*(Note, This is an update as of 4/24/00)
Well gang, the big event is just a week away and we
are planing, packing, and still tying flies for PA.
The response has been wonderful; casual events offered
every evening, great fishing each day on several streams
and an opportunity for some fun with casting on Saturday.
The details follow here with more on the
For all the information on the Fish-In bulletin board, be sure to select
'show topics for the past 30 days.'
I expect many impromptu events; tying, casting etc.
Several more have offered including Bob (Mantis) Mead
on tying and Leon (comparadun) Chandler with a very
impressive program of fly fishing around the world.
I will fly, on Saturday, from Seattle to Indianapolis,
where I will be picked up Old Rupe, then drive his truck
to State College PA. We should hit there mid-morning on
Sunday, tired but full of anticipation. It seems most of
those not camping are staying at the Holiday Inn in Milesburg.
They have DISCOUNTED room rates for the FAOL group to
$50 per night. To get that rate you MUST let them
know you are with the FAOL group! Call Anita Madston
at: 814-355-7521 for reservations.
Sorry to report that the LadyFisher will not be with
me this trip. She will stay back, keep the website
running, post pictures I will send from PA and save
us quite a few bucks in the process. As you all know
these trips ain't cheap! See you there!
~ James (JC) Castwell
This is at least part of the long awaited information about the'Fish-In 2000.'
As you probably know the 'Fish-in 99' in South Dakota was a fine success. As it
was in progress the folks in Pennsylvania were already hard at work to make sure
the event for 2000 would be held on the east coast. When you have that many hard
working folks willing to put all the details together, how could we resist? We are
pleased to announce that it will be held in State College, Pennsylvania, in
the Nittany Valley.
State College is a lovely town in Centre county in the middle of Pennsylvania,
home of Penn State. Here is a map.
Here are two web sites where you can get more information on the area.
Flyfisher's Paradise in State College, PA is the "official" fly shop - gathering place -
for the Fish-In 2000! For more local information, including how to tie
their local favorite flies, visit their website!
The date has been set and will be from Monday May 1st through Saturday the
6th of May. Folks are welcome to come early and stay later, but the 'official'
dates are set. The details are still in the works but as of now may include some visiting
dignitaries, casting games (fun stuff), some very serious
(ACA sanctioned), slide shows, casting instruction for those who want to 'tune-up,'and other
informative events. And, oh yes, lots of varied and interesting fly fishing on
many of the regions famous streams. To mention just a few:
Penns Creek, Spring Creek, Fishing Creek, Spruce Creek, Little Juniata River, Honey Creek, Bald
Eagle Creek, Kishacoquillas Creek, and several others. There is major airport at Harrisburg, PA.,
and a small airport at State College.
We may ask that you pre-register so we have some clue as to how many are going to
show up. There should be a variety of accommodations available from tenting to motel type.
See the link below for the Accommodations Page! This is a "on your own" event. You
make your own arrangements, we just all get together, fish, swap stories, and have fun. No dues,
We hope you will mark your calenders for that week now, and plan on joining folks
from FAOL for fishing and fun - and hopefully a Hendrickson hatch on the legendary waters of
If you plan on making it to the Fish-In 2000, drop us an
email and we'll put your name on the
I'm Going List! ~ JC
I'm going list!
ACA sanctioned Casting