Friday, January 27, 2012

Learn about fly fishing in Asia

Bryant Dunn to give repeat presentation of Himalayan adventure


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Bryant Dunn, owner of Sun Valley Outfitters, shows off a golden mahseer he caught in Bhutan in 2007. Courtesy photo

Anglers who want something more exotic in their fishing adventures can learn about fly fishing in Bhutan at the next monthly meeting of the Hemingway Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Bryant Dunn, owner of Sun Valley Outfitters, a local company that routinely provides hunting and fishing excursions closer to home and in faraway locations, will talk about fishing with flies and streamers to catch brown and snow trout and chocolate and golden mahseer at the Trout Unlimited meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the Roosevelt Grille in Ketchum.

The meeting is set to run from 5-7 p.m. It is open to the public and admission is free.

Dunn's presentation is a back-by-popular-demand repeat of a Trout Unlimited presentation he gave on the same subject in 2009.

Bob Law, Hemingway Chapter treasurer and spokesman, said Dunn's earlier presentation was the most well attended and one of the most popular Trout Unlimited shows ever held.

"This is certain to be an interesting and inspiring program, one not to miss," Law said. "I think this would appeal to a very general audience, since it includes both interesting commentary and dramatic photos of exotic Bhutan."

Law said Dunn's presentation, in addition to providing information on fishing in Bhutan, will also focus on the culture of the country, including its temples, jungles, rivers, flora, fauna and people.

The Kingdom of Bhutan is a landlocked country in the Himalayas, sandwiched between its much larger neighbors India and China.

In a Jan. 7, 2009, story in the Idaho Mountain Express, Dunn described how he first visited Bhutan in 2007 to explore the country's fishing opportunities and river systems. He said then that fly fishing was something the Bhutanese people had never seen before, nor had the fish he caught ever had any experience with the technique.

"Not a single trout I caught had ever seen a fly before," Dunn said. "At one point, an entire village watched me fish. Many Bhutanese people had never seen Westerners or Caucasians before."

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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