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Fly Tying Expo is at Turtle Bay this weekend

04/06/15 -- Over 50 fly tying aficionados from Northern California, Oregon and Nevada will be featured at the 4th Annual Northern California Fly Typing Expo to be held at Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding this weekend, April 11th and 12th.

Jerry Marks, Shasta-Trinity Fly Fishers fly tying expo flyer
Jerry Marks at work photo by Carol Smith

This event, which has proved to be popular with anglers of all ages and experience, evolved from an exhibit on the history of fly fishing, which was first held in 2012 at Turtle Bay. The event was conceived in partnership with the Shasta Trinity Fly Fishers, the Northern California Council - International Federation of Fly Fishers (NCCIFFF) and the International Federation of Fly Fishers.

Jerry Marks fly, Photo by Carol Marks

«Jerry Marks fly, Photo by Carol Smith

This year, fly tying sessions will be on Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

There will also be special exhibits, programs and hands-on activities including fly tying and casting.

Poster type photos of last year’s tyers can be viewed here. Click on a photo to open a very large, downloadable version suitable for printing to 8.5 X 11 inches.

Youth activities (see below) have been expanded this year to include a scavenger hunt with prizes. Hands-on activities will be featured all day long on in Zubie's classroom.

Turtle Bay Exploration Park will be offering a $4 admission discount to Expo attendees.

The Fly Shop, an event sponsor, will also be offering a onetime discount coupon to STFF members and Fly Tying Expo attendees and participants.

Expo Programs & Presentations
Saturday, April 11

  • 10:30 a.m. – Fish Feeding, Visible River Exhibit (22,000 gallon aquarium)
  • 11:00 a.m. – Casting presentation, outside near the south end of the Sundial Bridge
  • 11:30 a.m. – Creature Feature, live animals from Turtle Bay Exploration Park
  • 1:30 p.m. – Mike Mercer presenting the story of bugs in Northern California lakes, streams and rivers.
  • 2:45 p.m. – Diving for Answers, a diver in the Visible River Exhibit answering your questions

Sunday, April 12

  • 10:30 a.m. – Fish Feeding, Visible River Exhibit (22,000 gallon aquarium)
  • 11:00 a.m. – Casting presentation, outside near the south end of the Sundial Bridge
  • 11:30 a.m. – Creature Feature, live animals from Turtle Bay Exploration Park
  • 2:45 p.m. – The Sacramento River and It’s Fish, Interpreter sharing information and answering your questions in the Visible River Exhibit

Special Exhibits

  • Western Shasta Resource Conservation District Working Projects
  • Bugs of the Underworld video presentation
  • Shasta Dam and the Sundial Bridge, Engineering Marvels and our Human Connection

Daily Schedule, all day, each day

  • 50 fly tyers will be demonstrating the art of fly tying. Come watch and ask questions of the tyers and find out; when, where and how they use these imitations to catch fish around the world.
  • Hands On – Tie your very own fly using the equipment and materials the demonstration tyers are using.
  • Hands-on – Cast a fly rod with help from demonstration casters.
  • Youth hands-on activities will be featured all day long on Saturday and Sunday in Zubie's classroom (Schedule TBD)
  • Youth Scavenger Hunt - Each day kids will be able to participate in a scavenger-type hunt and win a prize.The grand prize is a fly tying kit from the Fly Shop.

List of Fly Tyers
Fly tyers who will be exhibiting their skills include Jim Berdan, Keith Burkhart, Rick Campbell, Wayne Chubb, Rodney Cloutier, Walt Cole, Charlie Costner, Jerry Criss, Norm Domagala, James Fenner, Jim Ferguson, Morris Fruitman, Ralph Glazier, Jan Hale, Cathy Hamilton, Dave Hamilton, Bud Heintz, Scott Hoff, Jess Hoopes, Ken Howden, Victor Inouye and Mark Kaharick.

Other tyers expected to be on hand includes Benson Kanemoto, Dave Kruss, Larry Lack, Bill Lapaze, Bill Lenheim, Guy Manning, Jerry Marks, Richard Martin, Ken Martinez, Ed Morphis, Jim Murphy, Chip O’Brien, Tim Paxton, Roy Powell, Dave Roberts, Charles Schillinsky, Wayne Syn, Don Wieseman, Paul Wolflick, Dorothy Zinky and more.

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