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On-line registration for the Southwest Council Federation of Fly Fishers Fly Fishing Faire Sept. 13-16 in Mammoth Lakes opens Sun., July 1 at 6 a.m.  Registration for classes, seminars, fly-tying demonstrations, fly-fishing excursions and films will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
Adult admission is $10 with children and teens age 16 and under admitted free.  One admission is good for all Faire days.
Registration and all information is at

Sept. 13-16

A jam-packed dawn-to-dusk schedule of fly-fishing classes, free seminars and activities is on tap for the Southwest Council Federation of Fly Fishers’ first Fly Fishing Faire, Sept. 13-16 in Mammoth Lakes, announced Michael Schweit, president of the 24 club organization.
Headquartered at Cerro Coso Community College, 101 College Parkway in Mammoth, the Faire will be a potpourri of the sport with clinics, workshops, films, casting, fly-tying, vendor displays and every aspect of the sport utilizing both the school and nearby Eastern Sierra waters.
Adult admission is $10 with children and teens age 16 and under admitted free.  One admission is good for all Faire days.
Some workshops and seminars will be included in the Faire admission; other classes have separate registration or instructor and materials fees. Hours are Thurs., 2-5; Fri., 8-5; Sat.; 8-5; and Sun., 9-3.
Featured film presentation will be The International Fly Fishing Film Festival (IF4), 13 short and feature length films – about two hours – produced by professional and amateur filmmakers from all corners of the globe, showcasing the passion, lifestyle and culture of fly-fishing.
Registration, class, film and seminar information is available at
A partial listing of seminars, classes and instructional sessions includes –
Thurs., Sept. 13
Fish the Walker River in Bridgeport with Walker River Outfitters’ Andrew Sears and Scott Freeman.  Intermediate casting ability required.  Bring waders.
Fri., Sept. 14
Casting.  Fix your back-cast and resulting forward cast.  Instructor Tim Lawson.
Casting.  Presentation and accuracy.  FFF Certified Casting Instructor Paul Riegert.  Some experience preferred.
Entomology.  Hosted by Dave Parker. General introduction to the four most important orders of insects (mayflies, caddis, stoneflies, chironomids), including life cycles and key identifying characteristics
Bus Tour.  Mammoth to Bodie Ghost Town.  An up-close and personal taste of the Eastern Sierra’s scenic and historic treasures north of Mammoth Lakes with an extended visit at Bodie State Historic Park.
On The Water.  Beginning fly-fishing hosted by Sierra Pacific Fly Fishers. The basic casts needed in fly-fishing; both classroom and on-stream instruction.
On The Water.     Intro to fly-fishing with spinning gear.  Instructor Chad St. John demonstrates how to use spinning gear to fly-fish using dry flies and nymphs.
On The Water.  Fishing Crowley Lake and other still waters with instructor and longtime guide Ernie Gulley.
On The Water. A four hour course teaching how to quickly identify insects and tie simple but effective patterns to match the hatch. Instructor Steven McGrath.
On The Water.  Upper Owens Techniques.  Instructors are guides Otis Hein, Brad McFall and Dave Neal. Students will rotate through three stations – dry flies, nymphs and streamers.      Tying.  Small flies for spring creeks with Dave Parker, former education coordinator of the Deep Creek Fly Fishers.
Tying.  Extended body flies with Naomi Okamoto, Pasadena Casting Club.  Intermediate to advanced tiers.
Sat., Sept. 15
Casting.  Women only with FFF Certified Casting Instructor Kathy Kim.
Casting.  Improving distance.   Simple techniques that will add another 10-feet.  Instructor Dok Arvanites.
Casting.  Instructor Joe Libeu teaches the Double Haul.
Electrofishing Hot Creek with DFG staff from DFG’s Heritage & Wild Trout Program. Free Seminar.
Fly-fishing the Eastern Sierra, Bishop to Bridgeport     with guide and Hot Creek Ranch manager Kevin Peterson. Free Seminar.
Fly-fishing Hot Creek     with Kevin Peterson.    From line, flies, techniques to seasons. Free Seminar.
High Mountain Lakes with the DFG’s Mitch Lockhart. Free Seminar.
Non-fishing.  Beginning digital photography    with instructor/pro photographer Michael Miller, California State University, Northridge; and Pasadena Casting Club.
Techniques.  Build your own leaders.  Includes required materials. Instructor is Hot Creek and Eastern Sierra guru Mas Okui, Sierra Pacific Flyfishers.
Rod Building.  Build your own fly rod (including materials)     with instructor Chiaki Harami. Class includes lunch at the college. Minimum of 4 students.
Bus Tour. Mammoth to Bishop and points in between including Convict Lake, site of the infamous 1870s shootout between prison escapees and a sheriff’s posse.
On The Water.  Fish Crowley Lake with guide/instructor Ernie Gulley.
On The Water.  Beginning Fly Fishing with the Fly Fishers of Orange County.  Classroom and on-stream instruction.
On The Water. Better line mending with Granite Stanley and Cog McNeil, of The Troutfitter in Mammoth. Intermediate to advanced.
On The Water.  Strategies for Fishing in the Wind with Cog McNeil, of The Troutfitter in Mammoth.  Techniques and strategies to overcome the Eastern Sierra’s most common and challenging weather conditions
Conservation.  Hot Creek Kiosk Dedication.     Erected by CalTrout in 1993, the kiosk is a local landmark and serves to educate the general public about the basic principles of fly-fishing and conservation. It had fallen into disrepair.  Rehabilitation and refurbishing spearheaded by volunteers from Aguabonita Fly Fishers.
Sun., Sept. 16
On The Water. Beginning fly-fishing.  Taught by Santa Lucia Fly Fishers.  Both  classroom and on-stream locations.
On The Water. Fishing Hot Creek with Mas Okui. An experience not to be missed.     On The Water. Mending strategies and techniques for nymphing, dry flies and streamers with Kern River guide Guy Jeans. Learn stack mending, the reach cast, wiggle cast, pile cast, curve cast or just learning where to move or mend your line during moving currents to get a better or natural drift.
On The Water.    Strategies for fishing in the wind with Cog McNeil of The Troutfitter in Mammoth.
Besides the virtual non-stop four day homage to fly-fishing, there will also be golf, spa sessions and other activities for the entire family added Schweit.
For lodging and camping information and Special Faire Rates, contact:
Convict Lake Resort.  Jen Heintzelman, [email protected]; 760-934-3800 x 46.
Creekside Inn (Bishop).  Jena Kautto, [email protected]; 360-719-1761.
Snowcreek Resort (Mammoth).  John Morris, [email protected]; 760-934-3333.
Double Eagle Resort (June Lake).  Sharon Harvey, [email protected]; 760-934-8511.
Adventures in Camping (Regional).  Ryne Dore, [email protected]; 760-935-4890.
Alpenhof Lodge (Mammoth).  Stacy Schaubmayer, [email protected]; 760-934-6330.
Crowley Lake Fish Camp (Crowley).  Abbie, [email protected]; 760-935-4301.
Travelodge (Mammoth).  Young Kim, [email protected], 760-934-8240.
Silver Lake Resort (June Lake).  Andrew Jones, [email protected]; 760-648-7525.


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