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We realize records are made and some are meant to be broken. Floyd Dean and Steve Choate are bringing their fly rods and sharing some award winning fly casting demonstrations with our visitors. Steve is a current world record distance caster using a two-handed spey fly rod. Steve is a FFF certified fly casting instructor and will demonstrate his winning casts for our visitors.

Floyd holds many fly casting awards, but has shelved his quest for record holding, so that he can maintain his profession as a teacher of fly casting. He teaches an amazing variety of casts and casting techniques that are a delight to watch. His teaching style inspires many to earnestly learn. Floyd is a Federation of Fly Fishers certified Master fly casting instructor. Floyd has agreed to provide a unique fly casting workshop that involves the use of video tape to help his students understand the mechanics of “the loop.”

Another well known and sought after FFF certified caster is Ron Lauzon. Ron will be at our show to promote his popular fly fishing school and guide services. Ron is a gifted caster who pays close attention to all details of casts made by beginners. He carefully guides beginning casters to make consistently correct casts. Ron has attended and participated in many fly casting and fly fishing schools owned by celebrity fly fishers. In recent times, Ron has worked his fly casting magic with retired executives and school bus loads of kids. We anticipate to have many other FFF certified fly casting instructors join Ron in providing demonstrations of their skills and instruction to those seeking to join in the fun.

If you didn’t take the opportunity to test for your FFF fly casting certification in Idaho Falls, you can still register with the international office in Bozeman, Montana before September 19th, 2003 for our council’s show in Seaside, Oregon. We are offering a one date opportunity – Saturda , 09-27-03 - to test for the achieved honor of being an FFF certified fly casting instructor. Check our show’s pre-registration form for clinics and workshops for more details. Anyone wishing to take the test at our council’s show is required to contact Julie Nelson, FFF casting certification program coordinator in Bozeman, Montana. The phone number to reach her is (406) 585-7592.

By now, you can tell that our council’s show involves many important facets of fly fishing. No facet of fly fishing is more vital than our manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, and retailers of fly fishing and fly tying equipment, materials and tools. They are the great stuff that helps make our fly fishing circle complete. Come to our show and see new, innovative, improved, and tried and true equipment, supplies, and tools designed to make fly fishers, efficient, proficient, safe, and confident when visiting their favorite angling locations.

How did we get to enjoy today’s efficient fly fishing equipment and supplies?

American fly fishing is steeped in history. Our show is collecting a few historian buffs to provide history about significant people in the Pacific Northwest that were influential in fly pattern designs, and the manufacturing of fly fishing materials. Keeping our American fly fishing legacy alive is

made possible by many who cherish and share fly fishing artifacts with many who are new to our sport. We hope to amass collectable fly fishing literature, 100 year old fly patterns and a tier or two willing to replicate them, and other usable and collectable fly fishing antiques for study.

Our sincere thanks go to our show’s visiting manufactures and distributors: Scott Fly Rods, Scientific Anglers, Loon Outdoors, Abel Quality Products, Clackacraft Boats, Loop Technologies, Coffee Can Lures, Porta-Bote International, Amato Publications, TG&F Enterprises, Sagara Fly Fishing Products, and more. Deep thanks also go to our retail and wholesale exhibitors: River City Fly Shop, Valley Fly Fishe , BT Fly Fishing Products, Buck-A-Bug, Wood Impressions, Tru- Flies, Rainy Breeze Ceramics, Matthews Auto Painting, and many more.

Special thanks go to show committee member, and program co-chair, Roderick T. Mac Farlane for arranging to have executive producer and director, James H. Taylor and crew from Fort Vancouver Community Television video tape our show, and produce a one hour documentary tape to be televised at future dates and times. We appreciate this great opportunity to have the media help us showcase our good works.

A loft , yet honorable goal of our council’s show is to video tape all twenty two member fly clubs in our Oregon Council. No two fly clubs in the Oregon Council are alike. Each has a unique and powerful way of dealing with the conservation of wild fish and habitats for wild fish. Each has a purpose and style of delivering fly fishing and conservation related education to the angling public. Yet, all clubs subscribe to the Federation of Fly Fishers’ mission statement; which is to lead activities that enhance and support the fly fishing experience for all anglers who fish with the artificial fly.

Invitations have been mailed to all Oregon Council fly clubs. We sincerely hope that all ORC FFF fly clubs seize this great opportunity to showcase their club’s good works and membership by providing a small working group of club members to man their club’s booth, at our council’s show. ORC fly club representatives are kindly asked to respond to our council’s request as soon as possible. Plenty of show space has been set aside for all ORC fly clubs. Our council’s show will receive many visiting anglers. Many of these anglers are looking for a fly club near their residence, to join.

No fly fishing show would be complete without silent auctions, bucket raffles, and a oral auction. Donations are greatly appreciated from any and all fly fishers, and supporters of our Oregon Council. Please mail your donations to our special fund raiser by mailing them to: Fly Fishing the Northwest Sho , 683 39th Street, Astoria, Oregon 97103. All donations are tax deductible under current IRS guidelines for donations to 501c3 corporations like our council. A receipt with our council’s tax number will be issued to each donor. Thirty special items, including a special driftboat package from Clackacraft have been set aside for our show’s oral auction. We will conduct our auction in the Lewis & Clark ballroom

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