Saturday, May 18, 2013

2013 Fly Fishing Fair

On the well groomed lawn and casting ponds of Waterbrook Winery, we conducted our 5th Annual Fly Fishing Fair.
This year our Pacific Northwest late spring weather was wet prior to the day's activity. Rivers were running too high / fast to be fished with any confidence. This morning was cool and overcast with a threat of rain in the forecast for the day. 
But it just so happened that prior to our gathering for casting instructions, the clouds parted, the sun appeared and the rest of the morning was ours to enjoy.
This year we were glad to have our own Walla² Fly Fishers founding - charter member / master-flycaster Skip Prichard to direct our casting clinic. Also we had Jim Gallagher from Cle Elum, WA the Troutwaters Fly Shop to assist with our fly casting instructions.
Because the essence of fly fishing is participation in the act of fly fishing and fly tying, this author will not try to develope a commentary here but share the action of this day with a fly rod and tying vise, with photos.

With practice on grass, fly casting falls into place

With practice over water, fly casting becomes easier and the dots begin to connect.
A fly fisher's choice - buy flies, or tye flies and connect all the dots when you get to fishing on the fly.

 This year Waterbrook Winery stocked their ponds with TROUT, so
when we put all of the mornings activities together we get into catching fish on the fly.
Yes, this little one caught her first trout on the fly.

And oldsters were catching trout this day.

Today lunch was dutch treat via the kitchen of Waterbrook Winery.
A good day was enjoyed by all, and all trout were released unharmed.

Respectfully submitted,
Dale McKain

Tight lines and good fishing.

Walla² Fly Fishers

Tom Craig – President
Dave Stemmer – Vice President
Doug Coe – Treasurer
Dale McKain – Secretary

Past Presidents

Tyson Kopfer
Bob Long
Scott Peters