Jim Edmondson - Conservation Director CalTrout
They probably don't know it , but Jim Edmondson is the trout's best
friend in California.
For the past 15 years, Jim Edmondson has been an active conservationist
in California. Beginning in 1983, Jim worked as the lead volunteer for the
program to restore Los Angeles County’s wild trout streams. He later
joined California Trout where he has held a variety of positions including
Executive Director and his current role as Conservation Director.
As Conservation Director, Jim oversees CalTrout’s conservation
programs in five priority areas: Grazing, Wild Trout, Steelhead, FERC and
Public Trust. Jim is personally responsible for Hydropower reform and
Public Trust issues. He is a powerful advocate for the protection of wild
trout and native steelhead and a tough negotiator who takes an active role
in litigation and policy development. Under Jim’s leadership CalTrout
has restored water to Mono Lake, reformed livestock grazing policy
throughout the Eastern Sierra, changed water law, seen the steelhead
listed under the Endangered Species Act and helped create the Department
of Fish & Game’s Wild Trout Program, the first trout biodiversity
management program in America’s history.
Jim is a native of California and lives in Ventura. He has been
featured on national television (CNN & CBS), local television and
radio, and dozens of conferences as a keynote speaker. He travels the
state representing CalTrout as a guest lecturer at colleges and
universities. Jim has received awards from the American Fisheries Society,
Environmental Federation of California, California Trout, Federation of
Fly Fishers and others for his outstanding conservation efforts.
Jim Teeny (July 2000 speaker) was born in Portland, Oregon in 1945. He began
fly fishing at the age of 12 and originated the Teeny Nymph Fly Pattern in May
of 1962. The Teeny Nymph Company was started in July 1971. Jim currently lives
and operates his business in Gresham, Oregon.
Jim has ten IGFA Fly Rod World Records to his credit and has done programs
for “The Fishing Hole” with Jerry McKinnis, Fly Fishing the West with Larry
Schoenborn, and his television series “Fly Fishing with Jim Teeny” ran six
years in Tacoma, Washington.
In 1983 he designed the the revolutionary T-Series sink tip fly line. This
one piece shooting head/running line has changed the way many people fish for
steelhead, salmon, and other big game fish. In 1988 Jim’s steelhead video
titled Catching More Steelhead produced by Scientific Anglers won the best “How
To” fishing video for the nation and received the Teddy Roosevelt Award.
In 1998, the Teeny Nymph Company changed its name to Jim Teeny Inc. You will
still be able to find them at www.teeny-nymph.com
or their new domain name, www.jimteeny.com
Our speaker for June 2000 was Bill Matthews, who operates Fly
Time Guide Service out of Redondo Beach, CA. Captain Bill specializes in fly
fishing local salt water such as Catalina Island for Bonita, Calico Bass, Sand
Bass, White Seabass, Barracuda, Yellowfin, Croaker, Halibut, as well as
Yellowtail, all on 7-10 weight fly rods.
Bill says “I started fly fishing when I was 8 and then during college I
quit - but started back about 15 years ago. I have fished many places
across the country as well as the Bahamas, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Mexico and
During my travels I learned a lot about this wonderful sport and I'm still
fascinated with it! I also saw things that some guides did great and saw things
that I thought could be better.
I started guiding by accident when a local guide started to have some
problems and I was asked to cover his phone. The rest is history as they say. I
received my Capt. License and Guide’s License and I try to run a top-notch
operation. I've been guiding the local waters for 5 years.
I've fished with many wonderful people on my boat such as Dave Whitlock, Nick
Curcione, Ken Hanley and others. My goal is to have the clients have fun. My
boat is set up for fly-fishing and has GPS, fish sounder, dual VHF radios and
cell phone on board.
I have many clients that travel and they enjoy the fact that they can walk on
board and have everything they need on the boat! It saves them the hassle of
always packing their gear. For me it's about having a good time, learning a
little and spending a day on the water. I get as excited about catching the fish
as the clients do! It’s also about seeing the ocean in our back yard;
dolphins, whales and many other creatures are out there and sometimes get over
Last year a client from Boston was so amazed by some gray whales that we
spent almost 3 hours just following them and taking pictures.”
Captain Bill can be contacted at 310-540-3539
A.K. Best: Matching the Naturals
A.K. Best was born and educated in Iowa. His varied career has included a two
year stint in Japan as a musician with the 56th Army Band, working as a Symphony
Orchestra Conductor, tying commercially for the Orvis Company, and as an author
of fly fishing books.
His book Production Fly Tying was the United Fly Tyers Book of the
Year in 1989. He has a new book out, Dying and Bleaching.
He lives in Boulder, Colorado now, and has fished for Tarpon, Bone Fish,
Stripped Bass, Blue Fish, Pike, Bass, Bluegills, Crappie, Steelhead, Salmon, and
A.K. is known as the originator of a series of quill body dry flies
including: Olive Quill Dun, Olive Quill Parachute, Tricho Quill Parachute, and
Tom Loe is 40 years old and is married to his high school sweetheart Michele.
They have two golden retrievers to round off their family. Conejo Valley locals,
both grew up in Thousand Oaks and graduated from Thousand Oaks High School in
1977. Tom fished Lakes Westlake and Sherwood as a boy. Tom’s mother currently
lives in Thousand Oaks and his dad in Moorpark.
