Women's Fly Fishing Workshop Coming To California

Once again, Wilderness Unlimited is offering the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, California organization an opportunity to conduct a fly fishing workshop on its Bidwell Ranch property.

If you are interested in learning to fly fish from expert instructors in one of the most beautiful places in California, this is the class for you. This year there will be sessions for beginners and intermediates. The intermediate class is only for those who have previously participated in this workshop. There are only 30 slots available in this class. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Deadline to apply is September 9. Space is limited.

This Beyond BOW California workshop is scheduled for Sept. 16-18. The location is Bidwell Ranch in Shasta County near the town of Burney. Wilderness Unlimited has operated a fly-fishing school on this property for more than 25 years. The clinic is world-renowned and led by a team of experts. Located in the Hat Creek Valley of Shasta County, this beautiful ranch has four ponds and approximately 1.5 miles of Lost Creek. Open permanent pastures and hay fields flanked by the famous Hat Creek Rim on the east and scattered juniper and brushy lava flows around the rest of the property add to the scenic setting.

This comprehensive workshop will cover all of the basics of fly-fishing: casting, reading the water, entomology, conservation, fly tying, knots, landing and releasing, and plenty of hands-on practice. In addition, for the intermediates there will be an obstacle course. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 16. Departure is Sunday afternoon. Arrival on Thursday evening is preferable. All equipment will be provided-rods, reels, leader, tippet, vests, waders, and four flies. If you need more flies, you can bring your own or purchase at a drastically reduced price at the workshop.

The cost of the workshop is $275 per person, a fraction of what is typically charged for a clinic so comprehensive. We will be camping at the ranch so you will need to bring your tent or RV, sleeping bag/bed roll, and food for as long as you stay (Don't forget the water.) A California sports fishing license is required. After your registration is received you will receive an e-mail confirmation and then approximately two weeks prior to the workshop you will receive an e-mail (or snail mail packet) with all of the information you will need - an agenda, directions to the ranch, and a suggested list of items to bring with you.

For more information and to sign up for the workshop, go to www.bowca.org or call Susan Herrgesell at (530) 347-0227.

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