Since joining in 1988, I have been actively participating in all aspects of The Oakland Casting Club, and credit the Club and its great members with keeping me involved in competing, teaching and serving in many positions on the OCC Board. My casting achievements include setting National Records in Bass Bug and 3/8th oz. Plug Accuracy, as well as winning several Senior Women All-Around Championship and Senior Women All Fly Accuracy awards at ACA National Tournaments. I enjoy teaching fly and plug casting for our Public Casting Lesson sessions, as well as for young teens participating in the Redwood Heights Summer Program. My philosophies toward Fly Casting and Fly Fishing are simple: learn casting fundamentals from The Oakland Casting Club experts, continue to improve using correct techniques and always practice catch-and-release fishing. These guidelines will serve you and the environment well while ensuring your enjoyment of this wonderful sport.
On a picturesque spring day, I watched a man elegantly cast on an Eastern Sierra stream and instantly recognized his technique and skill were far better than others. It was simple and beautiful and I immediately wanted to learn. Soon I found the ponds and the OCC (not knowing both were but 5 minutes away from me for 20 years!) and joined in 2010. In the pursuit, I have learned something from everyone at the ponds and am indebted to all. The generosity has been amazing.
Tournament casting started as a way for me to keep sharp for fishing in the off-season (I’m a three-season fisherman)… and it does. However, I soon found myself enjoying the challenge, competition and camaraderie. I’m proud to take on the task of Tournament Director and look forward to spreading the enthusiasm, growing the participation, and enabling everyone to perform their best.
I’m retired from a career in construction, so I have a lot of time to spend on fly casting and fishing. I fish around the Tahoe area and in the Southern Sierras. The club has casting games about twice a month, in addition to fly tying and fishing trips. We also give casting lessons in the spring and summer.