We just completed our first Riptide Rendezvous on October 21, 2017 at Rincon Beach. A lot of people put in a lot of hours and for our first event, I thought it went very well! John Loo put in a tremendous amount of work in creating the website and organizing the event.

As the summary in the rest of the newsletter indicates, the fishing was tough, but one of the primary reasons that Fly Fishers International exists, was certainly accomplished. The three pillars of FFI are Conservation, Education and Community. The sense of community at the event was very strongly felt by the 49 participants and the 15 or so volunteers who made it a very fun day even if the fishing was not what we’d hoped it to be – oh well, you pick a time and a tide, but although the fishing had been very good for the weeks ahead of the tournament, the offshore winds decided to blow a mountain of kelp from the channel onto the beach.

Thanks again to all those who have donated to the event: Marriott’s, Fishermen’s Spot, Rio, TFO, Patagonia, Aspen Reels, Fortune Sport Fishing, Fuqua Sport Fishing, Fishpond, River Traditions and Black Strap.

Casting for Recovery, a wonderful program for women dealing with breast cancer, was at Bass Pro Shops in Rancho Cucamonga each of the four weekends in October raising funds for their May 18-20, 2018 Retreat. These funds cover the cost of the retreat for 14 women so that they don’t have to pay for anything. Carole Ontiveros and Teresa Adams have taken over this great cause from Bonnie Anderson, and are doing a great job. If you weren’t able to make it out there to make a donation, please be sure to go to castingforrecovery.org/southern-california and donate there!

Save the date: the Southwest Council will be holding a Southern California Fly Fishing Show the weekend of October 20-21, 2018 at the Glendale Auditorium. Many of the vendors who have been coming to our Mammoth/Bishop Faires will be there, as will hopefully some new vendors. We will again be engaging in all things fly fishing. We look forward to seeing all of you there! More details to follow.

We have some exciting opportunities to be involved in the fly fishing community beyond just your club coming up in the months ahead: Teach the Teachers will be held again this year at the Pasadena Casting Club on three Saturdays, January 13, 20 & 27th, 2018. This is a great class for those who aren’t Certified Casting Instructors to learn how to maximize the benefit to their students when they help out their club’s educational events.

Additionally, we’ll be holding FlyBuy 2018 at Long Beach Casting Club on February 3, 2018 beginning at 9:00. Steven Fernandez, one of 4 living SWC Buz Buszek recipients will again have a great lineup of fly tiers there, along with inexpensive casting lessons and a gently-used equipment sale. Your price of admission includes lunch, and of course, since it’s a fly fishing event, and fundraiser, there will be some great raffles and silent auctions.

If you aren’t a member of a club, and would like some information, shoot me an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Bill O’Kelly