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Questions about events and businesses in Bishop? Visit the Bishop Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau.

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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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CA State Rodeo Finals return to Bishop

CHSRA Finals are June 16th-19th

The best of the best in California High School Rodeo will gather in Bishop for the State Finals Rodeo June 15th-19th.  The top competitors in the Golden States 9 districts will battle for a spot at the National finals.  Nightly rodeo action at Bishop’s Tri-County Fairgrounds begins Tuesday, June 16th with the Opening Ceremony at 7pm.  The Tuesday Rodeo kicks off the themed nights with Patriotic night.  All are invited to wear their red, white and blue.

Wednesday, June 17th is Family night with the 7pm rodeo performance.  A family discount makes the Wednesday night rodeo a can’t miss for local rodeo fans.

Thursday, June 18th is Cancer Awareness Night.  The high school rodeo asks you, “Are you tough enough to wear pink?”   Thursday night at the rodeo is also a chance for those with special needs to participate in a rodeo at 5pm on the lawn near the home economics building at the Tri-County Fairgrounds.  The 7pm rodeo will mark the end of the 2nd go, along with the Senior Introductions and Farewell.

Friday, June 19th is Senior Citizen Night.  At 6pm there will be a crowning of a new state Rodeo Queen followed by the final rodeo performance, the short go, with the top 15 in action.

The best of the best will move on to the National Finals in Rock Springs, Wyoming July 12th through the 18th.

Cover Photo, Rachael Lee Asbell, Miss California High School Rodeo

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2015 Blake Jones a success


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The weather could not have been more beautiful at Pleasant Valley Reservoir, just north of Bishop this past Saturday for the 48th Annual Blake Jones Trout Derby. The Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau welcomed over 800 anglers to compete for more than $10,000 in prizes at this year’s event. Over 1,300 fish were caught with several lunkers weighing over 7lbs!  The secret “Blind Bogey” fish weighed in at 9 ounces, with many anglers in that category competing for the blind bogey raffle prizes.
The lucky winner of the Blind Bogey Grand Prize was Susie Carlton of Pinion Hills. She won a package including a float tube from Northfork Outdoors plus loads and loads of great tackle & gear!

Other Blind Bogey winners also received fantastic prize packages: Jackson Saivea (Buena Park), Vincent Norte (Banning), Levi Williams (Bishop), Bruce Walker (Orange County), Chet Jenkins (Bishop), Grace Henze (Irvine), Matthew Romero (Los Angeles) and Ryan Kiddo (Bishop).

Prizes in the “Big Fish” category were awarded to: Thomas Nieto (Newbury Park) – 12 lbs. 8oz; Sam Blum (Bishop) – 10 lbs. 12oz., and Lianne Parker (Glendora) – 7lbs. 12oz.

Many prizes were also awarded to children. Kids’ 1st Place Winner was Ethan Williams, Jr. (Bishop). Ethan took home a loaded fishing package including a rod & reel combo, bait, tackle & great gift certificates.

Since 1968, the Blake Jones Trout Derby has proven to be a favorite event for locals and visitors alike. The derby is organized by the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau with the help of dozens of sponsors and a small army of dedicated volunteers. “We would never be able to host such a wonderful event without the support of our community and generous prize donors,” states April Leeson, Chamber Events Coordinator. “Inyo County provides financial assistance through the Community Project Sponsorship Program and we are very grateful to the City of Bishop Parks & Recreation Crew for help with the heavy lifting,” adds Tawni Thomson.

Sponsors of the 2015 Blake Jones Trout Derby Include: Alpine Signs/395 Store, Adventure in Camping, Alta One Federal Credit Union, Ashley Furniture, Bee Gee Beauty Supply, Berkley, Bishop Creek Lodge, Bishop Nursery, Bishop Twin Theater, Bishop Veterinary Hospital, Bishop Village Motel, Bite-On, Blakemore TTI, Body & Soul, Brown’s Supply/ Brown’s Town, CA Department of Fish & Wildlife, CDF/Owens Valley Camp, City of Bishop, Comfort Inn, County of Inyo, Culver’s Sporting Goods, Davidson Taxidermy, Desert Springs Trout Farm, Double Eagle Resort, Dr. Slick, Eagle Claw, Erick Schat’s Bakkery, Fish Story Lori, Fish Taco Chronicles, Fisherman’s Landing, Gillespie Distributing, Gypsy King Tattoo, Hendrix, High Country Lumber, High Sierra Containers/West Coast Barns & Sheds, High Sierra Distributing, Holy Smoke Texas BBQ, Home Lumber, Imperial Gourmet, Inland Aquaculture, Inyo Mono Title, Jack in the Box, Joseph’s Bi-Rite Market, Keough’s Hot Springs, Kmart, La Casita, Lake Mary Marina, LaQuinta, Looney Bean, Los Angeles Dept of Water & Power, Macs Sporting Goods, Main Street Trading Company, Mammoth Brewing Company, Manor Market, McDonald’s , McMurry’s, Meadow Farms Smokehouse, Mountain Title Company, Mule Days Celebration, New Cali Landscapes, Northern Inyo Hospital, Northfork Outdoors, Paiute Palace Casino, The Petite Pantry, Pizza 395, Preferred Septic & Disposal, Protroll, Rainbow Pack Outfit, Reagan’s Sporting Goods, Rite Way Pool & Spa, Rusty’s, Sage to Summit, Save-On, Sierra Black Diamond Limo, Suddenlink, The Toggery, Tom’s Place, The Trees Motel, Turner’s Outdoors, The Video Place, Western Nevada Supply and Wright & McGill.

