Kids’ fly-fishing camp

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If you have a child or a grandchild who loves to fish and they’re between the ages of 9 to 15, sign them up for the 2019 Kids Fly Fishing Camp, presented by Rachel and Jim Andras of Andras Outfitters in Talent, Oregon.

It’s a day camp located virtually next to Ashland, Oregon, which means parents or grandparents can enjoy the Shakespeare Festival and all the other amenities in and around Ashland, while the kids are having fun learning casting technique, fly tying, knot tying, fish food, reading water, presenting the fly, accuracy and distance casting, dry fly, nymph and streamer strategies, approaching the water, playing, and handling and releasing fish.

I’ve known Rachel and Jim for more than 10 years. I’ve observed first-hand how much the children loved the fly-fishing camp. It is a wonderful experience for a youngster who really loves the outdoors and especially fishing. There are two choices: June 17-21, and July 8-12. The cost is $375. You can get more information by calling Rachel at (800) 488-5794, or go to the Andras Outfitters website at

One of the best things about their location is how much there is to do in the area in addition to fishing. Rachel can even help you with lodging arrangements in Ashland and recommend the best restaurants.

Rachel and Jim also teach fly-fishing to adults, and Jim guides for trout and steelhead on the Rogue, Klamath and Umpqua Rivers.

If you just want to take your kids or grandkids fishing for a day, the best choice right now is off the Marin Shoreline at either Paradise Park or McNear Park. Both have piers that you can fish from, and right now the halibut fishing in the bay is the best it has been in many seasons.

Your best source of information on fishing in those parks or in the bay is Keith Fraser at Loch Lomond Bait Shop in San Rafael, (415) 456-0321. Keith can also assist you in booking a bay fishing party boat. Keith said the halibut fishing is outstanding all over the Bay. There’s lots of action and anglers are bringing home full limits of halibut on almost every trip. In addition tides will be excellent next week for sturgeon.

Once the wind died ocean waters off our coast calmed and Capt. Rick Powers of Bodega Bay Sportsfishing was able to get his party boat, “The New Sea Angler” onto nice schools of salmon, finding limits or near limits of salmon for his clients and adding limits of Dungenesss crabs on top of that. Call Rick at 875-3344 to book a trip with him.

I have a hard time resisting the latest fishing gadgets. There’s always some guy working in his garage to invent something we didn’t know we needed.

Naturally, the email ad I got for the Tauten Line Welder caught my attention. The ad claims that their gadget can create a virtually indestructible knot connecting your leader to your lure, saving you the hassle of tying your own knot.

Tying knots can be a challenge as we age, so the Tauten Line Welder looked interesting, at least until I saw the cost – $139.95.

Nevertheless, if you love fishing and knot tying has become too much of a challenge, you can find it on Amazon.

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