Many are starting to dust off their fly-fishing gear or those who are looking at getting involved in this widely popular fishing activity, can head to the Washington Fly Fishing Fair sponsored by the Washington State Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers May 1-2 at the Ellensburg Fairgrounds.
More than 100 fly-tiers from various fly club and shops will be demonstrating their skills and unique flies, and classes will be available for those interested in starting or advancing their tying.
Fly-tiers include Henry Hoffman; Al Beatty; Bruce Staples; Harry Lemire; John M. Newberry; Steve Brocco; Darrel Martin; Les Johnson; Tak Shimizu; Paul Jacobson; Mark Romero; Karen Royer; John Olshewsky; Vern Jeremica; Glen Wilson; Preston Singletary; and Scott Peters.
Fly-tying class instructors include Vern Jeremica, Dick Lange, Leonard Gross, Byron Bjerke, Darrel Martin, Jack Cook and Sam Matalone.
A Fly Fishing Photography seminar will be led by Ed Sozinho and Earl Harper who will show you how to get better shots of your catch, and How to Fish Lakes will be presented by Tom Schrier, and is a primer for beginners and new techniques for old hands.
Also, Jan Sadio will cover the fly-fishing opportunities in the Spokane area; Marlon Rampy, Chief Guide for Lonesome Duck Lodge will show you the ins and outs of the famed area around the Klamath River; Doug Rose, author and guide, will cover the how to and where to of the Olympic Peninsula; David Williams, author and smallmouth bass guy will spill his secrets about Washington smallies; Leland Miyawaki will present a program on fishing his famous popper for searun cutthroat and salmon on the beaches of Puget Sound; and Darc Knobel will talk about one of Washington’s biggest secrets Fly Fishing for Carps.
Lessons will include beginning casting group; emergency casting clinic where instructors standing by to help individuals improve any part of their casting; individual private casting lessons from master instructors; introduction to spey casting; beginning casting class taught by women for women; and casting in windy conditions.
There will also be a casting competition for those who would like to test their skills. Details: www.washingtoncouncilfff.org.
(Photo by Mark Harrison, Seattle Times staff photographer)