February Meeting Notes:

The February meeting was not one of our typical meetings. Unfortunately the guest speaker cancelled due to illness. But the slack was picked up by Joe Conner who gave a great demonstration presentation on tying various dry fly patterns. This presentation was very well received and the Board is encouraging other members to come forward and provide other fly fishing demonstrations.

 

There were 2 new members elected into the club in February. They were Stewart Scham and Lyle Chrisman. Please take a moment at our next meeting to welcome our new members.

 

Our newly elected President Eric Sauer (who is on his second term) handed out copies of the Clubs Constitution and By Laws as well as a copy of the upcoming calendar of events for this year. The calendar will be posted on the website if you were not able to attend the meeting in February.

 

Mike Bunney, Club Treasurer presented the state of affairs from the Club Treasury. The Club currently has a surplus balance of $14,822 as of 1/31/05. The Board will be making recommendations to the Membership on various programs that might benefit from donations by the Club.

 

The next order of business was presented by Club President, Eric Sauer. Eric handed out a letter which provided background information on the Officer Incentive proposal that was voted on by the members attending the January meeting. He then opened up

 

The Tightline

Olympic Fly Fishers of Edmonds Volume 4 Issue 3 March 2005

Club meetings:

The 2nd Wednesday of every month @

South County Senior Cntr.

220 Railroad Avenue

Edmonds, WA

Social hr @ 6:00 PM

 

Club Board Meetings:

The 4th Wednesday of every month @

Alfis

196th Avenue

Lynwood, WA

Dinner @ 7:00 PM

 

 

Annual Club dues are due by March 31st.

$30.00 Please pay Mike Bunney at the March meeting. Members who do not pay by this date will be taken off the roster.

NOTE:

If anyone is able to provide Eli with transportation to and from the monthly meetings, please see Dick Hedges.

MEMBRS:

Norm Primc wanted to pass on a note that there are still 2 fly rods for sale from the auctions.

 

1 Sage XP 4-90, 2pc

1 Sage XP 6-90, 2pc

 

Both rods retail for $600 each and the Club is looking to sell them for a minimum price of $350.00. If you are interested in purchasing one of these beautiful rods, please contact Norm Primc.

Dick Galland

Tackle | Short-line Nymphing | In-line Indicator Nymphing | Puffball Nymphing | Rubber-band Puffball Rig

Nothing increases your fly-fishing success faster than mastering the basics of nymphing. Nymphing is a fundamentally simple process that involves presenting a fly in a natural manner at the trout's feeding depth and detecting the moment the trout takes that fly.

A trout's life depends on taking in more energy than it expends getting food. In moving water, it will not move far for a meal. Thus the ideal nymph presentation asks the trout only to open its mouth. This is achieved by reading the water to locate the most likely holding areas, adjusting the weight on the leader to ensure the nymph is always near the bottom, and carefully controlling the drift.

Beginning anglers often wonder where to start nymph fishing on a new stream. Here's a trick: Consider the current as an underwater cafeteria line, only instead of the fish moving to the food, the food comes to the fish. To identify this underwater cafeteria line, draw an imaginary line down the center of the main current. This line carries the greatest amount of food and most fish are in close proximity to it. Then consider a trout's other two requirements in moving water-relief from the current and shelter from danger-and you'll know where to begin. Target the edges of eddies, slower-water seams, and deep runs that neighbor the main current. Trout swim out, take a food item, and return to cover.

Wherever you decide to fish, remember that in moving water you need enough current to keep your fly, leader, and indicator moving. Otherwise you are unable to detect the take.

Tackle
An ideal nymphing setup is a 9-foot rod, floating line, 71/2-foot leader tapered to 4X or 5X, spools of 4X, 5X, and 6X tippet, various sizes of split-shot (I prefer the removable, reusable ones with molded ears), strike indicators, and polarized glasses. A long rod provides a better lever for casting weight and offers a long reach for line control.

One instructor at the Clearwater House fly-fishing school likes to hold up his wading staff and his plastic container of split-shot and proclaim to his students, "These are what catch fish in freestone water!" He means that successful nymph fishers wade into the right position to make the best presentation and use enough weight to get the fly into the trout's feeding zone. When asked how much weight, this same instructor answers, "One less split-shot than hangs up on the bottom with every drift." He is not being facetious. It's crucial to get the nymph to where the fish are and keep it there through the drift. A wading staff and split-shot are indispensable tools.

 


Dick Galland is a Fly Fisherman editor-at-large. He owns and operates Clearwater House (www.clearwatertrout.com) on Northern California's Hat Creek.

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A 3 Part Series of articles on the basic of nymph fishing

the discussion which eventually lead to the tabling of the Resolution that was voted upon by the members. There was a very good discussion surrounding the issue of getting more members involved in officer positions. Many members stood and presented their ideas. The following recommendation was presented by Jack Byrd:

 

The Club adopt an annual budget.

