TUESDAY – JULY 9, 2019
FLY FISHING FOR TARPON
My current passion is fly fishing for tarpon. In 2015, Heidi Nute invited me to participate in the Ladies Tarpon Fly Tournament in Islamorada, FL. I had only landed baby tarpon at that point but, because I love a challenge and learning new skills, I poured my heart into the pursuit of the silver king.
My tarpon education took me to Belize, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Key West, and of course, Islamorada. To see these fish grab your fly then immediately take you into your backing for a 45 minute fight while jumping and snarling at you is the ultimate in fly fishing. Nothing tops these fish.
Kesley has been fly fishing since she was 10 years old. Her earliest fly fishing experiences were with her dad who chased puddle-bound brook trout in the Appalachians. Although she enjoyed trout, she quickly discovered she loved the challenge of fly fishing for anything that swims and hasn’t stopped since.
Since those days, she has traveled to such places as Labrador for [much larger] brook trout, the Bahamas and Hawaii for bonefish, Louisiana for bull redfish, Belize and the Yucatan for permit, Phoenix for grass carp, and Costa Rica for big tarpon.
Kesley has nine IGFA records on fly thus far and also enjoys competing in tournaments such as the Ladies Tarpon Fly Tournament which she won in 2018. Kesley currently works for Amgen in Thousand Oaks, CA, as a Director of Engineering.
DINNER – 5:00 to 6:30pm (Optional)
3955 Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Westlake Village, CA 91362 – map
MEETING LOCATION – 6:30pm
CHURCH OF CHRIST
2525 E Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362 – map
CLUB MEETING SCHEDULE
6:30pm: Meet & Greet / Fishing Reports / Club Announcements
7:00pm – 8:30pm: Program / Speaker / Presentation