“Secrets of Casting” March 24 & 25, 2018



Courtesy of SWC-FFI
Casting Chairman Eric Callow,
you are invited to the following

“Secrets of Casting”
Sat/Sun March 24 & 25, 2018

Tournament Casting has been around for a long time: the first recorded contest having been in 1860. The American Casting Association has been around for 110+ years, so it’s a different tradition from the FFI Certified Casting Instruction program that began some thirty years ago.

Now Southwest Council members have an opportunity to draw on the deep tradition of the ACA by spending one or two sessions with champion tournament caster Chris Korich.  Chris has been a dominate contestant for over forty years and takes great pride in having coached casting phenomenon Maxine McCormick to world championships.

Chris will be at the Long Beach Casting Club on Saturday, March 24th for a 7:00-9:00 PM classroom session and Sunday, March 25th on the pond for practice and coaching at 10:00 AM.

TitledSecrets of Casting the sessions will give participants insight into how to develop a precise and repeatable casting stroke for improved accuracy, and better fishing too.


For questions, contact Colin Kumabe at ctkumabe@gmail.com.

  • More about Chris at the American Casting Associate website – click here
  • Watch Chris’ young student, Maxine McCormick,”nail” casting targets in strong winds on video – click here
  • More of Chris’ videos on Vimeo – click here

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OCC Member To Be Inducted Into California Outdoors Hall of Fame

 In case you missed the SF Chronicle article, OCC member and Director, Chris Korich, just became the top vote recipient for the 2017 California Outdoors Hall of Fame.

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Non-fly fishing event > Free Paper Shredding / Sunday, March 4, 2018

Image result for paper shreddingPierce Brothers Valley Oaks will host a free Community Shred Event, Sunday, March 4, 2018
10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

  • Residents from around the Conejo Valley are encouraged to bring up to four boxes of paper documents to be shredded at no charge.
  • Paper of any kind will be accepted, even with staples and paper clip.
  • Binders, CDs, DVDs or other media, however, will not be accepted.

For more information or questions, call 818-889-0902. 

** Newbies to the club and our area will appreciate this info!

Cast Into Spring Event – March 10, 2018

“Cast Into Spring”
Hosted by Woman Anglers, Simms, and Sage

NO RSVP need but why not RSVP on Facebook to “BOOST” the event at:  https://www.facebook.com/events/779970965537598/

Saturday, March 10 at 11 AM – 4 PM

Heather Hudson will be co-hosting the event with three incredible and well accomplished Southern California Women Anglers. John Sherman and Tod Suttle (Simms and Hatch Outdoors) Reps, Alex Ramirez of Sage and Eric Neufeld with Winston and Echo Rods will also be there. We’re encouraging everyone to bring their significant others, friends and family. This will be a great way to “Cast into Spring!”

Bob Marriott’s Flyfishing Store
2700 W Orangethorpe Ave
Fullerton, California 92833
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Castaway 2018: Fly Rod Demo Day!

Castaway 2018: Fly Rod Demo Day!
Sunday, December 3, 2017 at the Pasadena Casting Club Casting Pond!

Ever wanted to try casting a variety of rods? On December 3rd you will have that chance! 

Reps from the Top Fly Rod Manufacturers will be on hand demo-ing their rods.

Stop by and Cast Away the New, Sage X, Orvis H3, G Loomis Asquith or IMX Pro, Scott Meridian or G Series, Redington Crux, Echo Boost Beach rod and so much more! 


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November’s Meeting Presentation – “Sierra Small Stream Fishing”

November’s Meeting Presentation
“Sierra Small Stream Fishing”

November 8, 2017 / Wednesday
Presentation by CVFF Club President, Scott Olson

Scott’s slide presentation will focus on several of his favorite small streams including Rock Creek in Little Lakes Valley and King Creek in the John Muir Wilderness among others.

He will also cover many of your old favorite waterways like the San Joaquin River and the Owens River (both of which are technically “small streams”) with a few surprises thrown in.

Don’t miss what promises to be an wonderful evening of fishing

About November’s speaker and Conejo Valley Fly Fisher’s Club President:
Scott Olson has been fishing in the Sierra since he was eight years old and has literally fished it from north to south.  His passion has always been the small streams of the backcountry where you rarely run into other people and the fish are eager.

5:00 pm / Optional Pre-meeting dinner at Cisco’s Mexican Restaurant
925 S Westlake Blvd, Westlake Village, CA 91361

Meeting location:
Church of Christ, 2525 E Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

6:45 – 7:30 pm:   Meet & Greet / Fishing Stories  / Club Announcements
7:30 – 9:00 pm:  Speaker / Program / Presentation



SWC-FFI – 1st annual Riptide Rendezvous Event
Saturday, October 21, 2017″
7:00am – 1:00pm

“Riptide Rendezvous” is a surf fly-fishing “tournament” organized by the Southwest Council as a fundraiser for Council activities.

It will be held at Rincon Beach Park in Carpentaria, from 7:00am – 1:00pm.

