Thursday, February 11, 2016

Workshops by Day

Workshops by Type

Tuesday Casting
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Thursday On Water
Friday Other
Saturday Non-Angling

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Thursday, July 12

24. Improve Your Fishing by Tightening your Loops – Mary Ann Dozer, John MacDiarmid. How tight are your loops? Are they 2 to 3 feet or more like 3 to 6 fet? The size of your loop determines the overall quality of your cast; tight loops give you a strong foundation for accuracy and distance. In this class, you will learn key hand/rod mechanics to tighten your loops and practice drills to master tighter loops, thus increasing your catching! This is a great class for the angler wanting to get their casting certification. Equipment: Single-handed trout rod.
Thursday: 8 a.m. to noon • Level: Intermediate
Class Limit: 10 • Member Fee: $50

25. Catching Bigger Fish with Smaller Flies: Tactical Fishing Techniques – Chase Jablonski. Learn to catch the wariest fish in the river by conforming your approach and casting technique to fish behavior. Learn fish behavior and how to approach the water and present your fly effectively. Casting effectively involves accurate placement of both the line and fly. Learn an approach to presentation-based fishing in this workshop for advanced casters. Equipment: Eye protection, a trout rod with floating line, and a 0X 7- to 10-foot leader.
Thursday: 8 a.m. to noon • Level: Advanced
Class Limit: 10 • Member Fee: $40

26. Ground School: Jump Starting Beginners and Intermediates – Bill Keister. This teaching approach is built upon Soon Lee’s ground loop approach with the addition of Lefty Kreh’s clothesline. In part one of the workshop, all participates will be given instruction using this technique. In part two participants will either continue using the technique or participate in a discussion of strengths and weaknesses of this approach and the particular conditions that lead to a rapid learning environment. This workshop is aimed at multiple audiences: beginners who are just starting out, intermediates having problems making tight loops, and experienced casters who want to experience and use this teaching technique. Equipment: Casting outfit.
Thursday: 8 a.m. to noon • Level: All
Class Limit: 20 • Member Fee: $40

27. Casting Rendezvous – Jim Valle. 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.
Thursday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. • Level: All
Class Limit: Unlimited • Member Fee: Free

28. Intermediate Casting Class – John Van Dalen. Learn to analyze your casting stroke and improve your skills. Small class size offers individual help with your problems. Take your casting to the next level. Equipment: Rod and reel.
Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. • Level: Intermediate
Class Limit: 8 • Member Fee: $50

29. Certified Casting Instructor TEST – Performance Portion (this is the performance portion of the FFF Certified Casting Instructor program). Candidates must complete the casting instructor certification workshop and pass the written exam to become certified. Equipment: Maximum 9-foot, 7-weight rod; maximum 7-weight floating line; minimum 7.5-foot leader, yarn fly.
Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Level: Advanced
Class Limit: 16 • Member Fee: Included with payment of CCI workshop and written exam (prerequisite).

30. 5-Weight Games Workshop – Chase Jablonski. Learn to cast the 5-weight games and how to improve your score.
Thursday: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. • Level: All
Class Limit: 15 • Member Fee: Free

31. Presentation Casts for Trout – Phil Gay. Hands-on teaching to learn numerous casts to solve difficult presentations. Casts to be covered are reach, downstream, various curves, tuck, check, parachute and combinations of these. Equipment: Fly fishing outfit with yarn fly.
Thursday: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. • Level: Intermediate
Class Limit: 8 • Member Fee: $65

32. MCCI Examiners Continuing Education: The Path to Becoming a Good Examiner, Going Beyond the Checkbox – Eric Cook. This workshop is an exploration of the other aspects of MCCI examination beyond the evaluation of casting skills.
Thursday: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. • Level: FFF certified instructor
Class Limit: 40 • Member Fee: $40

33. Video Casting Analysis with Your Smartphone – Macauley Lord. Learn how to film, analyze and replay your student’s casting on the spot using the simple video camera built into your phone [or your tablet computer such as an iPad].   It's a powerful teaching tool!  Learn how to best film your student--it's very easy--based on the errors or grace you're seeing in his or her casts. The class will include a group discussion of how to rank the relative importance of errors, and a sharing of some specific, creative ways we instructors have to cure those errors. Equipment: This class is for casting instructors but they need not be certified.  Bring the freshwater outfit with which you would teach beginners and bring your smartphone or tablet computer with built-in video camera.
Thursday: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. • Level: Instructors
Class Limit: 20 • Member Fee: $20

