The Washington State Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers Board and fair committee will hold a variety of tying, casting and learning events on May 3 and May 4 at the Kittitas Valley Event Center in Ellensburg.
Free seminars may include: fishing the upper Columbia, steelhead fishing in Washington or bass fishing in the area. Along with the free seminars, there will be workshops on casting — from beginning to expert — including classes designed for women.
A Federation of Fly Fishers nine-hole casting course will be available for competition and learning at no cost. Participants can measure their skills and find out where their cast needs more work. Tasks of the course include, “The Multiple C”, “The Obstacle”, “Reach Right & Left”, “Pile it Up”, “Fly First’’, “Tighten Up”, “Get it Under”, “ The Non-Stop” and “What’s Comfortable”. The nine-hole course is available to everyone, regardless of experience. Each hole presents a different real fishing situation to learn more about fly casting. Participants will learn valuable new ideas about how to cast for fun or fishing.
Participants are welcome to bring their own equipment, although equipment and instructors are available along the course.
Private lessons with a Certified Casting Instructor are also available for a fee. These men and women know their casting and will work with you.
Around 100 tiers will be tying flies on Saturday and Sunday. The techniques and tips will be available to anyone who’s interested. Some tiers are even as young as 13 years old. These tiers will show how to tie their patterns with tips available.
Every type and style of fly will be tied and participants will be able to watch how the experienced tiers do it.
There will also be vendors available with tying materials, rods, reels, lines and a full spectrum of items needed for fly fishing that will be available to try out and purchase.
The fair run on May 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and conclude on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. FFF members and youth under 16 get in for free. The cost for nonmembers is $5.