Sunday, February 14, 2016

Workshops by Day

Workshops by Type

Tuesday Casting
Wednesday Tying
Thursday On Water
Friday Other
Saturday Non-Angling

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Friday, July 13

51. 12 Most Common Casting Errors: Spotting and Fixing Them – Dave Barron, Scott Kessler. Fixing any casting flaw, yours or somebody else’s, requires spotting the underlying error and knowing what is causing it. This class will teach casting instructors to spot the most common casting errors, diagnose the causes and prescribe the cure. It will also teach you how to make those errors to use in casting demos. Equipment: Hat, sunglasses, water, and an 8- to 9-foot rod with a 5- to 7-weight forward line.
Friday: 8 a.m. to noon • Level: Intermediate
Class Limit: 12 • Member Fee: $65

52. Loop Dynamics for the Instructor – Soon Lee, Bruce Richards. This workshop is for instructors. Part one: the loop; the cast; understanding loop dynamics. Intermission. Part two: frequently asked questions Gammels’ essentials; essentials for tight loops; SLP does not exist? SLP–two active necessities; SLP–three passive essentials; “stopless” cast, What are creep and drag?, What are drift and slide?, Q&A.
Friday: 8 a.m. to noon • Level: Instructors
Class Limit: 8 • Member Fee: $60

53. Learn The Most Elegant Skill in Fly Casting, the Double Haul – Les Rosenthal. Do you want to cast longer with less effort? Learn or improve the most classy skill in fly casting! This class will start with the basics and progress through the casting skills needed to double haul. You will learn how to continue to teach yourself to double haul better. Expect to be e-mailed a class outline before the class. For best results, you should be working on or be able to false cast, shoot line, and carry 40 feet with tight loops on the back and forward casts. Equipment: A 5- to 7-weight balance rod and a 5- to 7-weight forward floating line with a 5-foot leader with a 0X tippet setup.

Friday: 8 a.m. to noon • Level: Intermediate/advanced
Class Limit: 8 • Member Fee: $50

54. Casting Rendezvous – Chase Jablonski. Have a specific casting problem? Want to learn something new? Just want to cast with the experts? This is the place to go and play! Jim Valle and other FFF casting instructors will be casting throughout the day – having some fun and challenging each other – and are eager to meet and cast with you. Stop in – you just never know who might be throwing a line! New casters, want to give it a try? Come on, we’ll find a rod for you! Fill in your free time between workshops. Big problems, little problems? Bring ’em on! Open to all casters of all ages and levels, in the true spirit of the FFF. Equipment: Rod/reel/line/leader/yarn fly.
Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. • Level: All
Class Limit: Unlimited • Member Fee: Free

55. Double Haul: Add Distance, Smoothness and Loop Control – Floyd Dean, Janet Dean. In this workshop, learn to perfect your double haul and avoid the pitfalls. Eliminate creep, slack, bounce of the rod tip and that dreaded tailing loop. You will increase your distance, smoothness and loop control. You will be ready to go bone fishing! Students must be able to cast a decent loop and have at least a beginning concept of the double haul. Equipment: 5- to 8-weight fly rod with a 7.5-foot to 9-foot 4X leader. I will provide the practice fly with no hook.
Friday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. • Level: Intermediate/advanced
Class Limit: 12 • Member Fee: $60

56. “Fear No Tree,” the Many Uses for a Roll Cast – Molly Semenik. Class will begin with a basic roll cast, progressing to a switch-type Spey cast. The many uses for a roll cast will be addressed. The instructor hopes to locate still water for this class. Equipment: Protective eye wear, 5- to 7-weight rod, shoes that can get wet.
Friday: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. • Level: Intermediate/advanced
Class Limit: 6 • Member Fee: $55

57. From Trout to the Tropics – Pete Greenan. A comprehensive prep course for trout fishers traveling to the tropics for exotic saltwater species. Includes insights on tackle, techniques and tactics. Students must have basic casting skills. Equipment: 8- or 9-weightt rod; those seeking tarpon should bring an 11- or 12-weight rod.
Friday: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. • Level: Intermediate
Class Limit: 2 • Member Fee: $20

58. The Double Haul from A to Z – Rhea Topping. This fun and popular workshop covers numerous exercises and methodologies for learning and teaching the double haul. You will have the opportunity to use a shooting head as well. It is an excellent workshop for instructors. This year’s class will closely follow the contents of Rhea’s instructional double haul video that will be available at the fair. Students must be able to false cast and shoot line. Equipment: 5- or 6-weight rod and weight forward floating line
Friday: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. • Level: Intermediate/advanced
Class Limit: 8 • Member Fee: $60

