Peninsula Fly Fishers

General Meeting with speaker Bill Downs

  • October 21, 2010
  • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • HCC

Bill Downs - Manager Clearwater Lodge

Bill will speak about intermountain streams and rigging for specific waters.

He began fishing early in life. His first fishing experiences were for pan fish, catfish and bluefish as a child in New Jersey. At 7 years old he moved west and began to explore some of the west coast species including trout, rockfish and salmon. Throughout grammar school and high school he fished for sturgeon and striped bass on a regular basis. It was in high school that he also discovered his other love, surfing, visiting the beaches San Francisco and the Marin Headlands before and after school. He attended Cuesta Junior College in San Luis Obispo for 2 years and specialized in surfing. He returned to the bay area and began working in roofing and construction. In 1999 he decided to move into guiding full time and in 2001 attended the Clearwater Guide School that was run by Dick Galland. Billy has been with Clearwater for 8 years and has had the opportunity to guide in Chile and has fished in New Zealand, Baja, and El Salvador.

Billy is known for his hard work ethic and easy going personality that works well with experienced anglers and beginners. He currently spends over 250 days a year on the water guiding and fishing.

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