Hand-tied fishing flies from some of the best tiers in the country will be on sale Saturday at FlyBuy 2011, a fund-raising project of the Southwest Council Federation of Fly Fishers, at the Long Beach Casting Club.
In addition, the day will offer a veritable three-ring circus of fishing tackle garage sale, casting lessons, fly-tying demonstrations, auctions and barbeque.
Members of the 24 fly-fishing clubs that comprise the Southwest Council FFF have donated rods, reels, clothing and accessories to the buyers’ carnival and demonstration of the art at 4901 E. 7th St., Long Beach, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Funds from the event are earmarked for FFF projects including Trout in the Classroom, monofilament recovery tubes for discarded fishing line placed throughout the Sierra, work with disabled veterans and other conservation and education activities.
"About a dozen fly tiers – some of them international award winners – will demonstrate their skills. Fly tiers include Maria Rivas, Peter Koga, Lee Baerman, Bill Blackstone, John Van Derhoof, Mark Kirchner, Dean Endress, Naomi Okamoto and Steven Fernandez,” said Council president Michael Schweit, Northridge.
Silent and live auctions will be conducted throughout the day for books, artwork, fly plates, fly rods, reels, vests and other accessories. “This is a great opportunity to pick up lightly-used tackle and tools at a great price while helping a great conservation cause,” said Schweit.
Hamburgers, hot dogs and soft drinks will be available. For information call (818) 757-3474.
-- Bennett Mintz