Mary Ann is a Fly Fishers International Master Casting Instructor and is a member of the FFI Casting Board of Governors. Her first fly fishing experience was in 1995 in Yellowstone Park and her passion for the sport took hold. When her high-tech career wound down after 20 years, Mary Ann opted to pursue her passion for fly fishing and share it with others. Mary Ann has been teaching & guiding for 10 years in Oregon and Idaho. She currently guides full-time in Central Oregon for the Fly Fishers Place in Sisters, Oregon. She loves to introduce new anglers to fly fishing or take anglers’ skill to that next level. Her love and finesse of casting has put her on the Winston Pro-Staff Team. Mary Ann is available for casting instruction, fly fishing workshops, and presentations.
Dave Dozer had a fishing rod in his hand as soon as he could walk, and caught his first fish, a carp on a night-crawler, at the age of 4. His father had an old bamboo fly rod in Dave’s hands by the time he was 8, and he was tying his own flies at the age of 10. Over the past 40 years, Dave has fished extensively across northern California, Oregon, eastern Washington and central British Columbia. Several years ago, Dave focused his efforts towards learning the art and craftsmanship of building bamboo fly rods. He now designs and builds custom bamboo fly rods under the company name of Bamboo Pursuits. He also offers bamboo rod building classes where he mentors one or two students through the rod building process.
Their presentation at the club meeting will be “Building a Bamboo Fly Rod”. Mary Ann will share her experiences with building her first bamboo fly rod last year, and Dave will help fill in some of the technical details of how bamboo fly rods are made today.
Molly Semenik started teaching fly-casting back in the 80’s after she left the Midwest and landed in Utah. In 2000, Molly and her family moved to Livingston Montana where she began a 15-year guiding/outfitting career. During this time, Molly started Tie The Knot Fly Fishing, became an outfitter and Master Certified Casting Instructor through the International Federation of Fly Fishers now the Fly Fishers International. Another move took her further west to Birch Bay Washington. A Two-Handed fly rod is now her go to method in the PNW. Molly is currently on the Casting Board of Governors and Board of Directors of the FFI.
While visiting the Overlake Fly Fishing Club Molly will present a program on her book titled 25 Best Off-the-Beaten Path Montana Fly Fishing Streams by Stonefly Press (2017 Bronze Award winner through the Independent Publisher Book Award). Photos will take you to Montana, while Molly will discuss strategies for small stream fishing and visit seven of the 25 streams covered in the book. A book signing will follow the program.
Wading safety is a critical piece of fly fishing, much more so that other types of fishing. We will look at some of the things a fly fisher can do to make wading safer, including physical preparation, proper equipment and techniques to keep from falling in the drink. We will also discuss what do to if you do fall in. This latter part is so important that Kent Basset has set up a pool session where you get in a pool in your waders and boots and so you can actually experience what its like to “fall in”. That is a real eye opener, because you can actually swim pretty well in waders and boots! Kent will have more information about the pool session at the meeting.
Bill has been fly fishing about 15 years when he moved to Washington State and landed up on Lake Alice. At first he thought his eyesight was going bad because he couldn’t see his fly when he cast. It turned out that his eyesight was fine, his casting was bad. So he started on a journey to become a better caster resulting in becoming an IFFF Master Certified Casting Instructor (MCI). He has had the opportunity to teach casting at the IFFF Fly Fishing Fair as well as the Ellensburg Fly Fishing Fair, Northwest Fly Tying Expo and various club and private venues. Bill is Past President of the Overlake Fly Fishing Club, edited the club newsletter and is currently a club Trustee. Currently he can see his fly, he just wishes that more fish would see it.
Overlake’s annual Holiday Dinner and Change of Officer Meeting will be combined with a fantastic auction and raffle to help provide funds for our yearly activities. This is usually an event for both husband and wife, and the VFW is doing an outstanding job of preparing a meal fit for a “President” and friends. A slide show will also be shown of our members on the water, doing their best to land their fish…
This is a pre-pay only event. Reservations were due the 4th of December. If there are any last minute cancellations or requests for additions, contact Steve Foisie ASAP.
Freshwater Hall of Fame Member
1st Place winner Northwest Outdoor Writers 1993-1994
FISHING CAN BE FUNNY
Nationally recognized published authority on antique lures and tackle
Dick has found the funny side of all those gadget and inventions of the past 50 years.
If you have any old fishing lures or other gear you would like identified and valued please bring.
Eric Fickheisen of the Hi-Lakers club will tell us about:
• Hi-Lakers – Short history
• Hi-Lakers – Today, a few statistics, Number of surveys etc.
• Types of issues we are dealing with:
• Planting fish vs. not planting fish – attitudes, WDFW, Forest Service, Nat. Parks etc.
• N. Casades Nat. park example
• Local easy access lakes & medium effort lakes