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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Ladies Clinic on the Lower Yuba River

The Gold Country Fly Fishers club has recently formed a ladies group that has been spearheaded by Anna Lee Lantz. She organized a ladies fly fishing clinic on the Lower Yuba River for the newly formed group and invited lady fly fishers from the Granite Bay Flycasters.

It was a gorgeous day on the river with the sun finally out in full force. The group met at 9:00 at the Hammon Grove County Park right on the Lower Yuba River. We all introduced each other and shared background information. There was a diverse level of experience of the ladies from beginners to many years experience. With the river running at over 7000 cfs we spent the 1st 3 hours doing tabletop clinics. We spread out with each guide taking about 2 to 4 ladies. It was our goal to review the knots that every one uses every day on the river, how to rigg your rods for dry fly and nymphing and to review each persons personal gear.

Keith Scott of West Slope Drifters worked with some of the more advanced ladies and reviewed their gear, showed them how to rigg for nymphing and dries and reviewed the common knots used everyday on the river.

Here's Tom Page of Foothill Fly Fishing Expeditions showing Anna Lee the intricacies of knot tying.

Frank Rinella of Sierra Guide Service worked with the lady beginners and introduced then to the world of flyfishing, the bugs, the flies, knots and the basics.

Here I'm showing the ladies the basic knots, the blood knot, the surgeons knot, the clinch knit, the improved clinch knot and the non-slip mono loop knot. These are the knots every fly fisher needs to have up their sleeve.

In the afternoon after a wonderfull lunch provided by the ladies, Tom Page and Keith Scott took some of the ladies down to the river to work on their presentation techniques and try their luck at fishing. Frank continued to work on the basics with the beginners and I worked on basic casting on the lawn.

I know that the time was well spent and I encourage the group to continue their quest and become life long fly fishers.

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