59. Loops 101 – Steve Hollensed. Fly casting is all about the loop. Change those imperfect loops to loops of perfection through simple, easy, practical methods. Participants will learn the principles behind good loop formation and how to put those principles into effect. Bring your “not-so-beautiful” loops, leave with beautiful loops. Class is best suited to advanced beginners, who have some ability to form basic loops, up to lower lever advanced students who are having trouble with loop shape and size. Above all, this will be fun, interactive and useful. Equipment: 5- to 7-weight practice rods recommended, with weight-forward floating lines (preferably brightly colored), leaders, yarn flies and sunglasses.
Friday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. • Level: All
Class Limit: 5 • Member Fee: $55

60. Backcast: The Key to the Forward Cast – Tim Lawson. The backcast is the setup for the forward cast. If you want to improve your loops, distance, accuracy and efficiency, come and learn the secrets of the backcast. Equipment: 5- to 7-weight rod/reel,floating line, 7.5-foot to 9-foot leader (1X) and yarn fly.
Friday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. • Level: All
Class Limit: 10 • Member Fee: $50

61. Step by Step to Better Distance – Pat Peterman. This course is targeted to those who desire to improve their casting, specifically those who are self-taught or have taken a class or two and recognize that it is time to take another look to move forward. The class will break the casting stroke into its components, provide drills and tools to improve each part of the cast and then reassemble the parts to cast more efficiently. Bring a great disposition and a one-minute elevator speech telling us who you are and what you want from the class. Equipment: An 8- to 9-foot rod in a 5- to 8-weight with a weight forward dry line (or double taper); a 7.5- to 8-foot 2X or heavier tapered leader (save the 4-7X for the stream) with hook removed and yarn tied in; safety glasses and water.
Friday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. • Level: Beginner/intermediate
Class Limit: 6 • Member Fee: $50

62. Switch Rods: A Versatile Casting and Fishing Tool – Rick Williams, Mark Huber. A half-day, on-the-grass workshop that introduces casters to the switch rod. Class will cover the use of Spey, Scandinavian and Skagit lines with Spey and switch rods and demonstrate the versatility of the switch rod for a variety of fishing and casting situations. Simply change lines and alter two-hand casting techniques to suit the line choice and fishing situation. Equipment: Switch rods/reels/lines (extra switch rods/reels available).
Friday: 8 a.m. to noon • Level: All
Class Limit: 16 • Member Fee: $65

Casting On Water

63. Single-handed Spey for Fishing – David Diaz. Spey casting is not exclusively two-handed, nor does it require specialized tackle. Using conventional trout and bass tackle, participants in this class will learn Spey casting moves that will improve their fishing efficiency by placing the fly longer in the strike zone. Class conduct is exclusively a hands-on, practical one without technical terms. The goal of the class is to make these Spey moves fluid, irresistible and permanent. Fishing license is required because the class will be on the water. Equipment: Sunscreen, water, snacks, hats, sunglasses, waders and wading boots, 5- to 8-weight rods and lines with 8- to 9-foot leaders.
Friday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. • Level: Intermediate/advanced
Class Limit: 6 • Member Fee: $65

64. Casts for Tight Quarters – Carl Zarelli. This class will focus on single-hand casts that can be used for differing environmental conditions, lack of backcast room, use of different types of lines and their applications.

If you have given up on tough conditions just because you thought it was too difficult to make a cast, you may want to attend this class. This class will combine unique single-hand casts and single-hand Spey casts. Equipment: Waders, 5- to 7-weight rod with weight forward lines, 8-foot leaders.
Friday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. • Level: Advanced beginner/advanced
Class Limit: 8 • Member Fee: $50


65. Tying Grant Style Flies – Todd Collins, James Flaherty. An in-depth study of the tying methods of George Grant. Students will learn how to tie the unique nymph bodies and weave hair hackles. Not for beginners; instructors will provide all materials. Equipment: Vise (no pedestal vises), two bobbins, scissors, whipfinisher, bodkin.
Friday: 8 a.m. to noon • Level: Intermediate
Class Limit: 15 • Member Fee: $50
Material Fee: $10

66. Tying Soft Hackle Flies – Mike Stewart. Workshop covers tying tricks, tips, techniques and a bit of history on this fly type. Floss, wire, hackle, dubbing and hooks will be provided by the instructor. Equipment: Vise, light, tools, extension cord, dubbing wax and thread: black and orange, 6/0 or 8/0 (140 or 70 denier).
Friday: 8 a.m. to noon • Level: Beginner/intermediate
Class Limit: 10 • Member Fee: $40
Material Fee: $5

67. Introduction to Fly Tying – Jim Ferguson, Frank Johnson. This class will introduce the participant to entry-level fly tying. Jim will use handouts developed by the FFF Fly Tying Group members to teach participants to tie fishable flies and the techniques in their construction. Equipment: Basic fly tying equipment, vise, scissors, thread, bobbin (some loaner tools available).
Friday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. • Level: Beginner
Class Limit: 8 • Member Fee: $45
Material Fee: $10

