Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Workshops by Day

Workshops by Type

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

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Saturday, July 14

77. Taking Your Spey Casting Talents to the Next Level – Lee Davison. Instruction to help you Spey cast farther, more accurately and in difficult situations. Lee will provide some Spey tackle for those not having their own, but this is limited and you must contact the FFF office, as he will need to be notified in advance. Equipment: Spey rod/reel/line, sunglasses or protective eyewear, and sunscreen.
Saturday: 8 a.m. to noon • Level: Intermediate
Class Limit: 6 • Member Fee: $65

78. Casting Efficiency – Chase Jablonski. Effective casting is made with proper technique and power application, not strength. Learn techniques to cast farther, with more control and with less effort. Equipment: Eye protection, a trout rod with floating line, and a 0x 7- to 10-foot leader.
Saturday: 8 a.m. to noon • Level: Intermediate
Class Limit: 15 • Member Fee: $40

79. 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.
Saturday: 8 a.m. to noon • Level: Intermediate/advanced
Class Limit: 8 • Member Fee: $50

80. Advanced Fly Casting Techniques – Don Simonson. Learn how to have good line control that will produce all types of fishing casts: aerial mends, casting under and around objects, and gaining more distance with minimal effort. Equipment: Rod/reel/line and leader.
Saturday: 8 a.m. to noon • Level: Intermediate/advanced
Class Limit: 8 • Member Fee: $55

81. Modern Northwest Spey Casting: The Evolution of Efficiency – Brian Niska. The evolution of efficiency in the progression of modern Northwest Spey casting. Brian will teach you a casting style that will enable you to get the maximum performance out of your equipment with the least amount of effort. Learn how to tighten loops and increase line speed with natural movements that respect the inherent laws of flycasting. Suitable for Spey casters of all experience levels. Equipment: Spey setup, ideally a shooting head matched to rod of 12 feet to 13.5 feet, plus wading gear if a water venue is available. Some rods/reels/lines available.
Saturday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. • Level: All
Class Limit: 10 • Member Fee: $50

82. 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.
Saturday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. • Level: Beginner/intermediate
Class Limit: 6 • Member Fee: $50

83. Casting in Wind Conditions – Don Simonson. Learn how to cast into a head wind, a tail wind and wind on your casting side. Equipment: Rod/reel/line and leader.
Saturday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. • Level: Intermediate/advanced
Class Limit: 8 • Member Fee: $55

Casting On Water

84. Spey Distance Casting and Efficient Use of the Rod – Greg Bencivenga. Utilizing the rod and leverage to maximise efficiency and other principles to improve casting. Equipment: Waders, boots, rod, reel and floating line.
Saturday: 8 a.m. to noon • Level: Intermediate/advanced
Class Limit: 6 • Member Fee: $65

85. Two-hand Casts with a Single-handed Rod - Carl Zarelli. Some people feel that Spey casting can only be accomplished effectively with a double-handed rod. This is simply not true. Join Carl to learn how to perform these casts with a single-handed rod. These techniques will keep your line in the water longer and the wear and tear to your body to a minimum. This workshop is on the water Equipment: Waders, any weight-forward line and medium to fast action rod will.
Saturday: 8 a.m. to noon • Level: Advanced beginner/advanced
Class Limit: 10 • Member Fee: $50


86. History, Tying and Fishing Soft Hackles – J.C. Childress. Learn about the history and origin of the soft hackle, and how to tie and teach soft hackle patterns, as well as techniques of the soft hackle. Equipment: Vise, tying tools and thread (black, brown, tan and olive), 8/0 preferred.
Saturday: 8 a.m. to noon • Level: All
Class Limit: 15 • Member Fee: $50

87. Introduction to Fly Tying for Women – Frank Johnson, Jim Ferguson. Ladies, ever want to try tying flies? Here’s your chance to give it a whirl. This fun, interactive opportunity only for women is sponsored by the Fly Tying Group (FTG) and led by two knowledgeable, talented instructors. They will teach not only the beginning steps and introduce you to fly tying but will open the door for you to start filling your own fly box. A printed handout of step-by-step instructions developed by the FFF/FTG will be used to help teach you how to tie the flies that catch fish. You will leave this class with a packet of material to complete at least one of each pattern, and the skills to continue exploring your tying experience. Equipment: Basic fly tying equipment (vise, scissors, thread, bobbin), although equipment also available.
Saturday: 8 a.m. to noon • Level: Beginner
Class Limit: 10 • Member Fee: $45

88. Tying and Fishing with the Life Cycle of a Mayfly – Nate Brumley. Tie different stages of a mayfly (emerging, hatching, adult) and observe video on how to fish with these different stages in all seasons. Equipment: Vise, tying equipment (bodkin pick, scissors), black unithread 8'0.
Saturday: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. • Level: Intermediate/advanced
Class Limit: 12 • Member Fee: $50
Material Fee: $5

89. Survey of Woven Nymphs – Leslie Wrixon. This course will provide students with an introduction and hands-on learning for a variety of woven body techniques. Equipment: Vise, light and tying tools.
Saturday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. • Level: Intermediate
Class Limit: 8 • Member Fee: $50
Material Fee: $15

On Water

90. 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.
Saturday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. • Level: All
Class Limit: 20 • Member Fee: $40


91. Streamside Examination of Stoneflies – David Nelson. Visit a local stream and examine the benthic fauna (bugs under rocks!), paying special attention to the stoneflies. Then discuss their life history, the part they play in the stream’s insect community and their relevance to fly fishers. Bring waders, if you like, but all specimens will be brought to the bank for study and photography. Equipment: Waders.
Saturday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. • Level: Beginner
Class Limit: 12 • Member Fee: $35

92. Fly Tying and Fly Casting: Line Handling for Veterans and/or Disabled – Ken Brunskill. Part one, fly tying with one hand. How to use and tie with the one-hand fly tying station (aka Evergreen Hand). Part two, fly casting and fishing skills with adaptive equipment for the veteran with disabilities (limited to the use of one upper limb). There will be a break between part one and part two. Equipment: Provided.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. • Level: All
Class Limit: 6 • Member Fee: $20
Material Fee: $10


93. Spokane River Kayak Adventure – Len Zickler. Canoe and kayak this quiet stretch of the beautiful Spokane River. Enjoy the cultural and natural history of this stretch of the Spokane River. This stretch is like a lake. Kayaks, PFDs and lunch provided. Participants should know how to swim. Equipment: Appropriate attire for weather and on the water, sunscreen, hat, water.
Saturday: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. • Level: Intermediate
Class Limit: 6 • Member Fee: $40
Material Fee: $30

94. 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.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. • Level: All
Class Limit: 50 • Member Fee: $60

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