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Reno Orvis Days coming in early October, Event day set for Oct. 18

It’s that time of year. Days are growing shorter, football is on TV, the leaves are beginning to turn and evening temperatures are cooling. That means it’s time for Fall Orvis Days and events are set at Reno Orvis. This year, the store located at the Sierra Summit Mall, is hosting a day filled with fun, games and a free BBQ on Oct. 18.
Kicking off the events at Reno Orvis will be a free Fly Fishing 101 Class. The free class is ideal to help someone learn a new, healthy outdoor activity or it’s a great way to learn technical applications if you’ve already started fly fishing but just need a little fine tuning. The class is limited 15, so sign up early.
The day will also feature a free BBQ for patrons to say thank you for your support and simply treat our new and old friends alike. BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery will be supplying beer samples as well to top off the BBQ. Boy Scout Troop 609 will be helping to prepare the BBQ as well. The BBQ/beer will run from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
The event will also feature a casting competition with prizes for a Men’s, Women’s and Youth Divisions. Each contestant will get three tries to hit a target. Hit your target all three times and you’ll get three chances for the division drawing. In addition to the casting/demo fun, there will also be three fly fishing seminars including one by Mike Curtis on the Carson East and West forks, Jan Nemec will talk about Reno-Tahoe area backcountry lakes and another by Gary Bonanno on Pyramid Lake. The following is a rundown of events:
Time: 9 a.m. to 11:30
Title: Fly Fishing 101
Description: Fly Fishing 101 Orvis Class covering the basics of fly fishing including knots, casting and basic terminology. Class size is limited to 15 students so sign up early to reserve a spot.
Time: 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Title: Free Orvis Reno BBQ Lunch and BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery Beer Sampling
Description: Reno Orvis will be offering a free BBQ. Come enjoy lunch on us thanks to the help of our Local Boy Scout Troop 609. Our neighbors at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery will offer free beer sampling to add to the fun! So come have lunch, grab a cold one, cast the latest Orvis rods, see the latest gear and gadgets and take advantage of the Orvis Days sales. The Scouts will be accepting donations for all their hard work getting the food just right!
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Title: Casting Contest With Prizes Up For Grabs!
Description: Test your casting skills to win prizes including Orvis gear and the latest fly patterns. There will be three divisions including one for men, ladies and kids. Each competitor will receive three chances to hit a target with a cast and all casters that are on the mark will be entered into a drawing for a prize for the division. So, if you land all three casts, you will get three chances for a prize.
Time: 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Title: East and West forks of the Carson
Description: Mike Curtis of Tahoe Outfitters will share his vast knowledge of the Carson River system including the East and West forks. He will discuss seasons, techniques, flies and the other information you will need to catch more fish on your next time out.
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Title: Reno/Tahoe Backcountry Lakes with Jan Nemec
Description: Orvis Endorsed Guide Jan Nemec of Mimic Fly Fishing will highlight fishing at waters like Marlette and Hobart. Fall is a great time to fish these hike-in waters. Jan will discuss techniques and bugs to help boost your catch rate.
Time: 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Title: Early Season and Beyond at Pyramid
Description: Orvis Fishing Lead Gary Bonanno will share some of his Pyramid fishing secrets. He will discuss his techniques and proven patterns as well as introduce his new guiding endeavor for the lake’s huge cutthroat.
Time: 11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Title: Nevada Land Trust
Description: Representatives from the Nevada Land Trust will be on hand to share information on their organization and all the great things they do in our region.

Get the latest info and the hot patterns or simply ask advice. Reno Orvis staffers are always willing to help you learn or improve your catch rate on spots like Little Truckee.
Photo by Barrett La Rue
Come to Reno Orvis enjoy some food, fun and maybe win a prize on Oct. 18
Photo by Brian La Rue
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