Fault Lines: Best fishermen in U.S. angling for success at competition

Usually it’s so quiet at San Francisco Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club that you can hear a line drop. That’s not the case this week as the venerable casting pools in Golden Gate Park are the site of the American Casting Association’s 100th national tournament.

Some of the best known fly-casters in the country are participating, including Henry Mittel, Steve Rajeff and Chris Korich — all past champions — and officials say more than 100 contestants are on hand to show some reel magic.

The casting pools are located across the road from the bison paddock in Golden Gate Park, where the club has been operating since it was built in 1938. Fun facts: San Francisco has more championship casters at the Golden Gate club than any other in the world, and it’s the second-oldest club in the United States.

“It’s kind of a mecca for fly-casting,’’ said John Till, club vice president. And you can see it in action today and Saturday.

Just how popular is the fly-casting club? Among its members, it lists rocker Huey Lewis and San Francisco’s very own mayor, Gavin Newsom. It must be hip to be square.

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