Northwest Fly Casting Expo – 2004
Saturday, September 25, 2004 – Tolt-McDonald Park, Carnation, Washington
by Len Zickler, Director of Education
Washington State Council – Federation of Fly Fishers
The Washington Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers is exploring a new direction for the Northwest Fly Casting Expo in 2004. The EXPO this year will emphasize education and outreach to the general public. MARK YOUR CALENDARS! - The EXPO is scheduled for Saturday, September 25th at Tolt-McDonald Park in Carnation, Washington.
The event will be modeled after the very successful Casting for Recovery program held each spring. The 2004 NWFCE will offer a series of casting and fly fishing classes for beginner to advanced fly fishers. In addition to beginning casting clinics, classes will be offered in advanced presentation, the two handed rod, the salt water flats, casting for greater distance and more!!!!!! All classes will be taught by FFF master or certified instructors and a clinic will be offered for those interested in the FFF certification process.
A youth program will be incorporated in the days activities to encourage young casters and provide a fun introduction to fly fishing and casting. Master fly tyers will demonstrate their skills and rod manufacturers will be on hand to share the latest the fly fishing equipment.
As in past years, a competitive casting event will provide participants the opportunity to show off their casting abilities. The competitive event will include distance, accuracy and skill components with a new “Danish” fly casting skill component. This should be a great experience and continue the “casting trophy” tradition! We look forward to your club sending a casting team – as many teams of four competitors as you chose!
Registration fees are $25 for adults and $10 for youth (entrance fee, demonstrations, competition, games and lunch). The individual casting or fishing classes will be offered at $25 a class. An optional casting certification clinic will be offered at a fee of $25 to aspiring casting instructors.
The program details may be viewed on the WSCFFF website (washingtoncouncilfff.org), or at your local fly shop. We are looking for volunteers, particularly for publicity. If you are interested in the event, have suggestions for clinic topics, or want to volunteer please contact Dick Raisler (360-466-5797) or Len Zickler (253-380-1168) for more information.