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Fly Fishing Faire

Fly Fishing Event coming to Bishop

A new and exciting event is coming to the Tri-County Fairgrounds in Bishop next month – the South West Council Fly Fishing Faire! The Faire is slated for Friday, October 16th through Sunday, October 18th and promises something for anglers of all ages and all skill levels.

The Southwest Council of The International Federation of Fly Fishers is a non-profit organization that works to promote the sport through education, conservation and fellowship. The purpose of the Fly Fishing Faire is to bring more awareness to the sport, help people improve their skills, and highlight the Eastern Sierra as a world-class, year-round fly fishing destination.

Fly Fishing Faire highlights include beginning fly fishing classes, fly tying classes, casting instruction, rod building, rigging, on the water outings, vendors, informational displays, clinics and seminars provided by experts from near and far. There will even be programs designed specifically for kids and ladies.

In addition to fly fishing fun, Faire attendees may enjoy an art or gardening class, photography tour, guided downtown mural walk or take a tour of Laws Railroad Museum. There will be a special screening of the film “Manzanar Fishing Club” at the Inyo Council for the Arts theater. For the canine companions, a special rattlesnake avoidance class is also being offered.

Cost to attend the three-day Fly Fishing Faire is only $15 per person or $20 for the entire family. Many seminars are included with Faire admission, but some instructed classes require anadditional fee. Boy Scouts and Eastern Sierra Residents get discounted Faire admission.

Online registration is now open and you are encouraged to sign up now. While the Fly Fishing Faire is still a few weeks away, many classes have attendance limits and are expected to sell out. Check, then click on the Fly Fishing Faire box to go directly to the registration page.

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Otteson’s World Famous Turquoise in Tonopah!

Turquoise Mining, High-Quality Turquoise Jewelry, Mine Tours, and The Otteson Family

The Royston Mine is one of the last American mines in operation today.

And, an “awesome” day trip…

Otteson's World Famous Turquoise
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The Otteson story began with Lynn Otteson and family. In 1944 Lynn Otteson and family came to Nevada to mine Turquoise. He leased a Royston claim from Lee Hand, at that time there were a couple other claims being leased by other miners.

The Royston District covers several miles of mt. range which includes numerous claims, at that time Lee controlled approx. 30 claims in this district. The Otteson family has owned or leased claims in this district off and on for the past 60 years, with friends and family as partners. The Ottesons have mined and owned numerous claims in Nevada and Colorado.

We believe the Royston District near Tonopah, NV has produced some of the highest quality turquoise in the world.

While mining Grant Huntly in the 70’s Royston Turquoise was being sold to Tiffany’s of New York. Lynn believes that the Royston District is one of the best Turquoise mining areas in the world.

Originally the Royston mining district was controlled by Lee F. Hand. The Royston is a mining district in Nevada outside of Tonapah that originally consisted of four old Turquoise claims: Bunker Hill, Easter Blue, Oscar Wehrend, and Royal Blue.