Leland Miyawaki comes to SSFF

June 9, 2011

Our July general meeting will feature Leland Miyawaki.
The meeting will be held on July 19th at the North Olympia Fire Station.

Leland began fly fishing in 1968 when he sent away for a complete flyfishing outfit. After receiving his new rod and reel, he laid down his spinning rod forever and began to teach himself to cast and tie flies. Exactly one year later to the day, he caught his first fish on his own fly. Leland has fished most of the streams and lakes in California, Oregon, Idaho, Washington; the well-known hotspots in New Mexico, Wyoming and Montana; the great steelhead rivers in British Columbia; and one well-guarded secret river in Idaho. Leland fishes and guides on the local Puget Sound beaches for searun coastal cutthroat with his surface fly exclusively – the “Miyawaki Beach Popper.” He loves ditching his fleece and waders to fly south for bonefish and permit. He is a fairly accomplished speycaster and without too much of a push, would chuck it all and become a steelhead bum. He is currently the fly fishing manager of the Orvis store in Bellevue, Washington.

Program Synopsis:
Almost 15 years ago, Leland tied up his first “Miyawaki Beach Popper.” It is a surface fly that Leland casts off the Puget Sound and British Columbia beaches to catch wild coastal cutthroat and coho salmon on his 6wt rod. Leland will also show us how to tie his famous popper and, more importantly, how to fish it.