Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Fourth Annual DownStream Fly Fishing Event

It is with great pleasure that I bring you a few descriptive images from the day. Thanks to Mike Howes from Granite Bay Fly Casters for the most of these images and Shawn Pittard for providing us with a little write-up. The day was a huge success for 20 people with Down syndrome and 70 plus volunteers.

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”

20 kids with Down Syndrome put John Wooden’s words, printed on the backs of their tee-shirts, into action at the fourth annual DownStream fly fishing event. For the second year in a row, Mark and Kristen Brown provided full access to the Willow Creek Event Facility on their 40-acre ranch near Browns Valley. 70 volunteers coming from fly fishing clubs, local schools and sponsor employees were on hand to guide the kids through a fun-filled day of learning and doing.

The kids learned how to tie a fly, paint a fish picture, how to cast and to see what fish eat. They also learned how to catch fish, lots of fish. High-fives were everywhere as the kids caught feisty rainbow trout in the ranch’s ponds. After a hearty lunch, complete with ice cream cones, the kids went right back to fly fishing. Fish stories were in the making and more than one young fly-fisher could be heard asking a parent for “One more cast.”

The Appeal-Democrat in Yuba City wrote up a little something: Article

Soon to be fly fishing legend, Tommy Berg with his hand-tied flies.

A huge thanks to all who make this possible,

For more on the fine folks who made this possible, click here.

The fifth annual event has begun brewing, make sure to follow us on Facebook for future events.

Thank you to all my friends, family, students, parents, sponsors and volunteers for making this unique program come alive.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

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Thanks for your support.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Bass-N-Fly Tourny


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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Enough is Enough

After months of idle fingers I would like to pick up where I left off. For those of you that are left reading this lifeless blog I hope not to bore you with city life updates. Since my last p0st I have successfully settled into Dallas life with Amanda. I am still on the job hunt, however I have a good feeling about a company I interviewed with a few weeks back. The position sounds incredible and involves working with non-profit companies to help them raise money through online marketing efforts. I will elaborate more when the time is right.

I have not been fishing yet, but am hopeful to see what the area offers when the time is right.

I am going to start fly casting lessons soon and am looking to spread the word.

DownStream Fly Fishing is looking forward to its 4th annual event this coming May. If you participated last year and would like to join us again please email me:

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Stay tuned for more news.