, all-encompassing homage to the ancient game of fly-fishing will be conducted by about 100 FFF volunteers, local fly-fishing guides and personalities at Cerro Coso College, 101 College Parkway in Mammoth, with "classrooms" stretching the Eastern Sierra from Bishop to Bridgeport.
"The Fly Fishing Faire will be a potpourri of the sport with clinics, workshops, films, casting, fly-tying, vendor displays and every aspect of fly-fishing," said Connie Bullock, Santa Clarita, who chairs the event.
Fly Fishing Faire admission is $15 adult or $20 per family ages 16-years and younger are free. Eastern Sierra residents receive a $5 discount. A single admission is good all Faire days. Some workshops and seminars are included in the Faire admission other classes will have separate registration, materials or participation fees. $15 for one or $20 for both films will be charged for motion picture showings.
There will be two film showings Fri. at the Minaret Theater in Mammoth Lakes. The Manzanar Fishing Club, the story of the World War II Eastern Sierra Japanese-American internment camp, will be seen at 6. The 2013 edition of the International Fly Fishing Film Festival screens at 8. Films in the IF4 include both full-length features and shorts: Cast Alaska II, The Last Salmon Forest, Surf's Up, Only the River Knows, A Deliberate Life, Competition, Beard Chronicles, California Trout and Angry Rain.
Saturday night's dinner will feature photographer, world traveler, writer and casting champion Brian O'Keefe.
Exhibiting vendors will have display booths including end-of-the-season sales on rods, reels, waders, boots and other tackle at reduced prices.
Classes, seminars and on-the-water educational activities include:
• Casting for Beginners
• Double Haul for Distance
• Improving Your Distance with Brian O'Keefe
• Presentation and Accuracy
• Using "Switch Rods" Effectively
• Mending Strategies and Other Techniques and
• Casting with Either Arm.
• Beginning Fly Tying
• Trout Flies with Buz Buszek Award Winner Steven Fernandez
• Fly Tying Demonstrations
• Tying Woven and Woven Wire Nymphs and
• Tying Extended Body Flies.
• Rush Creek
• Just Women and Float Tubing
• Learning the Lower Owens at High Flows
• Lake Crowley Still Water Midge Fishing
• Upper Owens Techniques
• Introduction to Float Tubing
• High Country Lakes and
• Hot Creek.
Faire proceeds will be utilized for fly-fishing with Boy Scouts, conservation and education projects including Trout-in-the-Classroom and Project Healing Waters activities with wounded veterans in cooperation with VA Hospitals.
The Southwest Council is composed of 23 individual conservation and education fly-fishing clubs in Southern California and Southern Nevada, part of the International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF.)
"Our raffle prizes include a 'laundry list' of rods, reels, fly lines, flies, fishing trips, guided trips, fishing accessories and clothing including a $750 value Sage Zero 4-weight flyrod," said Bullock.
Reservations for the Faire seminars, workshops and classes are on a first-come, first-served basis at www.swc-fff.org/faire or by calling (818) 200-1499.