There is also an optional FREE Early Bird casting clinic
         – 6:00am – 7:00am conducted by FFI-certified casting instructors.

We hope that your club members can join us!

There is NO entry fee, other than trading a surf-appropriate fly (which you can tie yourself, or purchase at a local shop) with another contestant.

After the fishing there will be a BBQ lunch and a raffle.

Our Master of Ceremonies for the raffle will be Al Quattrocchi  aka“Al Q”
Al is the founder of the original “One Surf Fly” tournament, and has been fishing the surf for over forty years. Over the last twenty five years he has donated much of his time to promoting and teaching saltwater fly fishing, and he’s been a speaker at most of the SWC clubs. Al is a fly fishing author, artist, photographer, fly tier and IGFA world record holder. He is also a pro staff member for Tuffleye, Umpqua, and Enrico Puglisi products.
Al Q’s website: https://alquattrocchi.wordpress.com/about/

Interested? The complete story about Riptide Rendezvous can be found on the internet (of course) at: http://riptiderendezvous.com

You can also follow the event on Facebook (@southwest.council.5)
– Click here for the “Facebook Event Listing
Instagram (riptide_rendezvous).

See you on Saturday, October 21!

Bill O’Kelly, President, SWC-FFI
READ more about Bill in our local “ACORN Newspaper”  

Want to know who’s going? Click on this text!

Price of the Senior Pass for National Parks increasing on Monday, August 28, 2017

Price of the Senior Pass for National Parks increasing on Monday, August 28, 2017


On August 28, 2017, the price of the America the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass increased for the first time since 1994. The additional revenue will be used to enhance the visitor experience in parks. Learn more about the changes, what they mean for you, and how the additional funds will be used.

Why is the price of the Senior Pass increasing?
The price of the America the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass is increasing as result of the Centennial Legislation P.L. 114-289 passed by the US Congress on December 16, 2016.

When was the last time the price increased for the Senior Pass? 
The Senior Pass has been $10 since 1994.

How much is it increasing?
The lifetime Senior Pass will increase from $10 to $80.

Why $80?
The legislation states that the cost of the lifetime Senior Pass be equal to the cost of the annual America the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass, which is currently $80.

What if a senior citizen is on a fixed budget?
The legislation also establishes an annual Senior Pass for $20. That pass is valid for one year from the date of issuance. Four annual Senior Passes purchased in prior years can be traded in for a lifetime pass. Additionally, access to the majority of National Park Service sites remains free—only 118 of 417 National Park Service sites have an entrance fee.

What if I have a current Senior Pass?
The current passes are lifetime passes and will remain valid.

Will the benefits of my Senior Pass change?
No. All benefits of the current Senior Pass stay the same.

What if my current Senior Pass is lost or stolen?
Passes are non-refundable and non-transferable and cannot be replaced if lost or stolen.
If lost or stolen, a new pass will need to be purchased.

Who is eligible for a Senior Pass?
US citizens or permanent residents 62 years or older are eligible for the Senior Pass.

CVFF – Mammoth Outing – Thurs to Sun > 09/14/17 to 09/17/17. Well priced at $60 per person!

Conejo Valley Fly Fishers announcing:
an “Outing of Mammoth Proportions!” 

  • Mammoth Lakes, CA
  • $60 per person for the WHOLE WEEKEND!
  • 09/14/17 to 09/17/17
  • Arrive Thursday / Depart on Sunday
  • Hosted by: Peter Sumner
  • Open to all members* of all levels and abilities of fly fishing. / ** Check with Peter regarding inviting guests.

MUST RSVP as there are spots for only 7-8 persons in Mammoth condo.
Contact/Hosted by:  Peter Sumner
Email:   allaboutscreens@gmail.com
(805) 279-2307

Cost per person:  Approx $60 per person for a total of 8 persons.
** Less than 8 the price will go up accordingly.
To fish with friends and enjoy everyone’s company.
Help out each other in fishing different areas.
– Group will decide as we go.
– May decide to go out or cook in. There is a Vons grocery store locally.
– Fishing gear
– Bedding or sleeping bag, pillow
“Horizons” Condo, # 14
2113 Meridian Blvd
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Google Maps (click on text)

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Courtesy Posting: Sespe Fly Fishers Casting Clinic / Sat. Sept 2 (Labor Day Weekend)

Courtesy Posting:
Sespe Fly Fishers “Casting Clinic”
Sat. Sept 2 (Labor Day Weekend)

The Casting Clinic
The clinic is back! The extremely popular casting clinics are scheduled to resume in September and continue on the first Saturday of each month.

The clinics are open to SCFF members and non-members alike. So get ready to hone your casting skills or learn a new cast from one of the certified instructors.

Bob Smith is currently the SCFF’s Casting Director and is an FFI Certified Fly Casting Instructor.  Bob is available to anyone who would like some help with their casting.

See you at 9am Saturday September 2. (Labor Day weekend) at:
Chumash Park
750 S Petit Ave
Ventura, CA  93004 

Registration not required

For more information, exact dates, times and changes:

Casting Clinic Page:

SCFF’s Official Website: