Welcome Friends!

FAOL Summer Fish-In 1999

By Deanna Birkholm, Publisher FAOL

As promised, here are the details on this year's FAOL Fish-In. This is a group gathering, everyone responsible for their own expenses - no fees or registration to Fly Anglers OnLine. Just a chance to meet cyber friends who enjoy fly fishing, cast a line or two, and play with the fish! There is a rumor that J Castwell and the LadyFisher will hold a casting clinic for folks interested in improving their casting. Free of course!

DATE: Third week in June, June 12 -20th.
WHERE: Crooked Creek Resort, Hill City, South Dakota

This is the place

RESERVATIONS: 1-800-252-8486 (Make sure you tell the folks at Crooked Creek you are with the Fly Anglers On Line group - they have given us a nice discount!)


We chose Crooked Creek for the variety of accomodations available, and the proximity to great fishing! They have a campground with 78 RV sites, 75 tenting sites, 19 cabins, and 14 motel units. Some of the units have kitchenettes, motel and cabins have heat, air conditioning and TV. A covered shelter for cook-outs and an evening campfire is also available.

If you plan on making this a family event, there is an above ground, solar heated swimming pool, an arcade, basketball and vollyball courts, tether ball, swing sets, and a creek runs through the campground. Yes, it has fish in it! There is a hiking and biking trail adjoining the campground, and bike rentals are available.

Rates are very reasonable. Camp sites are a base rate of $18.00 per nite for up to 2 people. For 20amp W/E the rate is $21.00 per nite. W/E service is available through 50 amp.

Camping cabins are $44.00 per nite for up to four people. The cabins are $94.00 for up to 6 people. Motel units range from $59 - $69. Something, we hope for every budget.

For more information on the area, (including which flys to bring) visit the Black Hills Fishing web site.

We are planning some evening events, including a meal or two, although Al Campbells tells us there is a super restaurant in Hill City, (The Alpine Inn) two miles from our digs.

If you are planning on joining the FAOL Fish-In, if for the week or just a couple of days, we would sure like to know. Send me an email and I'll add your name to our "I'm Going" list! The list will be available from this page only. Look forward to seeing you there!

I'm Going List

To see the wonderful water we can fish close to Crooked Creek Campground, click here!

We have a offer from a 'local' which you may wish to follow up:

By the way, if you folks or anyone need to mail some gear down, rather than lug it through the airlines, I can receive it and bring it up to Crooked Creek CG (within the capabilities of my Grand Cherokee's back end). This will involve some trust from both parties, but it may prove very useful to some...

Folks can best reach me at my email to set this up so I know what to expect.

My mail and home address is:

Brad Bentson
4229 Range View Court
Rapid City, SD, 57701.
Home phone w/ recorder is (605) 399-1744

Another possibility...I can rent a canoe or small 14' fishing powerboat at the base for one weekend if anyone's really interested in showing me how to flyfish a lake from a boat..?

Please do spread this around with the regulars, or add it to the info page. So far we seem to have a good group of folks, and I'm not too defensive about my personal info.

See y'all there!
Brad Bentson,
a.k.a. B2

Make your plans to join us - we'll have a great time in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

~ Deanna Birkholm

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