KETCHUM • It’ll be all about the fish when the first Ketchum Cast Away and Fly-Tying Festival is held June 8 through 11 in Ketchum.
The weekend of fly-tying and fly-casting is organized by Idaho Steelhead and Salmon Unlimited, which has teamed with Lost River Outfitters, Ketchum On the Fly, Silver Creek Outfitters and Sturtevant’s Mountain Outfitters. Proceeds from the event will benefit wild steelhead and salmon recovery in Idaho.
The weekend will kick off with a Meet and Greet for British Columbia steelhead guide April Vokey and Dr. Rick Williams, who studies the conservation of steelhead, redband and cutthroat trout subspecies in western North America, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. June 8 at Silver Creek Outfitters at Fifth and Main Street, Ketchum.
“April Vokey is world famous in her field and Dr. Williams is equally renowned,” said Woody Friedlander, a member of Idaho Trout Unlimited.
Vokey will present a short talk and PowerPoint presentation outlining British Columbia’s efforts to protect wild fish. And she will demonstrate what fishing with a fly rod in British Columbia is all about.
There’ll be a raffle to win a spey rod and reel combo and a steelhead fishing trip for two on the Clearwater River, plus lots of other goodies. And Sweetwater Village in Hailey will be serving grilled tuna loin and smoked brisket sandwiches, beer and wine. A donation of $10 at the door is suggested but not required.
On June 9, Vokey will offer a co-ed Single-Hand Casting Clinic on the soccer field behind the Sun Valley Lodge. Cost is $200 and lunch will be included.
Williams will offer a Co-ed Two-Hand (spey) Casting Clinic from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hulen Meadows Park and Pond that same day. Waders will be required. Lost River Outfitters and Snake River Outfitters will have demo rods available. Cost is $200 and includes lunch.
Vokey will also offer a Steelhead “Intruder” Variations Fly-Tying Class from 5 to 9 p.m. at Lost River Outfitters at Fourth and Main Street in Ketchum. Cost is $100 and vice and tying materials will be provided, along with sushi and Kirin provided by Zou 75 of Hailey.
On June 10, Vokey will offer a Women’s Only Single-Hand Casting Clinic from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the soccer field behind Sun Valley lodge. Cost is $200 and lunch is included.
Williams will offer a Co-ed two-Hand (spey) Casting Clinic from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hulen Meadows.
And Vokey will conclude the day with a Learn to tie Fly-Tying Class from 5 to 9 p.m. at Ketchum on the Fly at Sun Valley and Spruce Streets in Ketchum. Cost is $100 and vice and tying materials will be provided, along with snacks and beverages provided by Sweetwater Village.
On June 11, Vokey will offer a Women’s Only Singled-Hand Casting Clinic from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the soccer field behind Sun Valley Lodge. Cost is $200 and lunch will be provided.
She will conclude the event with an Intermediate Fly-Tying Class for all ages and abilities from 5 to 9 p.m. at Lost River Outfitters. Cost is $100 and vice and fly tying materials will be provided, along with rock shrimp tamales and Pacificos provided by Vintage Restaurant in Ketchum.
Information: Paul Hopfenbedk at 720-7778.