Tuesday, May 11, 2010

DownStream Fly Fishing Day

We are now inside of two weeks before we kick off DownStream Fly Fishing 2010. We are at full capacity with 25 excited students and 78 passionate volunteers. We have a few new sponsors to add to the list and can't wait to show them our event.

DownStream means business, we make success attainable.

I had a chance to visit Mark and Kristen Brown who own Willow Creek Event Center and was blown away by improvements done in that last year. They have created a Hawaiian sanctuary where no sane person would ever want to leave. Mark and Kristen are wonderful people who have extended themselves to no end to make this event incredible. The property they have, coupled with their commitment to excellence has created a jaw-dropping background for any event. They are working hard to make a unique venue for weddings retreats and much more.

This is where our students will be hooking Rainbow Trout!

I was able to bring out one of DownStream's key supporters, Steve Pereira with Certified Systems in Chico, to help me find some fish. We were joined by his charismatic father-in-law, Harry. The trout were not too cooperative, however the bluegill and bass were anxious and willing to show off their ability to crush flies. For the event, to make sure everyone hooks a trout or two Mark has arranged for the pond to be stocked with perky rainbows.

Bluegill are plentiful and eager to inhale flies like this guy!

We feel blessed to have such passionate people helping us put this event together. It is all about the people- I am going to get you, I just need to find you!

So far so good, we have a new cooking team this year that has success written all over it. They mentioned something about tri-tip sandwiches... we'll see about that!

The bass is clearly aspiring to be like the fish on the shirt.

As part of our commitment to education we teach conservation and catch and release.

With final preparations underway we are ready and willing to do what it takes to make this day unforgettable. If you are reading this and want to get involved, contact us. We are ready to start preparing for next year.

Thank you,
Email: rhmiller@gmail.com