Council News

Steven Fernandez Honored with Buszek Memorial Award

Steve Fernandez

Steven Fernandez, a Venice, Calif. architect who turned his passion for crafting fishing flies into an art form, has been named recipient of the 2012 Buz Buszek Memorial Award by the International Federation of Fly Fishers at the organization’s convention in Spokane, Wash., July 11.

Fernandez, 52, started tying flies professionally at age 13 for Southern California fishing tackle shops; by 16, he was demonstrating and teaching fly tying throughout the area and then nationally. When he was 17, he was featured in the April 1977 edition of Field and Stream magazine.

While pursuing a degree in architecture in the 1980s, he challenged the centuries-old notion of artistic salmon flies by tying flies on straightened out hooks with atypical materials and techniques, raising a few eyebrows in the process. Judith Dunham included him in her book The Atlantic Salmon Fly, The Tyers and Their Art, published in 1991, which helped lead to international demonstrations, classes, and feature articles.

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Second Annual Kern River Tournament

BY Marshall Bissett

Competition was keen as nine teams from the Southwest Council of the FFF battled for the winner's  plaque in the second annual Kern River Fly Fishing Tournament. The welcome addition of two ladies’ and one co-ed team brought a welcome touch of glamour and laid to rest  concerns that competitive rivalries might dampen the fun of this event. All of the teams left town on Sunday with a firm resolve to mark their calendars for next year and set aside some weekends for practice.

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