Jim Roberts, our November
2002 speaker, will
be talking about "The Strike Zone, Modern Nymphing Tactics"
Roberts defines the strike zone as a narrow slot where the fish can get the most amount of food with the least amount of effort.
His presentation covers why it is so important to keep the flies in the strike zone and techniques for maximizing the amount of time the fly is in this area.
Roberts was baptized into fishing on Hot Creek and the Owens River in the Eastern
Sierras. He rapidly found his calling and spent most of his free
time chasing trout. After college and a brief stint as a teacher, Roberts decided to make fishing a career. Partnering and running companies in
retail (Buck A Bug), wholesale (Innovative Anglers), and guiding (Trout Guys),
he has accumulated a wealth of information that helps him introduce ideas to others willing to listen and watch.
Roberts says he has developed a system of fly
fishing more closely related to hunting. He tries to maximize the amount of time casting to fish rather than
prospecting. His passion has evolved over the years, but still remains
high as he continues to log over 150 days a year on the water. From 60 pound tuna to 6 inch bluegill,
he says his grin is still that of a 6 year old with his first bike.
Milt Jensen, our October 9, 2002 speaker,
arrived with his parents in the Lake Almanor area in 1942, at the ripe old
age of four, and caught his first trout on a fly at the age of eight. He
spent his formative years fishing the area, alternating between fly and
Jenson first became dedicated to still water
fly-fishing during the seventies. Jenson says his uncle fly fished
exclusively in Lake Almanor before passing away in the early fifties.
“His successes must have remained in my subconscious and probably swayed
me to prefer lake fly-fishing,” says Jenson.
After a four year stint in the service, Jenson worked
in the lumber industry. When
he saw the decline in the industry
begining in 1982, Jenson began
guiding part time on weekends and went to fulltime guiding and commercial
fly tying when the logging
company he was working for
closed it's doors for the last
time in 1984.
Jenson has had a working business relationship with
THE FLY SHOP of Redding, CA
and several other fly shops in the region.
He also works with owners of private waters in northern California,
opening Five Dot Reservoir in 1996.
Jenson has been featured in several outdoor
publications, including WESTERN OUTDOORS, FLYFISHING magazine,
FLYFISHERMAN, FLYTYER, and the late
Michael Fong’s INSIDE ANGLER news letter.
Jenson now guides Lake Almanor almost
exclusively with an occasional group outing to Five Dot Reservoir, in
addition to tying commercially.
Bill Sunderland, our September 2002
speaker, is a life-long journalist, writer and fly
fisher, whose father, a classical musician, was an avid fly-line angler.
So he learned from his father? Nope.
"My dad never
showed me how to fish. I had to wait until he quit fishing for the day,
then I'd sneak in and grab his rod. In reality, I taught myself how to
fly fish. And, with a few breaks, I've been at it ever
as a journalist and foreign correspondent for United Press International
and the New York Daily News, before moving to Ketchum, Idaho, where he
bought a weekly paper. When that didn't work out he joined the San Jose
"When I came
to California in the late 1970s there really were no good books on where
to fish here," he says. "So when I finally got some time a
decade later, I teamed up with Dale Lackey, a close friend who was a
steelhead guide, to write California Blue Ribbon Trout Streams. It still
is doing great and is now in its third edition."
book was Fly Fishing the Sierra Nevada, which came out three years ago.
Sunderland's last book, which hit the bookshelves a little over a
year ago, is Fly Fishing California Stillwaters.
published this one myself so I could control the layout, photographs and
reproduction," he says. "Rick Martin, an excellent
photographer, took the photos and we really put some work into this
book. I think it shows -- Fly Fishing California Stillwaters can sit on
a coffee table as well as in your fishing car."
Sunderland lives in Shelter Cove on California's Lost Coast, an isolated
area south of Eureka. He has fished all over the world, in Russia, Costa
Rica, Argentina, Peru, Midway Island and Ecuador, to name a few places.
"I'll fish for just about anything anywhere," he says.
"From tiny trout in the Sierra to tarpon and sailfish off Costa Rica
-- it's all fun!"
Will Trefry, our August 7, 2002 speaker,
has been a resident of the Pasadena area for the past thirty years,
following formative years growing up in Los Angeles.
He has fished extensively in the Eastern Sierra, on various
waters throughout the state, and regularly on the West Fork of the San
Gabriel River. Will has
been a member of the Pasadena Casting Club since 1973, and has been on
the Board of Directors since that time, serving as President, on several
committees, and as the editor of the club newsletter, The Fish Tales
for twenty-five years. Will
also designed and continues to teach the fly casting and fly fishing
class, which began in 1974 and is conducted on three Saturdays in March.
In 1999 Will joined the Board of Governors of California Trout,
a conservation organization dedicated to enhancing and preserving
California’s wild trout fisheries.
Will has been a life-long advocate of conservation matters and
feels that CalTrout is an excellent organization to pursue this
commitment. Will now serves
as CalTrout’s Secretary and sits on the Governance and Executive
Will’s presentation will provide an update of the recent
conservation projects being conducted by CalTrout, particularly those
that are of interest to Southern California anglers.
