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DFF turns out in force for Stockton Steelhead Festival

Additional Photos on the club's Photo Gallery page

by Jerry Neuburger

Bob and Jean Fujimura's great new booth back wall is simple but makes a nice display.
October 7, 2012 -Stockton, CA -- Members of the Delta Fly Fishers manned three booths and the casting demonstration area at the one day Stockton Steelhead Festival held on Sunday at U.O.P. The club joined numerous organizations including the NCCFFF, Restore the Delta, Trout Unlimited, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and at least 15 other groups in promoting the restoration of the Calaveras River and the return of salmon and steelhead to its waters.

It turned out to be a tough weekend for festivals with numerous venues going on in San Francisco, the Lodi Street Faire, the 49'ers playing a 1:30pm game and various other regional events. Even so, the booths had a constant string of visitors and thankfully, lots of young people, the anglers and conservationists of tomorrow.

Earl Summers, John and Karen Keagy and Herman Spalinger helped set up the booths in the morning before the festival started. Bob and Jean Fujimura built a very attractive visual background for one of the booths including photos and a display of the Delta Challenge Certificate. They manned the booth for the whole day and even signed up a new member, Bill Aaron who promised to come to this Wednesday's potluck.

Jim Rich explaining the basics of casting a fly rod to a group of potential fly fishers.
Jim Rich, Larry Schmidt and Rick Greene manned the casting demonstration booth and took on all comers from little kids to seniors, giving basic lessons in fly flinging. Herman Spalinger displayed some of his beautiful wood carving and boxes of flies for various fisheries. Joe Balderston, Leo Gutterres, Al Smatsky and Bob Souza tied flies and chatted with interested members of the public.

Bill Laughlin organized a special drawing with a reel as a prize for the members who showed up to help. The winner had to be present to win and the prize was won by Ron Forbes, who was the head honcho for the entire event, a fitting prize for his efforts.

Bruce and Sallye Rollans shared a booth with Herman and showed photos of their latest adventure on the lower Sac; photos that absolutely glowed with the bright rainbow colors of the fish.

President Marty Kjelson, Charlie Reames, Dan McDaniel, Loyal Hall and Al Tschantz-Hahn Jr. circulated among the visitors and extolled the benefits of joining our club and yours truly, showed up towards the end of the festival to take a few pictures.

Although most of the people manning the booths had hoped for a few more people, those attending were engaged and asking questions, perhaps something that might not have happened with larger crowds. This was the second annual running of this event. Hopefully, the organizers will continue their efforts until the Calaveras is flowing to the delta, clean and strong with returning schools of salmon and steelhead. If that comes to pass, the efforts by all those involved will have been well worth it.

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