The Bishop Chamber extends extra thanks to Harold Reuter and the fish weighing crew, Burt Brown and Steve Ivey for running the shuttle truck, announcer Chuck Kilpatrick, Inyo County Probation Community Service Workers, Shannon Romero of Mountain Apparel, Ray Robles of Berkley and everyone else who helped and participated in the derby. “We’re already looking forward to 2016!” notes April Leeson.

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Blake Jones Trout Derby

Make Plans now for the Blake Jones Trout Derby

The Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau is already preparing for the very popular Blake Jones Trout Derby. They are encouraging everyone to save the date…Saturday, March 14th. Since 1968, the Blake Jones Trout Derby has been a favorite event for local and visiting anglers and this year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever!

Derby headquarters will be at Pleasant Valley Reservoir, 8 miles north of Bishop. The contest is a “blind bogey” competition, so everyone has equal chance to win. Each registered participant may enter up to five fish and if any fish matches the blind bogey weight, they’ll be entered into a raffle to win great prizes. There are categories for adults and kids; additional prizes are awarded just for participating. Prize packages include rod & reel combos, float tubes, tackle, gift certificates for local restaurants & retailers, and much, much more. Typically, more than $10,000 worth of prizes is given away!

Prior to the derby, Pleasant Valley Reservoir and the Owens River will be heavily stocked with rainbow trout. California Department of Fish and Wildlife will plant fish and the chamber has made arrangements with Desert Springs Trout Farm to plant more than 700 pounds of fish. As if that’s not enticing enough, Inland Aquaculture is also on board to stock over 400 pounds of trophy size trout in the 7 to 14 pound range.

The Bishop Chamber is now accepting registrations at an “early bird” discount through February 15th. Adult fee is just $10 and children under 12 can register for just $5. After February 15th, adult fee will be $15 and kids $7. Contestants may also pre-order Blake Jones commemorative t-shirts.

Thanks to the generous co-sponsorship of Erick Schat’s Bakkery, the chamber has added a separate raffle offering a brand new Dave Scadden Paddleboard! Raffle tickets are just $5 each or 5 for $20. The winning raffle ticket will be chosen at the Blake Jones Derby, but winner need not be present.

The annual Blake Jones Trout Derby is organized by the Bishop Chamber with support of the City of Bishop, County of Inyo, dozens of generous prize sponsors and dedicated volunteers.

For more information, stop by the Bishop Chamber – 690 N. Main Street or call (760)873-8405. Visit online at

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Mule Days Concert Set

Brenn Hill to Headline 2015 Mule Days Concert

The Bishop Mule Days Celebration is pleased to announce that Western singer/songwriter Brenn Hill will headline the 2015 Mule Days concert.  The concert is set for Thursday, May 21st, 7:30 p.m. in the Charles Brown Auditorium at the Tri-County Fairgrounds.   Mule Days officials note, “Hill doesn’t just sing about the American West, he reveals its heart to anyone who will take the time to listen.”  His most recent release, “Ode To Selway,” like each of his prior recordings, serves as a pathway into and through his own personal journey. Hill is not just an observer or narrator of the Western story, but one of its strongest interpreters. Life’s trials and tribulations are his raw material.
Hill’s career spans 10 recordings of mostly all self-penned music and nearly two decades on-the-road. He has won numerous industry awards and accolades, and resides with his wife and three children in Hooper, Utah.
Tickets for the concert, and all Mule Days events, go on sale Monday, Feb. 2nd at 8:30 a.m. at the Mule Days office, 1141 N. Main St., Bishop.
Like his 2014 predecessors, cowboy entertainer Dave Stamey and cowboy poet Baxter Black, Brenn Hill’s performance works best when he has close interaction with the audience. For that reason, the Mule Days Executive Committee opted to continue with its more intimate offering in the Charles Brown Auditorium. Seating will be limited to 900, an increase of 100 seats from last year.

Concert tickets are $25 per person, or $45 for VIP. The VIP tickets include preferred seating and access to a “Meet-and-Greet” reception with Hill prior to the concert. VIP tickets are limited to 150 total. Last year the VIP tickets sold out prior to the event, so Mule Days organizers suggest purchasing early in order to avoid disappointment.
The Bishop Mule Days concert is presented by Justin Boots and KIBS-FM, 100.7 FM.
For more information about Brenn Hill, please visit his website, For more information about Bishop Mule Days, call (760) 872-4263.

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