Monday, August 26, 2019

A Conversation with Clay Hash

A conversation with Clay Hash, NCCFFI Vice President of Communications and Outreach and Chairman of Yuba Fest 2019. 

Hello, I’m Larry Strauss, and I’d like to introduce Clay Hash. I am on the board of the Northern California Council Fly Fishers International along with Clay. I am having a conversation with Clay who is the chairman of Yuba Fest 2019. Clay is also a Past President of the Gold Country Fly Fishers and is the owner of Fly Fishing Traditions, a co-host of the Yuba Fest 2019 event.

{Larry): Clay, what is Yuba Fest 2019?
(Clay): Yuba Fest 2019 is a gathering of people celebrating the Yuba River watershed. People passionate about fly fishing, conservation projects, education and sharing a sense of community are invited to come.

(Larry): Is this the first time the event has taken place?
(Clay): This will be the second annual Yuba Fest. The first event took place in October of 2018.

(Larry): Where and when does Yuba Fest 2019 take place?
(Clay): This year, Yuba Fest 2019 takes place at Sycamore Ranch County Park on the Lower Yuba River. It will take place on October 12th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

(Larry): Who are the hosts of Yuba Fest 2019?
(Clay): The co-hosts of Yuba Fest 2019 are Fly Fishing Traditions, my educational fly fishing guide service, Gold Country Fly Fishers, the fly fishing club that calls the Yuba its home river, and the Northern California Council of Fly Fishers International (NCCFFI), representing fly fishing clubs from Northern California. The Gold Country Fly Fishers helped tremendously last year and are also helping this year. NCCFFI is a new co-host for the event and is promoting fly fishing clubs from Northern California and Western Nevada to attend.

(Larry): What will be happening at Yuba Fest 2019?
(Clay): There will be many activities for attendees including; 1) a Women’s Connect gathering for women fly fishers of all levels of experience; 2) a series of exploratorium like fly fishing stations for fly fishers of all ages and skill levels. 3) Fly fishing casting instruction as well as chances to achieve a Fly Fishing International recognized bronze or silver casting credentials; 4) Fly Tying demonstrations by expert fly tiers, and 5) information about the organizations working to enhance and preserve the Yuba River watershed.

(Larry): That is a full agenda. Are there any other activities planned?
(Clay): Yes indeed. We have planned an Afterparty to be held at 5:30 pm at the 1849 Brewing Company in Grass Valley. Even though the day will be full, we ask attendees to join us for an informal social gathering of friends. There will be live music with the rock band "Non-GMO" to entertain those that attend. It will be a fun conclusion to the event. Everyone should try to come. It will be a lot of fun. There will be no charge, just a request for a $10 donation to cover the cost of the band. There will also be a live auction where people can bid on donated guide trips and lessons and also fly fishing gear. Proceeds to go to future local Gold Country Fly Fishers Youth Fly Fishing Programs.

(Larry): Who is encouraged to attend Yuba Fest 2019?
(Clay): The co-hosts of Yuba Fest 2019 encourage members of fly fishing clubs from all over Northern California and Western Nevada to attend. Any person interested in fly fishing, whether you are just curious about fly fishing, just getting started, or an experienced fly fisher. A special invitation goes out to our youth and women to come and participate in activities especially designed for you. There is something for just about anyone.

(Larry): Who is the keynote speaker at Yuba Fest 2019?
(Clay): Mark Rockwell, president of the Northern California Council of Fly Fishers International, will speak at 12:00 noon on Conservation, Education, and Community as it relates to our Northern California fly fishers. Mark has a history of involvement with conservation issues and is a long time fly fisher.

(Larry): Which conservation groups will be at Yuba Fest 2019?
(Clay): We are currently working on that. We have invited groups such as the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), Sierra Streams, Trout Unlimited, and Cal Trout to attend.

(Larry): For someone looking to improve their fly fishing skills, what can they expect to learn at the Yuba Fest 2019 event?
(Clay): There will be a lot. There will be professional fly tiers to show you their expert tying techniques. There will be presentations by professional guides about how and when to fish the Yuba River. There will be fly casters to help you improve your fly casting. For the youth there will be a complete program to introduce the participants to the world of fly fishing.

(Larry): What food and beverages will be available at the event?
(Clay): There will be gourmet hot dogs, chips, water, and soft drinks available for purchase. All the youth attending or participating in the Youth Fly Fishing Program will receive a free hot dog lunch.

(Larry): What does it cost to attend the event?
(Clay): Yuba Fest 2019 is free to attend and participate. There will be a donation jar to help pay for the costs of the event, no obligation, just a friendly request.

(Larry): Clay, on behalf of Northern California and Western Nevada fly fishers, thanks for letting us know about Yuba Fest 2019. It looks to be a fun event for most everyone. For updates and answers to frequently asked questions, go to

You can visit the Gold Country Fly Fishers at

You can visit the NCCFFI at

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