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The annual Southwest Council IFF Fly Fishing Fair
May 15th, 2014, 7:03am
                                         May 13, 2014
Club Members Invited
     MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. – The annual Southwest Council IFF Fly Fishing Faire – Sept. 19-21 – may look like just a dot on the horizon, but it’s getting closer every day.  With Connie Bullock of the Santa Clarita Casting Club at the helm and charting a course, a full slate of fly-fishing fun is filling the event calendar.
     Headquartered at Cerro Coso Community College, 101 College Parkway, Fly Fishing Faire activity venues range up and down the mountain from Hot Creek to Lake Crowley and beyond … a virtual sunup to sundown potpourri of the sport.  
     Faire hours are Fri., 9-5; Sat., 9-5; and Sun., 9-3.  
     Admission is $15 adult with ages 16-years and younger free; $20 per family.  Eastern Sierra resident admission is $10.  A single admission is good for all Faire days. Some workshops and seminars are included in the admission; other classes will have separate registration, materials or participation fees.  
     Fly Fishing Faire registration opens July 13 for club members with classes and seminars on a first-come-first served basis.
     About 100 International Federation of Fly Fishers volunteers plus local professional guides will conduct hands-on education sessions ranging from beginning fly-tying and fly-casting classes, conservation seminars, entomology, techniques, rod building, area tours, just for women outings to on-the-river activities.
     “With 90% of the fish caught by 10% of all anglers, the educational elements of the Faire will level the playing field,” said Bullock.  “Fishing without catching is just standing in the water and shivering … our classes and seminars will teach you to tie flies that bring fish to the net,” she added.
     Tenkara USA will provide hands-on seminars and on-stream classes to introduce anglers to that form of fly-fishing.
     The Sat. night dinner and fund raising auction is slated for the Mammoth Event Center, 452 Old Mammoth Road in the shopping center on the second floor above Mammoth Sporting Goods.
     Bullock promises “thousands of dollars” in raffle and auction prizes – primarily fly-fishing tackle, guide trips, clothing and artwork.  Proceeds from the raffle will be utilized for local IFFF projects including fly-fishing with Boy Scouts, conservation and education including Trout-in-the-Classroom; and Project Healing Waters with wounded veterans in cooperation with VA Hospitals.
     “This is a great event to bring a relative, co-worker or neighbor who always wanted to learn to fly-fish, but never had the time,” said Southwest Council president Michael Schweit.  “In a few classroom hours they will get all the basics without you needing to do anything … except maybe lend them a rod and reel,” he continued.
           Registration and event information will be available 24/7 after July 13 at (818) 200 1499 or visit southwestcouncilfff.org/faire
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