68. Lessons from Latitude 65: A Scholarly, Systematic Approach to Fly Tying Instruction – Scott Murdock, Shann Jones. This half-day workshop covers the genesis, development, delivery and the refinement of the University of Alaska (UA) fly tying instruction program from 2002 to present day. Participants will get to experience portions of this refined approach. UA’s basic, 12-hour, fly tying short course introduces students to the fundamental artistic skills of fly tying and provides participants with the necessary knowledge to make educated fly tying material selections. Scientific information on fish, habitat, entomology and freshwater ecology will be covered in the context of tying wet flies, nymphs, streamers and dry flies. Equipment: Fly tying tools, reading glasses or magnifying tools (a minimal number of tools available).
Friday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. • Level: All
Material Fee: $10

69. Coq (Gallo) de Leon: History of The Feathers and Traditional Spanish Fly Patterns – Leslie Wrixon. This course will provide students with the history, conservation and description of these amazing feathers. Students will learn about and tie traditional Spanish patterns, many of which date to the 16th century, as well as modern patterns using the feathers of Gallo de Leon. Equipment: Vise, light and tying tools.
Friday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. • Level: Intermediate
Class Limit: 8 • Member Fee: $60
Material Fee: $20

On Water

70. Let’s Go Fishing with a Spey Rod – Lee Davison. Lee will be taking you on the water and giving firsthand pointers on how to read the water and catch fish utilizing Spey techniques. This workshop will give you hints on approaching and casting/moving through a run, which casts to employ depending on the conditions, and what to do during hookup, playing and landing a fish. Equipment: Spey rod/reel/line, sunglasses or protective eyewear, sunscreen, waders and drinks (some limited Spey tackle available if instructor is notified in advance).
Friday: 8 a.m. to noon • Level: All
Class Limit: 6 • Member Fee: $75

71. Fish the Super Secret High Desert Spring Creek - Len Zickler. Join Len exploring a beautiful desert spring creek in the Channeled Scabland of eastern Washington. Home of the great Missoula floods! Anglers will learn techniques for fishing the springs creeks of the region. Len provides lunch, transportation and flies. Equipment: 4- to 6-weight rod, waders, boots, hat, vest, eye protection, water and a Washington fishing license.
Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. • Level: Intermediate
Class Limit: 5 • Member Fee: $90

72. Steelhead Catching Techniques – Mac Huff. This workshop will present details about effective fishing with three common steelhead angling techniques: nymphing, greased line (side-profile) and swing. Look at using these techiques with single-hand and two-hand rods, and explore some of the strengths and weaknesses of each rod for each technique. This workshop should be beneficial to anyone who would like to catch more steelhead. Equipment: Single-hand or two-hand rod (any weight) with floating line and leader.
Friday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. • Level: All
Class Limit: 20 • Member Fee: $40


73. Antique Angler: Making the Antique Hook and Tying the First English Pattern (1651) – Darrel Martin, Sandra Martin. A simple, hands-on class on making blind hooks based on antique directions, including pointing, bearding, firing and tempering. Make horsehair snoods as the instructors explicate antique tying. Tie the first English pattern with tying directions dated from 1651. Students will exit with functional terminal tackle akin to that used in 17th century angling. The Martins offer a brief introduction on historic rod and line, along with handouts, both text and artwork, and all hook and tying materials. Equipment: Basic tying tools, vise (base mount is best), scissors, whip-finisher (long reach best, but not required), 3/0 thread/bobbin and ample curiosity.
Friday: 9 a.m. to noon • Level: All
Class Limit: 8 • Member Fee: $55

74. Do It Yourself Chile – Bill Keister, Dean Keister. The presenters have been to Coyhaique, Chile seven times. Learn about the area, the fish, recommended rivers, self-guiding, local guides, high-end lodge combinations, river access issues, language, flies, tackle, wind, transportation to and in Patagonia, and other lodging options. Their Power Point presentation is highly interactive and includes handouts so you can learn how to go on your own.
Friday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. • Level: All
Class Limit: 20
Member Fee: $25

75. Dutch Oven Cooking – Lew Evans. Learn how to cook a main dish and a dessert in a Dutch oven – in one day! You will also learn how to care for cast iron cookery. If you leave the class hungry, well, you know the rest!
Friday: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. • Level: All
Class Limit: 8 • Member Fee: $25
Material Fee: $10
76. Rafting on the Lower Spokane River – Nick Farline. Whitewater rafting on the Spokane River has never been easier or more fun. Three minutes from downtown Spokane, this river offers all the fun and excitement you can enjoy. It is filled with rapids, wildlife and scenery and guided by our professionally trained guides. Lunch is included in your excursion. Students should be prepared for any weather. The instructor will have dry bags to store cell phones and other valuables. Equipment: Sunscreen, swimsuit and water bottle.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. • Level: All
Class Limit: 50 • Member Fee: $60
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