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Today was a day of loss in our angling community. Our club lost our dear Harvey Hamlow. Harvey was funny, kind and a dear friend to many for over 70 years- plus a great angler and committed member of DFF.
We also received news today that one of our club's favorite and respected guides, Jon Baiocchi passed away unexpectedly on the river. I know many had wonderful adventures with Jon. He made several amazing presentations to the club and he will be missed by the amazing number of people he supported in angling.
Our condolences to both families and friends of Harvey and Jon.
May 7-9: Women's Weekend in Arnold: Dena has volunteered to host a women's weekend in Arnold. We will be heading up Friday afternoon and, if we have time, fishing in nearby streams before going out for dinner. There is also a kitchen available if you would rather eat in. Saturday morning is scheduled for the One Fly contest with Calaveras Fly Fishers at White Pines- just a few minutes from the cabin. Saturday afternoon can be for lounging on the deck or at the house or for local stream and river fishing. Sunday morning is the same- fish or relax and head home. Contact Amy at 209-329-4801 or at email@example.com if you are interested in coming. We have a limit of 6 for lodging. There is no charge for this event but if you are competing in the One Fly Contest, there is a $25 donation for the scholarship fund.
May 8: One Fly Contest: RSVP Needed for the May 8th One Fly Contest
May 3rd is the deadline for sending your RSVP if you are planning to participate in the annual One Fly Contact at White Pines Lake, near Arnold CA on May 8th. Bob Fujimura is collecting the names of Delta Fly Fishers participants for providing a head count for the event host, the Calaveras Fly Fishers (CFF). The CFF organizers are looking forward to seeing our club members in person this year. This fly-fishing tournament between our club (DFF) and the Calaveras Fly Fishers is a fun and popular joint event and our club has won this contest for the last two years it has been held.
White Pines Lake is again the site of the contest and near the town of Arnold. It is a small and beautiful lake. The lake is relatively safe to learn how to fly fish from a personal watercraft. The time of year, WPL is easy to catch hatchery trout or wild warmwater fish. Registration will start by 7:30 am and fishing starts at 9 and ends at 1 pm.
Contestants pay a $25 fee that goes toward a scholarship fund to a local high school student interested in studying Biology or Natural Resource Conservation. The entry fee also includes coffee and donuts in the morning and beverages and chips for an informal lunch.
Registration fees are paid on the morning of the event. Please let Bob Fujimura via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (209) 329-1692 by May 3rd. Afterwards, Bob will send each person on the contest rules, directions, and fishing gear prior to the event. DFF participants must have a current liability waver on file and use a PFD if they fish from a personal watercraft.
May 12th: Monthly Membership Meeting: Laurie Banks and Ken Davis have prepared a 45-minute Zoom presentation about the Western Native Trout Challenge. They recently chased 18 native trout species in their native ranges across twelve western states. If you have enjoyed pursuing the California Heritage Trout Challenge or any of the Cutt
Slams you will appreciate this “Mother of all Slams”. This Zoom presentation is designed to get people
excited to pursue this challenge and introduce fly fishers to this program. Ken and Laurie will cover
information about the challenge, tips to complete all levels, using the WNTC website, locating and
identifying fish, planning your trips, equipment and flies, safety and teamwork.
Laurie Banks and Ken Davis have been together for 23 years and a fishing team for the last 15. They
spend their summer vacations fishing and visiting family in Nevada, Idaho and Montana. Upon learning
about the Western Native Trout Challenge (WNTC) they decided to give it a try. Thinking it would take
years to complete, they were surprised they completed the challenge in only 15 months.
Laurie is a retired Continuation High School Teacher and was president of California Fly Fishers
Unlimited in 2015 and 2016. She is currently a member of their Board of Directors and co-teaches their
101 class for beginning fly fishers.
Ken is an Aquatic Biologist who is currently working on several projects in Lake Berryessa and Putah
Creek for Solano County. As a Wildlife Photojournalist, Ken’s images have been published in more than
5000 periodicals. He has been fly fishing for more than 30 years. Ken especially enjoys fly fishing pursuits
with Laurie as they approach it as a team effort. Although 75 fishers have completed the 1 st level, Laurie
and Ken are two of the five to complete the 3 rd and final level and the first couple to do so.
