Northwest Fly Castiing Exposition
Northwest Fly Castiing Exposition
By Len Zickler,
Vice President Education
The Washington Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers is exploring a new direction for the Northwest Fly Casting Expo in 2004. The EXPO this year will emphasize education and outreach to the general public. MARK YOUR CALENDARS! - The EXPO is scheduled for Saturday, September 25th at McDonald Park in Carnation, Washington.
The event will be modeled after the very successful Casting for Recovery program held each spring. The 2004 NWFCE will offer a series of casting and fly fishing classes for beginner to advanced fly fishers. In addition to beginning casting clinics, classes will be offered in advanced presentation, the two handed rod, the salt water flats, casting for greater distance and more!! All classes will be taught by FFF certified or master instructors and a clinic will be offered for those interested in the FFF certification process.
A youth program will be incorporated in the day’s activities to encourage young casters and provide a fun introduction to fly fishing and casting.
As in past years, a competitive casting event will provide participants the opportunity to show off their casting abilities. The competitive event will include distance, accuracy and skill components. This should be a great experience and continue the “casting trophy” tradition!
We are trying to make the day both a rich and affordable experience. While fees have not yet been officially established, we anticipate a basic registration fee of $20 for adults and $10 for youth (entrance fee and lunch). The individual casting or fishing classes will be offered at $25 a class. The competitive event will have a separate entrance fee. – Tentatively set at $40 per team.
The specific program details will be finalized soon – so look for information in your local fly shop, here on the WSCFFF website and/or future mailers. We are looking for volunteers, particularly for publicity. If you are interested in the event, have suggestions for clinic topics, or want to volunteer please contact:
or Len Zickler
for more information.
Competitive Casting Game
In this event the caster is attempting to make three long casts. The caster starts with the rod in one hand and sufficient line removed from the reel and placed on the grass. A short warm up period of three trial cast is permitted. The caster then makes three casts. All three distances will be recorded. The average of these three casts will be the caster’s score. Each caster will be placed in one of the following classifications; youth (12 to 16), men, women, or senior (65+). Unlimited false casting is allowed and if the caster wants to abort the cast they may do so on the back cast.
Six-weight, nine-foot rods from different manufactures will be provided. The rods will be designed to cast long distances, that is, fast rods. The lines will be one manufacturer, six-weight, weight-forward, floating lines. Cleaning, lubricating, and stretching the line will be performed by the officials. The leader will be a seven and one half feet hard monofilament material with a yarn fly.
Accuracy Casting Game
In this event five ring targets are positioned at 25,30,35,40 and 45 feet from a casting box. The caster starts by standing in the casting box with the rod in one hand, the fly in the other, the line on the reel, and attempts to place the fly into the rings. Warm up time will be performed away from the game area.
Round 1 is called Dry Fly:
The caster has unlimited false casts to each target starting with the nearest and progressing to the farthest. There is only one lay down per target. Lengthening of the line takes place while false casting, not when line is on the grass.
Round 2 is called the Wet Fly:
The caster is allowed to bring the fly even with the nearest target, placing the extra line on the grass, then has one pick up and one false cast to each successive target.
The targets will consist of two concentric rings, 30 and 56 inches in diameter.
Scoring will be on a demerit system. Every caster starts with 100 points. A fly that lands on the small ring or within it will receive a score of 0. A fly that lands on the large ring or between it and the smaller ring will receive a score of 1. A fly that lands outside of the large ring will receive a score of 2. The ten scores received from casting the dry fly and wet fly are subtracted from the original 100 points.
This event is timed. Time starts when the fly touches the ground at the beginning of round 1, Dry Fly, and stops when the fly lands on the last cast of round 2, Wet Fly. The shortest time is used as a tiebreaker.
Six weight nine feet rods from different manufactures will be provided and they will all have the same weight forward line with seven and one half feet hard monofiliment leaders with yarn fly.
Each caster will be in one of the following classifications; youth (12 to 16), men’s, women’s, senior (65+)
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