The first annual Spearfish Creek Fly Shop Fall Fly Fishing Festival was held October 6th, 2019 at the Snappers Club building in the Spearfish City Park. Lunch was barbeque pork, beans, & cole slaw from Dickey's Barbeque. They did a great job! After lunch, we provided a short program about Spearfish Creek Fly Shop staff, their paths into fishing, and what it means to their lives today. Many people have had mentors as they’ve grown as anglers. It was interesting that two anglers at the event were mentored by Wayne Lindstadt, who was in attendance. Wayne runs a fish hatchery just north of Spearfish.
Many fishing stories were shared throughout our day together. We met two local anglers who have been fishing all around the world! But, as we know too well, you need not leave your own backyard to experience world-class angling opportunities. We heard many fishing stories of great days on Spearfish Creek (bot in the canyon and in town). Made us very proud to call this place home.
Tyson Gonzales, one of our SCFS guides, gave a great recap on spring, summer, and autumn fishing for 2019. What a year it has been! To put it bluntly...we had the best clients a business could ask for! The summer water conditions were a little erratic at times, and the weather was a bit fickle some days, but our clients and guides persevered. Thank You to our great guide staff - Austin Mathey, Ryan Driscoll, Seth Mischke and Tyson Gonzales. Each one of these guides worked hard to show our friends to very special days in the northern hills. They helped veteran anglers experience new water, while working with novice anglers to develop a great appreciation and interest in the sport. Great job guys! Thanks for all you do.
Also-thank you to all of our friends who came to share the day with us. A great day was had by all. Many door prizes were given out to those attending the event. In the fly casting competition, Trappor Mason was the winner of the newly designed 2020 Umpqua fishing pack. Congrats Trappor!