34. Advanced Fly Casting – Bruce Richards. Advanced fly casting techniques, based on student needs. Loop control, distance, double hauling, slack line casts, etc. Student should be able to double haul Equipment: Rod/reel/line.
Thursday: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. • Level: Intermediate/advanced
Class Limit: 5 • Member Fee: $80

35. Learn From Your Loop – Bruce Williams, Todd Somsel. Learn to diagnose the cast by reading the shape of the loop. The loop is the result of the casting stroke. This class will explore how the stroke and other influences determine the loop shapes. Students need to be able to false cast comfortably and consistently. Equipment: Rod and brightly colored line.
Thursday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. • Level: Intermediate
Class Limit: 8 • Member Fee: $60

Casting On Water

36. Getting to the Next Level in Mastering Spey – Al Buhr. How to get your Spey casting to the next level. Learn the subtle moves that make leaps in casting performance. Students should have the ability to Spey cast.  Equipment: Spey outfit (a rod/line can be provided with advance notice, contact the FFF office).
Thursday: 8 a.m. to noon • Level: Intermediate/advanced
Class Limit: 5 • Member Fee: $70


37. Weaving Hair Hackle: Tying Pott Hair Flies – Frank Johnson. Learn to weave the hair hackle used on the famous Pott flies such as the Sandy Mite and Lady Mite. The instructor will use the simple loom and weaving techniques that Franz Pott kept secret for so many years. Fun and simple! If you can tie your shoes, you can weave hair hackle. Instructor will provide all materials. Equipment: Tying tools, black 6/0 thread.
Thursday: 8 a.m. to noon • Level: Intermediate
Class Limit: 8 • Member Fee: $50
Material Fee: $10

38. Fly Tying Tips and Tricks: 50 Years Under the Influence of a Vise – Michael T. Williams. This class is designed for beginning to intermediate flytiers who want to make quantum leaps in skill development. This is a total hands-on experience. Instructor demonstrates skill and then offers individual coaching to each student. Filled with high energy, enthusiasm and plenty of encouragement, this is a great class! All materials and hooks provided. Equipment: Vise, bobbin, thread, hair stacker, scissors.
Thursday: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Level: Beginner/intermediate
Class Limit: 7 • Member Fee: $25
Material Fee: $5

39. Fly Tying 101 – Sherry Steele. In this hands-on class, you will learn the basics of fly tying or enjoy it as a refresher course. Instructor will cover tying tools plus materials and how to choose them. Tie several different flies for fishing Western lakes and rivers. Learn how to figure out how to tie your favorite flies and discover your tying creativity. Step-by-step instruction handouts included. Each student will receive a packet of tying materials. Equipment: All tools will be provided or students may bring their own tools if they wish.
Thursday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. • Level: Beginner/intermediate
Class Limit: 12 • Member Fee: $30

Tying & Other

40. Creating Fly Displays – Gil Nyerges. The morning part of the class will be devoted to tying several patterns in preparation for displaying them using the special hooks student will create. The afternoon session will be used for the actual mounting of the flies tied in the morning. Instructions will be provided for completing the full 24-fly display as students complete their choice of flies to display. Students should have some tying experience. Matt display boards will be furnished, and a supply of special hooks will be on hand, as well as instructions regarding what kind of frame should be sought for their final step. Equipment: Basic tying tools (tools can be provided upon request).
Thursday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. • Level: All
Class Limit: 12 • Member Fee: $60

On Water

41. Fishing Wet Flies and Flymphs for Trout – Bud Frasca. This workshop will focus on the beautiful westslope cutthroat trout. Learn the art of fishing both wet flies and flymphs (soft hackles) for these native fish while enjoying crystal clear water and beautiful scenery. Equipment: Waders; rod and reel; sunglasses; hat.
Thursday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. • Level: Intermediate
Class Limit: 6 • Member Fee: $90