Tom has been an owner/operator of commercial fishing vessels for the last 20
years. During this period of time he primarily fished the Pacific Ocean,
harpooning swordfish. He spent some time in the Atlantic Ocean chasing Broadbill
Swordfish , and giant Bluefin. Tom is a United States Coast Guard licensed
captain as well as fishing guide.
Over the last decade Tom and Michelle have spent the majority of their shore
time in the Eastern Sierra in the Bishop/Mammoth Lakes area. They both grew up
vacationing and recreating in this area and had dreams of living their and
starting a guide service for fishing and hunting.
After some strange twists of fate, (and weather… Tom survived the “Perfect
Storm”) some good, some bad, they relocated in their present house on
McGee Creek, overlooking Crowley Lake.
Trout fishing has been Tom’s passion since he was very young. He says “It
has been an almost maniacal fashion in which I have attempted to discover novel
and better ways to fool these beautiful critters”. He experimented with
fishing the Lower Owens River in a drift boat, and Crowley Lake from a flats
boat, and the result was his “Sierra Drifters Guide Service”. Tom and
Michelle started Sierra Drifters in December of 1998, and as of November 1999
have assisted over 500 people in fishing and hunting the Eastern Sierra.
Tom provides his monthly “Eastern
Sierra Report” to the club. His webpage is at www.sierradrifters.com
He has guided many CVFF club members… for more info phone 760 935 4250
Humphreys is a nationally known fly fisherman, conservationist, author and
educator. He has been a fishing instructor for over 40 years.
His pupils have included former President Jimmy Carter, former Secretary
of Defense Richard Cheney, basketball coaching legend Bobby Knight and many
Humphreys has authored numerous books and articles on the sport of Fly Fishing
including: Trout Tactics Trout
Tactics Revised and On the Trout Stream. In addition to these major and well
respected works, he is a regular contributor to regional and national journals
and periodicals including:: Fly Fishing,
. Outdoor Life Pennsylvania Angler, and the fly fishing column of Flyrod and
Humphreys is also nationally known as one of the foremost educators in angling.
For nineteen years. he directed the angling program at Pennsylvania State
University, providing introduction and foundation to young and old for a
life-long enjoyment of this sport. His students have become the advocacy base
that Our Pennsylvania waters will always require. In addition to his work as a
clinician for Fenwick-Woodstream, Cortland Line Co., and the Allenberry Resort,
he has lectured throughout the United States enhancing the reputation of
Humphreys hosted the first national fly fishing series on US television, "Fly
Fishing Journal which was
cablecast on ESPN. Since then. he has been the featured instructor on three fly
fishing videos -The Fly Fishing Series, A Casting Approach to Nymphing
Tactics"and A Casting Approach to Dryfly Tactics in the Brush.
Humphreys is an accomplished and renowned fly fisherman and conservationist. As
a result of his excellence, dedication and consummate knowledge of the sport, he
was chosen to represent the United States as a member of the US Fly Fishing Team
in the World Championships of 1989. 1990 and 1992. He is a recognized
conservationist, having won the prestigious Thompson Award for saving
Spring Creek. His efforts ensured that this great fishing stream will remain
viable and a significant contributor to Our Pennsylvania fishing
legacy for many generations to come
Michael Fong was born in Sacramento, California in 1939. He is a first
generation Chinese American and has been fishing since he was a young boy first
using a cane pole and then using spin fishing equipment imported from Europe
after world war II. When fishing for largemouth bass become something he
enjoyed, bait-casting equipment was acquired and in the late 50s, Michael
started to fly fish.
After graduating from C. K. McClatchy High School, Michael attended the
California College of Arts & Crafts in Oakland, California, where he met
his wife Christine. A visiting professor named Byron Burford from the
University of Iowa offered Michael a position as his teaching assistant and
the Fongs moved to Iowa for two years. During this time, Michael earned his
Masters of Fine Arts degree in painting and drawing. After returning to the
San Francisco Bay Area and working in the graphic arts trade, Michael wrote
and sold his first angling article to OUTDOOR LIFE magazine with photographs
taken by Christine in 1967. Since that time, Michael's articles illustrated by
Christine's photographs have been published in every national outdoor magazine
that reports on fishing and their writing and photographs have also appeared
in many books. They have fished extensively throughout North America, in
Central America, South America, New Zealand, the Bahamas and in Europe
catching most of the popular game fish from trout to sailfish on the fly. Mike
and Chris can be seen regularly on syndicated TV channels in segments of
CHARLES WEST'S OUTDOOR GAZETTE and on ESPN in CHARLES WEST'S BACKCOUNTRY.
Michael is a contributing editor to FLY FISHERMAN MAGAZINE and was a former
editor of THE FLYFISHER, the magazine of the Federation of Fly Fishers. He is
a Life-Member of the FFF as the result of the Arnold Gringrich Memorial Award.
Presently, Michael and Christine spend most of their time fishing and
producing THE INSIDE ANGLER, a fly
fishing newsletter that reports on the most productive public and private fly
fishing destinations in western North America. This bimonthly publication,
printed in black and white, was begun in January 1992. It recommends guides,
outfitters and lodges catering specifically to anglers and posts prices for
all services. Michael and Chris have been featured speakers with the
International Sportsmen’s Expositions since its inception and speak
professionally to groups across the country on a regular basis. The Fong's
sponsors are FENWICK and UMPQUA FEATHER MERCHANTS. In 1996, Michael and
Christine were presented with the ROSS ALLEN MERIGOLD COMPLETE ANGLER MEMORIAL
AWARD by the Pasadena Casting Club, only the second anglers to have been so