Becoming an Outdoors Woman California Fly Fishing Workshop

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On September 17-19, 2010, Wilderness Unlimited is offering the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman California organization an opportunity to conduct a fly fishing workshop on its Bidwell Ranch property.

During the class, anglers can learn to fly fish from expert instructors in one of the most beautiful places in California. 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. The deadline to apply is Sept. 11. Space is limited.

Bidwell Ranch is located 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. 18. 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 $250 per person, a fraction of what is typically charged for this popular clinic. Anglers will be camping at the ranch and will need to supply their own tent or RV, sleeping bag/bed roll and all food and water for 2 days.

A California sports fishing license is required. After registration is received, participants will receive an e-mail confirmation and then approximately two weeks prior to the workshop will receive an e-mail (or snail mail packet) with all of the information needed including an agenda, directions to the ranch, and a suggested list of items to bring.

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