Zoom meeting opens at 6:30 for social half hour. Club business at 7 pm. Presentation around 7:15 pm.
Meeting ID: 253 025 5871
May 14th: Casting Practice from 5 to 7. We will be holding casting practice in Stockton this month. Leo has volunteered to host the casting just outside of his residence on Brookview Drive. Drive just past Nelson Park and look for us along the right-of-way along the road. An address for your phone is 3661 Brookview Drive, Stockton, Ca. Leo is going to be helping people work on their double haul and several of the bronze level casting challenges will be set up.
May 15th: Women's Bass Outing at Toma
This outing is only available to Delta Fly Fishers and Amador Flyfishers paid members. Sign ups are limited to 10 attendees.
We will meet both days at Gold County Lanes located at 81 Ridge Rd., Sutter Creek, Ca. at 8 A.M. Please don't be late. IF YOU HAVE SIGNED UP AND CANNOT MAKE IT, PLEASE CONTACT ME OR LET ANOTHER ATTENDEE KNOW SO THAT WE ARE NOT WAITING FOR YOU. We will caravan down to the ponds.
This outings difficulty level is EASY. The ponds are best fished from a float tube. The ponds can also be fished by wading out from the shore or in some cases from shore. You can either "wet wade" or use waders. Remember we have loaner equipment so don't shy away! If you need loaner equipment, please call Terry Smithson at the number below. We will also have a few people there to help you if you are new or need a little guidance.
Essentials include: 4 or 6 wt. Fly Rod, Floating Line, Float Tube, Life Vest, Sun Screen, Rain Jacket, Sunglasses, Fins
Fly Patterns including: Bass Poppers, Leeches, Rubber Legs, Woolly Bugs, Woolly Buggers, Various Nymphs
The ponds are filled primarily with large mouth bass and average between 10-12 inches. There are also some blue gill and perch. THE PONDS ARE CATCH AND RELEASE ONLY. PLEASE PINCH DOWN ALL THE BARBS ON THE FLIES and/or HOOKS YOU USE.
You can fish as late as 4 p.m. For additional information or change of plans contact Fishmaster Terry Smithson through the DFF website contact button.
• What to bring
Bring a lunch, something to drink and a lawn chair. We will break for lunch between noon and 1 p.m.
May 18-20: Special Nevada outing to Wildhorse. Fishmeister Bob is leading an adventure to Wildhorse Reservoir. Contact him at email@example.com for more information.
May 19th: Board of Directors Meeting from 6:30 to 8 ish. Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 253 025 5871
May 22nd Shad with Al at Gristmill on the American River. More info to come!
June 2nd: Wednesday night clean up and fishing on the Moke.
June 4-6: Women's Walker Weekend: This is a great weekend outing with guided fishing with Liz from the Angler's Edge Fly Shop. Liz will be guiding us to access the Walker through meadow hiking at an elevation of 5000 feet. This is a great outing for new and experienced anglers. We will be providing the option of overnight stays before and after the guided fishing on Saturday. The cost for the outing is $180 and this includes Friday and Saturday night lodging as well as guided fishing on Saturday. You will be responsible for having a valid California fishing license, your transportation costs and food. We have reservations at Big Meadow Lodge in Bridgeport. The cabins have 2 bedrooms each with double beds. This is a double occupancy situation so if you want your own bed, please bring a cot or air mattress. Here is a description of the amenities: "Offering free WiFi, this two double bed room features a microwave, a fridge, a coffee machine, a flat-screen HDTV with free HBO film channels, a private entrance, full bathroom, and USB hookups. Air-conditioning is not available in this room." We can hold this outing for 4 anglers or 8 anglers with lodging and have room for an additional angler that doesn't need lodging. If you are interested, please let Amy know as soon as possible as we would like to open this outing up to our neighboring clubs too. firstname.lastname@example.org
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