The Club assemble an Officer Nominating Committee

Provide an incentive only to elected officers.

 

The nominating committee was an idea presented during the January meeting by Perry Barth. A vote was taken and 21 members voted to adopt a Nominating Committee. Don Summers and Jack Byrd volunteered to be members.

 

During the most recent Board Meeting (which was one of the best attend Board meetings in a long time!) President Eric Sauer presented updated descriptions of the various positions occupied by Club members on the Board of Directors. Eric asked that we review these descriptions and return to him any recommended changes. In addition, Eric also proposed the creations of 3 new Chairmen positions: Outings Chair, Conservation Chair, and Education Chair. There was considerable discussion surrounding these new Chairmen positions. The item was never resolved other than to continue the discussion at the next Board meeting.

March Meeting Guest Speaker

 

Terry Deeny will be our guest speaker for the March meeting.

 

Terry is retired from the underground utility business, Deeny Construction, that his son now runs.  He is the ex-president of the national Associated General Contractor Association as well.  He is an avid hunter and fisherman that has fly fished through out the world for all species of fish.  Terry is going to share some of his stories and adventures that he has undertaken over the years.  There is more to fly fishing than trout and salmon. 

February Club Trip, Skykomish River

By Eric Sauer, OFF Club President

 

The Skykomish River did not give up any fish on this trip, but the trip, by all other measures, was a success. The skys were sunny and the river was gorgeous. A total of ten members participated. Four others who had signed up for the trip had to cancel out for various reasons.

 

We met at Petosas Restaurant in Monroe at 7 am Sunday morning and enjoyed a leisurely breakfast with good companions and conversation. I had not had a good chance previously to get to know Bill MacDonald, Mike Truax, and Hal Rowe so we used that time for that purpose. Unbeknownst to most, it was Hals birthday, his 45th I think! (Sonny Tremoulet said he hopes to look as good at 45; but, I digress!).

 

We split up after breakfast and Norm Primc took four, including himself, to explore the lower and middle river on foot. They first went to the Tualco Loop access and, later, to the Two Bit Hole. Im told by an unreliable source (Ken Martin) that Ken briefly had a fish on. Norm and Ken headed for home in mid afternoon. Bill MacDonald and Mike Truax headed up river to the North Fork near Index to chase rumors of fish there. No one has heard from them since!

 

I and five other members launched in two drift boats from the Sportsmans Park in Sultan, Hal and Sonny in my boat, Bud Camandona and Mike Bunney in Joe Connors boat. The sun was out and we all enjoyed the float. Around 1 pm we encountered Norm and his group fishing the Two Bit Hole. Although Norm, Bill, and Mike all greeted us, Ken was so intent on his fishing he didnt even realize we were there until we were leaving. Shortly after leaving Norm and co. we pulled up on a large island. The guys fished both channels while lunch was prepared. Lunch was a beef stew with all of the extras heated over a camp stove. Oddly, while eating lunch, the sky opened up and dumped hail on us for about five minutes. This was the only bad weather we encountered.

 

Two in our group employed unusual equipment. Sonny brought a spey rod which everyone had to try out. Bud brought, well.., lets just describe it as an indicator rig.

 

In all, the trip was a lot of fun. Ask anyone who went. When the opportunity arises again, I encourage you to go. The fellowship on these club trips cant be beat!

 

OLYMPIC FLY FISHERS OF EDMONDS

2005 Calendar of Events

 

 

March 1 (Tue) Session 7, Introduction to Fly Tying, Anderson Center, 7 pm - 9 pm

2 (Wed) Fly Tying Round Table, location open, 7 pm - 9 pm

8 (Tue) Session 8, Introduction to Fly Tying, Anderson Center, 7 pm - 9 pm

9 (Wed) General Membership Meeting, So. County Senior Center, 6 - 9 pm

Terry Deeny, fishing around the world.

Re Scheduled 12 (Sat) Olympic Penninsula Fly Fishing Expo, Fort Warden Commons

Building, Port Townsend, 10 am - 5 pm

New Date 19 (Sat) Club Trip, Yakima River with Joe Connor

23 (Wed) Business Meeting, Alfys Pizza, 4820 196th St SW, Lynnwood, 7 pm

New Date 26 (Sat) Olympic Penninsula Fly Fishing Expo, Jefferson County Fairgrounds,

9 am - 5 pm

Moved to April Club Trip, Lake Lenice w/Don Summers, Dates not determined

 

31 Members with unpaid 2005 dues dropped from the Membership Roster

April

New Date 1 (Fri) Club Trip, Lake Lenice with Don Summers

2 (Sat)

3 (Sun)