42. How to Be a Better Demonstration Tier – Jim Ferguson. This workshop is designed to help tiers be more effective teachers while demonstrating at expos, events and conclaves. Topics include suggestions on helping you communicate more effectively in verbal and non-verbal ways.
Thursday: 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. • Level: All
Class Limit: 30 • Member Fee: Free

43. Fishing Lines Explained – Lee Davison. Ever want to know the difference between a Spey line and a single hand one but been afraid to ask? How about double tapers, Scandi-heads, shooting, sinking, floating, extreme distance and everything in between? Lee Davison, master casting instructor and two-handed casting instructor, will explain the differences in single-hand lines and Spey lines and their applications. Bring your questions! All questions asked in the classroom will stay in the classroom. This information was requested by many of you at previous fairs. Equipment: None.
Thursday: 8 a.m. to noon • Level: All
Class Limit: 20 • Member Fee: $35

44. Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing – Carole Katz, Pat Damico, David Folkerts, Tamar P. Martin-Franklin, Warren Phillips. How to start a PHWFF program. Instructional strategies that address the needs of veterans with disabilities when casting, tying, rod building and fly fishing. With more than 125 programs in 43 states, Project Healing Waters is by far the largest organization teaching all aspects of fly fishing to disabled veterans and active duty personnel. Disabled veterans will be participating in the workshop.
Thursday: 8 a.m. to noon • Level: All
Class Limit: 30 • Member Fee: Free

45. 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.
Thursday: 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
46. Fly Tying Instructor’s Workshop – Jim Ferguson. The fly tying instructors workshop is designed for people wanting to organize a fly tying workshop for the first time or for those wanting to improve what they have done in the past. Resources will be discussed and shared to help in designing and implementing a fly tying workshop.
Thursday: 9:30 to noon • Level: All
Class Limit: 30 • Member Fee: Free
47. Simple Knots for Fly Fishers and Fly Fishing – Harley Reno. Attendees will experience tying many common and lesser-known knots used in fishing. Moreover, they will be shown when, where and how to use each knot and various combinations thereof. Equipment: Fingernail clippers.
Thursday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. • Level: All
Class Limit: 15 • Member Fee: $30
48. Spokane’s Urban Redband Trout: Challenges and Opportunities – Bart Mihailovich, Rick Eichstaedt, Doug Pineo. This two-hour workshop will take place at one urban Redband trout fishing stretch (or two depending on time) on the Lower Spokane River. Local shoreline conservation and fish habitat experts will provide an introduction to Spokane’s native redband trout and discuss challenges facing them due to shoreline and other habitat issues. They will also discuss the importance of this wonderful species and opportunities that exist within this fabulous urban trout fishery. This workshop will be a fun mix of angling knowledge and opportunities with ecological and conservation information. Participants will learn about the trout fishery, local species and important issues such as shoreline management, hydraulics code and the Clean Water Act.
Thursday: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. • Level: All
Class Limit: 20 • Member Fee: $25
49. An Introduction to Genealogy – Juanita McBride, Barbara Brazington, Dolly Webb. Eastern Washington Genealogical Society volunteers will help attendees get started discovering their ancestry using basic research combined with some of the more popular Internet sites. Bring names, dates and location (or as much as possible) for limited individual research assistance. Equipment: None.
Thursday: 10 a.m. to noon • Level: All
Class Limit: 20 • Member Fee: $20
50. Wine Tour of Spokane – Chet Allison, Jo Ann Allison. Visit several wineries in the Spokane area with a luncheon at the Knipprath Cellars. First stop Robert Karl Cellars, ( from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Second stop is Knipprath Cellars, ( from noon to 1 p.m., and the planned luncheon will take place here from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Our next stop will be Arbor Crest Wine Cellars ( from 2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m. From 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. visit Barrister Winery (, and the last stop will be Whitestone Vineyard & Winery ( from 4:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. Each winery is unique so go to their websites to see what an adventure this day will bring! Equipment: Comfortable clothing and shoes. Be prepared to pay a tasting fee; in most cases, it would be credited toward the purchase of a bottle of wine. Chet will be your chauffeur as he will not be tasting the wine!
Thursday: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. • Level: All (21 and up)
Class Limit: 10 • Member Fee: $30
Material Fee: $25
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