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Federation to present fly fishing seminar

The San Juan Fly Fishing Federation (SJFFF) presents a free fly fishing seminar from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Cottonwood Campgrounds. Registration opens at 9 a.m. Meet at the parking lot along the San Juan River, four miles below Navajo Dam.

There will be a wide variety of topics presented in 20- to 30-minute blocks.

Here is a listing of program topics:

• Equipment selection and use.

• San Juan River aquatic life, rigging and knots.

• Dry fly fishing and river reading.

• Float tubing and safety.

• Fishing with nymphs, jigs and fish handling.

• Hands-on casting and fly tying.

A New Mexico State Parks day pass is required for each vehicle and will be issued free of charge for all seminar participants while the seminar is in progress. Free refreshments are provided by the SJFFF. Bring a lawn chair for your comfort and a pad and pen to take notes.

Call one of the following numbers: (505) 334-9875 (Brian) or (505) 334-6934 (Ray), by Sept. 28, so the club can better prepare for the number of participants, and can provide directions to those who need them.

The SJFFF is a non-profit club dedicated to the fun, art and sport of fly fishing. It meets on the third Tuesday of each month, September through May, at 7 p.m., at the Farmington Civic Center. Membership is only $15 a year — for the whole family.

The club presents two of these free seminars a year, each spring and fall. We are responsible to clean up the five miles along the highway between the town of Navajo Dam and the actual dam, and we do that twice a year. We help with youth fly fishing outings, casting clinics and fly tying. We have monthly club fishing outings. We assist the New Mexico Game and Fish Department with tree planting and protection, salmon spawn and river habitat improvement. We assist the Bureau of Reclamation with the management of proposed water releases from Navajo Dam. We also donated significant funds to the underfunded G&F Department that are being used to improve trout habitat area in various sections of the San Juan River. We are currently working with them to collect and coordinate funding for future projects that will improve this amazing fishery.

The SJFFF’s activities and membership are dedicated to promoting the sport of fly fishing, while simultaneously maintaining a high quality of fishing potential on the San Juan River and other local waters.

You can contact the club at email@sjfff.org. The Web site is www.sjfff.org.