Presidents Message

April showers bring better fishing!! That’s what I think. The water is warmer and the fish are more active. That means they're more likely to take a dry and dropper rig.

We have gotten through our March Classes. Some were well attended and some were canceled for lack of attendees. We had our annual class with Pat Jaeger and 11 folks attended. Beryl Rea did an entomology presentation as part of the Class. I helped her get the bugs right out of the river. Now I know why a lot of people fish size 20 flies. Even the stoneflies are small. I’m used to the stoneflies on the Kern River that are 1 1/2 inches long.

We have something new in store for the club this month: a Casting game. We used to do something like this where we would cast under a pipe like casting under a tree branch. Can you cast around a rock? We’ve got a cast for that too. We have our Board Meeting April 12th 7:00-9:00pm at the clubhouse. The following night, April 13th, is the 2nd Wednesday Night Fly Tying at 7:00-9:00pm with Mike Stuhl. Then we have two weekends of Rod Building at the clubhouse, on the 16th and the 23rd. On April 27th we have Fred Rowe talking about fishing the Eastern Sierras. Then Saturday the 30th is the Small Stream Class from 9:00am to noon.

We have one condo reserved in Mammoth for the Opener. The club started doing this many years ago as an outing for members. It started out as a bunch of club members wanting to go fishing on the opening of the season as a way to keep costs down. Like all outings the club doesn’t make any money on it, it has to pay for itself. The condos cost us $1,900 for the week and that is split among the eight people going. If we get more than eight people that want to go we will have a waiting list, if enough folks want to go, we’ll rent another condo. You’ll want to sign up early as there is usually a lot of interest in this outing. There will be an article later in this newsletter describing this in more detail.

It seems we videotaped the March Speaker and thought everything was working right. But, Bill says for some reason the sound didn’t record for the Lino’s talk. It recorded his fly tying fine. Where are the professionals when you need them? We will send out both the talk and Lino tying flies. You can glean what you can from his talk.

As always if you have any questions please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tight Lines, Gary Applebee