Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Fly Fishing Rendezvous Sat April 18th!

For the 3rd year now our west side location's assistant manager, and fly fishing guru, Craig Amacker has organized an EXCELLENT day of events and seminars to celebrate the sport of fly fishing. Here's the rundown:

The event takes place on Saturday April 18th, at Fontana's west side store, (7948 Tree Lane, Madison) lasts from 10 am to 6 pm, and is FREE.


10 - 11: Dane County Trout Stream Easements
Presenter: Topf Wells

11 - Noon: Fly fishing Wisconsin spring creeks
Presenter: Jim Bartelt

Noon - 1:30: Fly casting for Wisconsin spring creeks instruction
Presenter Jim Bartelt

1:30 - 2:30: Trout fishing Bernie, British Columbia
Presenter: Bob Harrison

2:30 - 3:30: Fly Casting Challenge! Distance and accuracy on 4 targets. Prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.

3:30 - 4:30: Invasive species presentation. How to identify, prevent the spread, and keep them off your wading gear.
Presenter: Laura Breckenridge of the Wisconsin River Alliance

4:30 - 6: Happy hour featuring Redwood Creek wine, appetizers, and a showing of "Red Gold." A documentary on the Bristol Bay pebble mine.

In addition Tom Anderson, sales rep for Sage, Simms, and Rio will be on hand all day to answer questions and show the latest and greatest in gear. He'll also have the casting analyzer on hand to show us all how we can improve out casts.

The Wisconsin Chapter of Trout Unlimited will have an informational booth set up. Anyone who makes a donation of $25 or more to TUDARE (Trout Unlimited Driftless Area Restoration Effort) will receive a free Patagonia Trout Unlimited shirt.

We are excited to have several other non-profit organizations join us for the event. These groups will have informational booths set up: Federation of Fly Fishers, Wisconsin River Alliance, Dane County Parks, DNR Fisheries, and Dane County Natural Heritage Land Trust.

If you have any questions contact Craig at (608) 833-9191 or camacker@fontanasports.com. And oh yeah...if you're new to the sport, some advise...don't refer to your "fishing pole" or "bait" in front of Craig!

Cheers! Hope to see you all there!

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