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Last Update: 12/30/2021

Speaker:  Dave Smith

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Dave Smith

Lessons Learned from Competitive Angling

The Program:


Competition Fly fishing is as polarizing in the Fly Fishing community as Pepsi or Coke, Ford or Chevy is in the non-fly fishing communities. While some frown upon the idea of fly fishing being a competition, there are lessons and tips and tricks can apply to all fly anglers of all skill levels. Despite the popularity of European nymphing, competition is much more than just euro nymphing on a river.


Dave is looking to share all the hard-earned information and tricks he has learned in competition fly fishing with you. He is confident that they will equate to more fish hooked, landed and you being more efficient with your fly angling.


San Diego angler Dave Smith will focus on Competition Fly fishing and lessons learned that can easily be applied to our local Sierra fly fishing and beyond.

Dave's Background:


You can follow Dave on his websites:


Dave is a multi-faceted and multi-species fly angler and fly tier who chases everything from alpine trout to Belizean bonefish, carp and mako sharks.  He’s been a competition trout angler since 2012, with appearances nationally at two Team USA National Championships, America’s Cup international competition, and many regional events throughout the western United States. In addition, Dave was on the Professional Fly Angling tour in 2014 and has competed internationally in New Zealand including the Oceania Fly Fishing Championships in 2012.  Through his competition career, Dave has gathered tips and tricks from fishing a vast variety of waters all over the US and internationally.


You will often find Dave fishing with his wife, Lesley. Together they love traveling all over the world chasing fish that will eat a fly.

WHEN:  Mon Jan 3, 2022 @7:30 PM

  (zoom in a little early to socialize            prior to the presentation)

WHERE: This meeting is Zoom only


Would you like to be a 3rd Wednesday Speaker ???

Our programs chairperson Tim Huckaby says:


We have so much talent and expertise in the club that we have decided to augment our “normal” club meeting and presentation (every 1st Monday of the month) with a mostly club member presentation on the 3rd Wednesday of each month this year. Those of you that have joined the virtual club meetings you know we have had a lot of success. We sure have learned a lot and been entertained by some pillars of the fly fishing industry. Honestly, it has been easier for me to recruit speakers to do virtual presentations because I don’t take them out of their day jobs for stretches of travel to San Diego. We’ll continue our “normal” first Monday of the month meetings with “big name” speakers, virtually, until we can finally meet in person as a club again….which is not looking like any time soon. We have quite the lineup scheduled already for 2021. It’s not the same as meeting in person. I get that. I miss meeting in person too. But, the virtual thing is gonna’ have to do for while until the world gets ahead of the pandemic.

So…I’m on the hunt for you experts in the club that would be willing to do a virtual presentation and/or virtual Q&A for us on a 3rd Wednesday this year. Please contact me by email,, to discuss. Don’t be surprised if I find you with a little help from other club members and proactively reach out to you for the ask.

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