Originally Posted by boone
Thanks for all the replys. Peregrines is right on. Most of the people who will be there will probably have never fished before so i will definately just be covering the basics. As for the casting lesson. That will be seperate and not included in the "presentation" i'm just looking for about an hour of talking.
Here are some of the things that i've thought about so far.
Describe the differences between fly and casting tackle (i'll have some fly and some casting tackle to show the difference as well).
Describe lines (weights, sinking, floating)
Describe the rest of the tackle and its uses
some of the presentation methods (not an entire "class" though)
and some of the entemology that is pertinent to the area.
Any more sugestions?
Anything you can do to dispel the common notion of FF as elitish, snobbish and super expensive sport would be good.
For the casting part you could demonstrate throwing a lure and trying to throw a feather across the room to drive home the casting the line thing. If you could also demo some fly casting that would be good to, even if you don't turn it into a casting class.
Some examples of flies- panfish poppers, bass stuff, trout dries, nymphs and streamers... Just be careful kids don't get hooked. Maybe pass around a fly box or two for people to ooooh and ahhhh.
Maybe bring along a fly vest to show all the gizmos and pass it around. Let kids try it on.
I think encouraging folks to start out with panfish would be good too, if there are local lakes or ponds around.
I also think that getting across the idea that a lot of help is out there for folks interested in getting started is key. A lot of people can be intimidated by the lingo, all the choices in gear etc, and not know where to turn.
You might also check your state's fish and wildlife website for info on local special events that might be coming up, places to fish in the area etc for inclusion in handouts with some resources for them to get more info on how to get started including local resources (like local TU Chapters, FFF affiliated clubs, fly shops etc.), intro books, and even this forum's address if you want.
you might also consider googling "fly fishing basics" or "fly fishing 101" for a lot of basic info other folks use to introduce FF stuff to new folks.
Good luck, it sounds like fun.