Fly Fishers of Davis Make Impact at UC Davis Picnic Day

The UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology's exhibits at Briggs Hall during the annual UC Davis Picnic Day wouldn't be complete without the Fly Fishers of Davis.

To the delight of wide-eyed youngsters, the anglers demonstrate the intricate art of fly tying, and then gift the finished product to them.

Veteran fly fisherman Paul Berliner, participating in the 108th annual UC Davis Picnic Day, held Saturday, April 23, asked Ella Eich, 6, of Davis if she'd like to have a fly tied for her. 

She wasn't sure at first.

"I didn't think she was going to do it until she saw the color pink," he related. "That did it!"

Ella watched him create it, and beamed when he handed it to her. It's now her treasure.

The Fly Fishers of Davis (FFD) is comprised of some 100 members and it's based in Davis. "Our charter is to promote the art of fly-fishing and to protect our natural resources and fisheries through community education and conservation," according to the website.  FFD is an affiliate of the Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF), an international non-profit organization and its Northern California Council (NCCFFF).  Our meetings and membership are open to the public, and we provide equal opportunity membership without discrimination on sex, race, origin, age or religious orientation."

Last year, due to the cancellation of the UC Davis Picnic Day, many organizations went virtual with presentations. The Fly Fishers created a video (click here), narrated by Berliner that won a second-place award in the Blue and Gold category, spotlighting health, recreation and athletics.)

The Fly Fisher meetings,  open to the public, are held the last Tuesday of each month, with a social at 7 and the general meeting at 7:30. (See website for details).  All members receive the club's monthly newsletter, “The Fisherman's Line.”  See the Newsletters for the current edition and back editions. Yearly dues for adults and families are $30 per year.  Yearly dues for students are $15 per year.

Outings take them to such venues as Pyramid Lake, Lake Berryessa, McCloud River, Lake Davis and Trinity River and more.

And then there's the annual UC Davis Picnic Day where the anglers demonstrate the art of fly tying and answer a myriad of questions.

Let's go fishing!