Grass Valley, Calif. October 2, 2019 – Fly Fishing Traditions, Gold Country Fly Fishers, and the Northern California Council of Fly Fishers International, announce Yuba Fest 2019. The event is a celebration of the Yuba River and will take place at Sycamore Ranch County Park from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday, October 12, 2019.

Yuba Fest is a gathering of people celebrating the Yuba River watershed. People passionate about fly fishing, conservation projects, education, and sharing a sense of community are invited to come.

“We’re very excited about the programs at Yuba Fest 2019,” said Clay Hash, Yuba Fest Chairman, Past President of Gold Country Fly Fishers, and owner of Fly Fishing Traditions. “After spending time at our exploratorium-like stations, people will have a basic understanding of fly fishing, the importance of conserving the Yuba River, and generally have a good time gathering with numerous community organizations. Yuba Fest advocates active stewardship, public education, and activism for the Yuba River watershed.”

“It’s a great opportunity for all fly fishers in our region to come together and celebrate the importance of our Sierra Nevada watersheds, including the Yuba River,” said Mark Rockwell, President of the Northern California Council, Fly Fishers International.  “Our support of this event fully supports the Council’s goal of bringing fly fishers together to have fun, celebrate our fly fishing sport, learn new methods to fish Sierra streams, and join with like minded people who love our sport.”

This free to the public event will bring together many conservation groups, numerous educators, and anglers of all experience levels and ages.

Activities of Yuba Fest 2019

There will be many activities for attendees including;

  1. a Women Connect gathering for women fly fishers of all levels of experience;

  2. a series of exploratorium-like fly fishing stations for fly fishers of all ages and skill levels; no equipment or prior experience required.

  3. fly fishing casting instruction as well as chances to achieve a Fly Fishers International recognized bronze or silver casting credentials;

  4. fly tying demonstrations by expert fly tiers,

  5. information about the organizations working to enhance and preserve the Yuba River watershed, and

  6. a no-host  after-party at the 1849 Brewing Company in Grass Valley starting at 5:30 PM featuring the local rock band NON-GMO.

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Fly Fishing Traditions: Clay Hash, owner, guide, and educator, understands the importance of providing a quality educational experience for those looking to get into the sport of fly fishing or for those that want to take their existing skills to a new level. He offers a wide variety of educational opportunities no matter what your experience level; from drift boat floating clinics or personalized lessons. FFT provides fly fishers, no matter their age or experience level, an opportunity to learn something new about fly fishing.

Gold Country Fly Fishers: Founded in 1984, the Gold Country Fly Fishers is a group of people passionate about the sport of fly fishing. The club fosters the “catch and release” ethic because it is important to conserve our resources. The GCFF mission is to support fly fishing for recreation, support the conservation of our waters, aid members in the skills and techniques of fly fishing, and represent fly fishers through liaison with sports and conservation organizations.

Northern California Council, Fly Fishers International: The Northern California Council is the regional representative of Fly Fishers International and represents 18 affiliated fly fishing clubs around northern California and northern Nevada.  The Council’s purposes are to bring fly fishers together, work to support our regional fly fishing clubs, and to protect our fisheries, watersheds and environmental values important to all Californians.  NCCFFI is also focused on communicating with and providing value to non-affiliated fly fishing clubs and their members with in our territory.