Next Speaker Event: Watching the River Run by Bob Madgic Saturday, April 11 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Join us Saturday, April 11 when Bob Madgic will present his multimedia presentation, "Watching the River Run" and Fishing Tactics for Fishing the Upper and Lower Sac. Where: Corte Madera Town Center, Suite 201 When: Saturday, April 11, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. What: Bob's program consists of three informative parts: I. The Elements of a Natural River: How the Sacramento River has been altered; efforts to preserve and restore it. This segment includes slides and narration. II. Watching the River Run: A multimedia program encompassing images, music, and video. "Watching the River Run" begins with an instructional segment on the elements of a natural river, degradations the Sacramento River has experienced, and ongoing efforts to preserve and restore many of these elements. it is followed by a presentation of striking images, music, and video that convey the power and beauty of this magnificent river and the creatures it supports. It is based on Bob Madgic's recent publication, The Sacramento: A Transcendent River. This is the first comprehensive book on one of the most important rivers in the world. It traces the river's course from its headwaters to its estuary, and its human history from before Euro-Americans to the present (copies will be available for purchase and signing). III. Places and Tactics for Fly Fishing the Upper and Lower Sac: Tips, strategies, and locations. Specially drawn maps for fly fishing locations will be available. About the Speaker: Bob Madgic is a former public school educator who has turned to writing in retirement. Tips, strategies, and locations. Specially drawn maps for fly fishing locations will be available. His first book, Pursuing Wild Trout: A Journey in Wilderness Values, was followed by A Guide to California's Freshwater Fishes. Next was the highly acclaimed, Shattered Air: A True Account of Catastrophe and Courage on Yosemite's Half Dome, followed by his newest book, The Sacramento: A Transcendent River. He regularly has articles published in California Fly Fishing magazine. Bob has lived on the banks of the Sacramento River for the past 20 years. Following his presentation, a short business meeting will be held and, for those interested, lunch afterwards at one of the many restaurants in Corte Madera Town Center. Directions: 770 Tamalpais Drive, Madera Town Center, #Suite 201, off N. Route 101 The Corte Madera Town Center is located across from the Charles Schwab offices near the south entrance of the shopping center. From San Francisco, follow US 101 North across the Golden Gate Bridge for approximately 12 miles. Take the Tamalpais Drive exit towards Paradise Drive Turn left onto Tamalpais Drive. Cross over the overpass and immediately turn right into the Corte Madera Town Center. There is ample parking available; park and walk up to Suite #201.
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Don’t Miss the Next Fly Tying Gathering, Saturday, March 28th 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Come to Barbara Klutinis' house for a fly tying gathering and potluck on Saturday, March 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. On the agenda is a fly tied with false eyelashes and a steelhead fly. Please RSVP by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 415-830-0450. Bring a dish to share. Where: 3935 Cesar Chavez Street, San Francisco, Ca. 94131
~ 2015 GWWF Meetings ~
A different approach to keep GWWF alive and prosperous has been made: Quarterly meetings will be held on Saturday mornings: ><>Saturday, April 11, 10:00 a.m., Corte Madera: Speaker Event: Watching the River Run by Bob Madgic ><>Saturday, July 11, 10:00 a.m., Corte Madera ><>Saturday, October 10, 10:00 a.m., Corte Madera
GWWF Mission Statement
The purpose of the Golden West Women Flyfishers is to provide women the opportunity to enjoy the sport of fly fishing with women of like interest through activities and events which increase their knowledge and skill of fly fishing, and to promote the conservation of fish and all natural resources.
Reviving the Art of Fly Tying for GWWF
By Barbara Klutinis
Last Sunday, November 9, was GWWF's first official fly tying gathering, held at my house. It was a revival of a tradition we used to have when I
first joined GWWF over 14 years ago. We would meet on a regular basis, around once
a month, rotating homes and pot lucks. Our group of fly tyers at that time ranged from 5–12
women and mostly I remember the fun of just getting together, chatting around
the dining room table, and sharing our creations or our recipes for a variety
of flies. Our Sunday group numbered six, with Dorothy Zinky and
Barbara Stevens at the helm. Dorothy is what I consider to be a “master tyer,” and
you can find her at a booth at many fly fishing shows demonstrating her art. Barbara
Stevens has also been tying for a long time, and she, too, is a wonderful
instructor and tier. We were very lucky to have both of them. Also attending were Raffel, Siv Winberg, Regina Boyle and myself.
Dorothy and Barb showed us four variations on a Wooley Bugger, using non-lead weight, flashing for the tail, and different kinds of hackle. Our second fly was one of my most useful flies, a zebra midge, also tied in four different variations. We ended with a Big Horn favorite, a Ray Charles. We plan to gather again after the holidays, so watch for emails and newsletters announcing meeting time and place. Please come and join us. It’s a lot of fun! Beginners are welcome and encouraged!
Giving Back, One Cast at a Time
By Barbara Klutinis
GWWF has had the opportunity to give back, to a very important group of women: disabled veterans. Fanny Krieger arranged for five of us GWWF’ers to meet at the Casting Ponds on July 1 to assist with her casting instruction of seven disabled women veterans, part of the Veterans First Fly Fishing program. Ken Brunskill, president of the Northern California Council of the International Federation of Fly Fishers, set this program in motion, along with the help of Maureen Brown, a volunteer coordinator who is a retired Lt. Colonel. Ken spent some time with Healing Waters in the past, but decided to start his own project in Menlo Park, which is now known as Veterans First Fly Fishing, putting an emphasis on the “veterans FIRST.” Maureen Brown and another woman veteran had the opportunity to go to the Big Horn River in 2009 with a group of male veterans, where she hooked her first German brown. In fact, she tells us that the two women out-fished the guys! In turn, she got hooked into the sport itself. “If more veterans could experience this, it would change their lives," she says, and so she became the program lead for VFFF to help other men and women veterans have this same experience. “If I could give back even half of what I experienced, that would be so great.” So far, the group of woman she recruited have been spending their time learning to tie flies. This was their first casting lesson. Oh, and there is one guy too!
All of the veterans took to the casting with great enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. One of the women said that her fly fishing lessons are “bringing back life into me as they are like art therapy.” Another said it was motivation for her to be able to leave her house. One of the women, a clinician and recreational therapist volunteer, said that they have been trying to do a women’s group for many years, and her goal is to extend the program. She says, “It is wonderful to see the therapeutic value.” The GWWF volunteers were Fanny Krieger, Lelia Lanctot, Christine Main, and Lyn Little and me, Barbara Klutinis. We found the women veterans to be very eager to learn, quick to pick up basic casting skills, and all ready to do more sessions. In fact, one of them did not want to quit when we said we were finished for the day! Also, Fanny promised them that once they attained their fly fishing proficiency, she would arrange to take them fishing. A second casting lesson was given on July 15, at which time Fanny, Lelia Lanctot and Christine Main helped the group with their roll casts and improving their false casts.
Needless to say, we all came away from these workshops feeling really privileged to be able to connect with these special women veterans and to share with them what we know about fly fishing. We look forward to even more opportunities in the future. In fact, this program could become yet another one of Fanny’s good ideas that will blossom and flourish.