July 10, 2002 meeting is our inaugural members presentation program. Each year,
one meeting will be set aside for short presentations given by several
members of the Conejo Valley Fly Fishers.
all-star lineup features a slide show by Don Honus and Bob
Kieling, aka Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, on Montana and
Yellowstone. They may or may not divulge the location of the Hole in the
Martin will be speaking about Colorado waters, specifically the
Frying Pan, Roaring Fork and Colorado Rivers with a few moments on
Sopris Creek, his private little fishing heaven.
but not least, Wayne Caywood will present “Adventures of a
Party Boat Skipper.” This may be the most hilarious 20 minutes you
have ever heard at a CVFF meeting.
Toy will graciously tie his “Toy Hopper” and his CDC midge. Both
are “fabulous” producers on Hot Creek, according to program
chairman, Larry Garfinkel.
How do you decide which fly to use first when
fishing your favorite trout stream or a stream you’ve never fished
before? The slide show
given by Jan Kurahara June 12, 2002 will provide a
systematic method for determining the right trout fly for any situation
you are likely to encounter on a trout stream - during a hatch, before a
hatch, or when there are no hatches.
is a dedicated fly fisherman who has fished extensively throughout the
West, and there is no place Jan would rather be found than fishing
either nymphs or dries to some fussy spring creek trout.
While an attorney by profession, Jan continues his avocation as a
fly fishing instructor and licensed guide.
is a FFF certified master fly casting instructor and, along with his
wife Carole, teaches fly casting and fishing classes for Sage Rod
Company. He is also the
principal instructor for the Master Angler class, a 5-day advanced fly
fishing class held at Clearwater House on Hat Creek in California.
Jan has instructed beginning to advanced fly tying classes for
fly fishing clubs and fly shops in California and has demonstrated fly
tying internationally. He's also a member of Conejo Valley Fly
Dan Edwards (front) guiding Tom Greenup to a nice
We are very pleased to have
Dan Edwards as our April 2002 speaker.
Dan was, for several years, the flyfishing consultant for
Abercombie & Fitch. He is the former president of the Houston Flyfishers
and is the Senior Instructor for Fenwick's customized flyfishing schools.
He is a field staff representative for several companies
and is active in the Montgomery County Flyrodders of Conroe, Texas.
Experienced in tying flies
professionally ("Several of my patterns are known as 'winners'") Dan has
just caught a World Record Walleye at 8 lbs. and 30.5" long with a flyrod
on 8 lb. tippet!
Business end of a muskie.
our March speaker has been an avid fly fisherman for the
past 25 years. He has fly fished throughout the continental United States,
Alaska, Mexico, Chile and in Europe for a variety of game fish species with
a special emphasis on trout.
As a fly fisherman Ed is especially interested in small
fly tactics and techniques. His small fly-fishing research has taken him to
a many of the West's famous tail waters and to spring creeks across the
country. He is also dedicated to fly fishing small streams and high country
lakes for wild trout.
Ed lives west of Colorado Springs, Colorado within 40
of the South Platte River, one of Colorado’s premier tail waters, where he
guides and instructs fly fishers.
He’s the Southwest Field Editor for FLY FISHERMAN
MAGAZINE, Small Flies Columnist for FLY TYER MAGAZINE, Bamboo Rod Columnist
for ANGLER’S JOURNAL, and an Outdoor Writer for the BOULDER DAILY CAMERA.
Ed’s articles and photographs have appeared in: Fly
Fisherman Magazine, Fly Rod & Reel, American Angler,
Trout, Warmwater Fly Fishing, Fly Tyer, Saltwater Fly
Fishing, Angler’s Journal, Sports Afield, Fly Fishing
Magazine, and Gray's Journal.
His book, FLY FISHING THE TAILWATERS is a how-to
book about fly fishing for trout in the regulated waters that occur below
dams (Stackpole, 1991
Feb 13, 2002 Kathy & Scott Sparrow
Flyfishing Texas Gulf
Capt. Scott Sparrow guides fly fishers only, and
specializes in sight casting in less than a foot of water from kayaks or
his poled skiff. Operating out of Kingfisher Inn in Arroyo City, he has
quick access to the shallowest, clearest areas of the lower Laguna Madre.
He and his wife Kathy own and operate Kingfisher Inn and Guide Service,
and offer full service fishing/lodging/meals packages for fly fishers in
search of redfish, speckled trout, and tarpon.
A practicing psychotherapist and
writer, Scott grew up fishing the lower Laguna Madre, and in his adult
years fly fished extensively in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and
in the Catskills of New York. Now that he's returned to his home waters,
he believes that the skills acquired in the most demanding dry fly
conditions readily translate to the stealthy, meditative approach required
of the successful Laguna Madre fisherman.
Scott's wife Kathy is a writer,
flyfisher (and avid bird watcher), too, and enjoys hosting clients who
enjoy the sport
Kingfisher Inn & Guide Service
January 9, 2001 Mike Kaul, Windriver Wyoming
Mike Kaul is from
Pinedale, Wyoming located at the foot of the Wind River Mountains and the
Bridger Wilderness. This area produces the headwaters of a multitude of
outstanding trout streams to include the renowned Green and New Fork
Mike has taken every
opportunity in the past 48 years to chase these wiley trout with a fly rod.
Starting under the tutelage of his grandfather at age 8,
Mike studied and practiced the fly fishing craft with great zeal. He
has introduced fly fishing to many individuals of all ages and backgrounds
over the years and enjoys working with beginners who want to learn the art
of fly casting and fly fishing.
Mike is a Federation of
Fly Fishers Certified Flycasting Instructor.
While guests are always welcome, there is a $10 donation for
non-members who have attended more than one meeting.