Fly fishers set for spring symposium

Fly Fishing Symposium goes from 9am - 5pm on Saturday and 9am - 2pm on Sunday at the Castlegar Rec Centre.

Fly fishers will be as prolific as a July caddisfly hatch on the Columbia River when the doors open at the Castlegar Rec Centre this weekend for the 15th annual Fly Fishing Symposium.

Hosted by the West Kootenay Fly Fishing Club and Castegar Sports Centre and Fly Shop, the symposium offers everything from promoting quality gear and accessories to fly-tying and casting seminars as well as info on guided tours of the Kootenay’s best water.

“We have quite a few new presenters this year,”  said Castlegar Sport Centre and Fly Shop owner Rod Zavaduk.  “Our Fly Fishing Symposium will have fly-casting demonstrations, all kinds of rods and lines, the works.”

Some of the area’s best fly fishers and tyers will be on hand sharing their expertise on fly casting and tying.  Luminaries such as Washington State Fly-tying Hall of Famer, John Newbury of Chewelah, will share his unique and significant creations with fly-tying enthusiasts, and Ruben Breikfest, a Federation of Fly Fishers master fly-casting instructor, will demonstrate the proper technique for throwing string. The pair will join a myriad of local fly-anglers tying flies and offering instruction.

“We have the full 30 or 40 fly tyers from the club and we have Sage and Reddington and Rio all taken care of, we have St. Croix rods coming in, Minkota motors, the Humming Bird fish-finders guy coming, we have a new pontoon boat company (Outcast) coming to show off their stuff, and we’ll have all the other guys.”

Local fly tyers such as Don Freschi, Phil Milburn, Paul Piro, Bruce Kruck, Rollie Hill and many more will share some of there favourite fly imitations for area waters, along with Bill Hanlon and his exquisite hand-made nets, wood fly-boxes, and fly-tying stations.

Well-known guides and St. Mary fly-shop owners Kelly and Karen Laatsch will join Chilly Billy Charters’ Graham Cloutier, and Action Angling’s Kirk and Heidi Daley to offer anglers a variety of destination options.

The popular Kids’ Tying Table will be in full swing to get youngsters involved and interested, raffles and door prize tickets go on sale all weekend, and corporate supporters such as Columbia Power Corp, Interfor, and Teck will have representatives available to answer questions on environmental and remediation concerns.

And for all those aspiring outdoor writers, the editor of Fly Fusion Magazine, Chris Bird, will be there to talk about the business of fly-fishing, photography, and writing.

The Symposium goes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Just Posted

Extensive road repair nears completion in Fruitvale

The scope of work includes new water and sewer service connections as well as road resurfacing

Columbia Basin Trust announces grant for technology upgrades

The deadline for organizations to apply is Dec. 17

Christmas blooms in downtown Trail

The Artisan Craft Co-op recently celebrated its 30th anniversary in downtown Trail

Community invited to check out mining trade show in Trail

Trade show free and open public on Wednesday and Thursday in the Trail Memorial Centre

Grand Forks to receive business recovery funds post-flood

The community will receive two Rural Dividends grants for a total of $655,000.

Police aim to prevent retaliation after Hells Angel found dead under B.C. bridge

IHIT confirms Chad Wilson, 43, was the victim of a ‘targeted’ homicide

Pot users, investors need to be vigilant at Canada-U.S. border

U.S. authorities say anyone who admits to having used pot before it became legal could be barred

Shirtless stranger loomed over couch and started stabbing, bloody B.C. murder trial hears

Colin John pleads not guilty as trial opens in 2016 Chemainus murder case

Late 2019 too long to wait for ridesharing: B.C. Conservatives

“While the rest of the world is embracing this transportation revolution, B.C. is only now staggering slowly toward legislation on a business model that’s been mainstreamed for over a decade in other jurisdictions.”

ICBC warns shoppers of the high-accident season at mall parking lots

Over 150,000 accidents happened during the holiday season last year

No deal in sight: Canada Post warns of delivery delays into January

Union holds fifth week of rotating strikes as both sides remain apart on contract negotiations

COLUMN: Higher interest rates will slow B.C. economy after ‘unusually robust’ show

Jock Finlayson is executive vice president and chief policy officer of the Business Council of BC

Jason Aldean, Old Dominion to headline Merritt’s Rockin’ River concerts next summer

Four-day music festival at Coldwater River from Aug. 1 to 4

Police looking into two more incidents at private Toronto all-boys’ school

Police and the school have said two of the prior incidents involved an alleged sexual assault

Most Read