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FFCOC Annual Auction

 

Annual Auction

 

 

 




Each Fall the Club has an auction in place of a speaker. This event features primarily Fly Fishing related items, including trips, rods, reels, artwork , flies and other fly fishing materials that are largely donated by members and supporting vendors. This is the primary source of funding for club activities. Membership dues primarily cover the costs of producing  and distributing the newsletter . This event is, as all events, open to the public.



 

 

 

 

 

Casting

Casting Clinic:

The Club conducts it’s annual casting clinic in the spring. This event is open to the public and is offered at no charge to participants. This day long event assists those interested in learning to cast a fly rod or for those wishing to improve their skills. The clinic is lead by an experienced group of casters, many of whom are certified as instructors by the Federation of Fly Fishers.

 

 

 

Fly Tying

 

Fly Tying

 

 

 

During the year we offer a number of fly tying classes and clinics. We offer the Basic Fly Tying Class which is offered at no charge, and is conducted by one of our talented FFCOC members. We also offer throughout the year, classes for advanced tech-niques, these sessions are generally single or double sessions, again conducted by a very talented FFCOC member.

 

Rod Building

Rod Building Class This Winter

Location: First Baptist Church of Irvine/Tustin

 

 

By Richard Fanning

 

Building your own rod is a good way to get the rod you always wanted, customized as you want it. And, you can save on the cost of a ready made rod.

 

This class is more than how to assemble a rod as found in some of the fly shop courses. You will learn about the uses for different types of rods. You will learn about rod action. You will learn why rods perform the way they do.

 

We will show examples of the various types of components out there. You can choose the blank, the guides, the wrapping thread, the reel seat and the grip for your project. You will have the option of turning your own grip to fit your liking. You will each get Rod Building Manual which you can annotate with notes as the class proceeds.

 

It’s not hard - but it does require good eyesight and hand coordination.

 

There will be six class sessions on Tuesday nights. The first session on December 15 will be an introduction to the class and will focus on the components each student will need to bring to the following sessions.  Suggestions will be made on what components to get and where to buy them. You will be given a Rod Design Worksheet to help in selecting your components. The club will provide the tools and consumable supplies needed to complete each student’s rod.

 

There will then be a gap in scheduling to allow you to purchase your rod building components. The subsequent sessions will be on January 19, 26 and February 2, 9 and 16. If you decide to build your grip from cork rings, you will also need to schedule an hour or so at my home to turn your grip on the lathe.

  

The instructor is Richard Fanning. Classes will be 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the First Baptist Church of Irvine/Tustin, 2472 Walnut Avenue, Tustin.

 

Contact Richard Fanning (714-671-1370 or rkfanning@aol.com) for more information. There will be a sign-up sheet at upcoming club meetings.  There is room for 10 students on a first come, first served basis.

Trout in the Classroom

 

 

Quite simply, TIC is a science class. Students from participating schools in the Orange County area learn the importance of preserving our natural resources by examining the life cycle of the trout. The Club provides the necessary training to participating classroom teachers and also provides the classrooms with a refrigerated aquarium. The California Department Fish & Game furnish rainbow trout eggs.

 

The students are then able to observe the early stages of the trout’s development and through this process under-stand the importance of water quality and the entire ecosystem. Finally, the students have the opportunity to release their “fry” at a local lake or stream ap-proved by the Department of Fish & Game. The kids finish up with a lesson on casting a Fly Rod and maybe catching their first fish on a Fly..