Hi Friends:

For our August 5th meeting via Zoom format (7:00pm), here’s what’s in store:

Lance Gray will be presenting on “Fly Fishing Lassen Park”.

The Lassen National Volcanic Park is a fly fishers dream. Concealed within its boundaries are legendary waters like Manzanita Lake and the headwaters of Hat Creek. There is no fish planting schedule for the park, only wild fish are found. The presentation will focus on a variety of fisheries including both still water and freestone streams. Both back packers to car top angling will be covered. Equipment and techniques, including Tenkara are highlighted and discussed during the presentation.

Lance and Kirsten have more than 50 years combined experience in fly fishing. Lance started fly fishing with his father and brother Lincoln at age 7. In his teens, he began tying flies commercially for shops all around Northern California. At 17, he went to work at Powell’s in Chico, working in the fly shop and building rods. He guided for Powell’s, conducted fly-tying and fly-fishing schools, and traveled.

In 1993, Lance and Kirsten started Saltwater Innovations, a company that manufactured and distributed products for saltwater fly fishing. Lance’s Crystal Popper, Gray’s Billfish Fly, the KO Charlie line and the Raghead Crabs are all Saltwater Innovations products. Kirsten worked behind the scenes, handling the day-to-day operation and running the manufacturing floor of the company.

In 2003 they launched Lance Gray & Company, a full-service outfitter offering guided trips, fly-fishing schools, workshops and a travel agency. Lance conducts presentations at fly clubs and outdoor shows and supports local groups like Cub Scouts and 4H. He’s a signature tier for Aqua Flies, pro staff member for Sage and Rio and is a featured writer, with articles published in Angling Trade Magazine, California Fly Fisher, Fly Fishermen, Sierra Fisherman and Northwest Fly Fishing. Kirsten is a fantastic photographer who’s had images published in periodicals and on websites throughout the outdoor industry.

September 2nd – Bryan O’Keefe, “iPhone Photography Lessons”

October 7th – Gerald Hatler, Calif. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife

November 4th – Lee Haskin, San Luis Res. Striper Fishing


Brian D. Loven