Sunday, March 29, 2015

Fly fishers will take a seat in ‘stillwater classroom’

From page A4 | September 23, 2012 |

Bill Forward, a fly fishing guide and instructor, will speak at Tuesday's meeting of the Fly Fishers of Davis. Courtesy photo

Bill Forward, a California native with more than 60 years of fishing experience in the Sierra Nevada, will speak Tuesday to the Fly Fishers of Davis. The group meets at 7:30 p.m. at Harper Junior High School, 4000 E. Covell Blvd.

His talk, “Lake Davis: A Stillwater Classroom,” is a presentation that covers the tactics and strategies of stillwater fly fishing using Lake Davis as the case in point. Information is presented in such a way that it is not only applicable to Lake Davis but also to all other stillwater fisheries. Topics to be covered are trout needs, reading stillwater, fishing a lake for the first time and lake phases.

Specific to Lake Davis, Forward will emphasize the hatch chart, where to fish at various times during the year, flies to use (and why), rigging and presentation methods. He will specifically analyze chironomids, damsels and callibaetis mayfly hatches.

Forward operates Forward Bound and is the senior editor of Sierra Fisherman Magazine. To date,he has authored more than 20 fly fishing articles. He has been a featured speaker at the International Sportsman’s Expo in Sacramento and has presented numerous programs at the fly fishing shows in Pleasanton and Pasadena.

Forward is a full-time Sierra resident with an intimate knowledge of Lake Davis and the Plumas National Forest fisheries.

His passion for fly fishing stillwater led to a partnership with Phil Rowley, host of TV’s “New Fly Fisher,” and development of California Stillwater School of Fly Fishing, now in its fourth year. As a former award-winning biology instructor, Forward now merges his 32 years of classroom and university teaching experience with his passion and expertise for fly fishing into an instructional and guiding profession.

“Most importantly, this unique combination of knowledge and understanding of the Sierra, natural sciences and entomology along with an enthusiasm for teaching and fly fishing provides him with the skills and ability to guide and instruct using clear-cut methods and fishing strategies,” a news release said.

The Fly Fishers of Davis normally meet to swap lies at 7:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of the month at Harper Junior High. The meetings are free and open to newcomers and guests.

“If you’re interested in learning to fly fish, come to the meeting to hear about our Fly Fishing 101 course,” the news release said. The club is also working on a program for young fly fishers (under 16).

For more information call Lowell Ashbaugh at 530-797-6722 or visit



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