Moved to Mar 2 (Sat) Club Trip, Yakima River with Joe Connor

6 (Wed) Fly Tying Round Table, location open, 7 pm - 9 pm

13 (Wed) General Membership Meeting, So. County Senior Center, 6 - 9 pm

Bob Jateff, WDFW Biologist

27 (Wed) Business Meeting, Alfys Pizza, 4820 196th St SW, Lynnwood, 7 pm

30 (Sat) Club Trip, Blue Lake (East Okanagon) with Dan Holman

 

May 1 (Sun) Club Trip, Blue Lake (East Okanagon) with Dan Holman

4 (Wed) Fly Tying Round Table, location open, 7 pm - 9 pm

(Wed) General Membership Meeting, So. County Senior Center, 6 - 9 pm

Jim Kerr, Puget Sound Angling

25 (Wed) Business Meeting, Alfys Pizza, 4820 196th St SW, Lynnwood, 7 pm

27 (Fri) Club Trip, Corbett Lake, B.C. with Steve Murray

28 (Sat)

29 (Sun)

30 (Mon)

 

June 1 (Wed) Fly Tying Round Table, location open, 7 pm - 9 pm

Re Scheduled 7 (Tue) Session 1, Beginning Fly Fishing, Anderson Field, 7 pm - 9 pm

8 (Wed) General Membership Meeting, So. County Senior Center, 6 - 9 pm

Program not yet determined

Re Scheduled 14 (Tue) Session 2, Beginning Fly Fishing, Anderson Field, 7 pm - 9 pm

21 (Tue) Session 1, Beginning Fly Fishing, Anderson Field, 7 pm - 9 pm

22 (Wed) No Board Meeting

28 (Tue) Session 2, Beginning Fly Fishing, Anderson Field, 7 pm - 9 pm

 

July 5 (Tue) Session 3, Beginning Fly Fishing, Anderson Field, 7 pm - 9 pm

6 (Wed) Fly Tying Round Table, location open, 7 pm - 9 pm

12 (Tue) Session 4, Beginning Fly Fishing, Anderson Field, 7 pm - 9 pm

13 (Wed) No General Membership Meeting

19 (Tue) Session 5, Beginning Fly Fishing, On the water, 7 pm - 9 pm

27 (Wed) Business Meeting, Alfys Pizza, 4820 196th St SW, Lynnwood, 7 pm

 

August 3 (Wed) Fly Tying Round Table, location open, 7 pm - 9 pm

10 (Wed) General Membership Meeting, Picnic Location TBA, 6 - 9 pm

No Guest Program

24 (Wed) Business Meeting, Alfys Pizza, 4820 196th St SW, Lynnwood, 7 pm

 

September 7 (Wed) Fly Tying Round Table, location open, 7 pm - 9 pm

9 (Fri) Club Trip, Ala Spit for Pink Salmon with Dan Reynolds

14 (Wed) General Membership Meeting, So. County Senior Center, 6 - 9 pm

Nomination of club Officers

Program not yet determined

28 (Wed) Business Meeting, Alfys Pizza, 4820 196th St SW, Lynnwood, 7 pm

 

October 5 (Wed) Fly Tying Round Table

12 (Wed) General Membership Meeting, So. County Senior Center, 6 - 9 pm

Nomination of club Officers

Program not yet determined

26 (Wed) Business Meeting, Alfys Pizza, 4820 196th St SW, Lynnwood, 7 pm

All Month Club Trip, Grande Ronde River w/Don Summers & Gene Anthony

 

November 2 (Wed) Fly Tying Round Table, location open, 7 pm - 9 pm

9 (Wed) General Membership Meeting, So. County Senior Center, 6 - 9 pm

Final nominations & election of Officers

Program not yet determined

18 (Fri) Club Trip, Chico Creek for Chum Salmon with Dan Reynolds

23 (Wed) Business Meeting, Alfys Pizza, 4820 196th St SW, Lynnwood, 7 pm

 

December 7 (Wed) Fly Tying Round Table, location open, 7 pm - 9 pm

14 (Wed) Christmas Dinner and Auction

28 (Wed) Business Meeting, Alfys Pizza, 4820 196th St SW, Lynnwood, 7 pm

 

 

* All dates and locations are tentative and subject to change.**

Updated 02-28-05

 

PRESS RELEASE

The New Fly Fisher nature and fly fishing show and the Federation of Fly Fishers have joined forces to co-produce an educational television series for Public Television. Like other top-rated PBS instructional series such as This Old House and The New Yankee Workshop, The New Fly Fisher will be dedicated to helping people learn more about fly fishing and the benefits fly fishers bring to conserving and restoring sport fisheries.

 

"Taped throughout the United States and Canada, this series will help novice and veteran fly fishers improve their skills," said Colin McKeown, producer of The New Fly Fisher. By using visually stunning videography combined with detailed graphics, animations and revealing underwater clips, shows will be highly informative and entertaining. Each episode features renowned fly fishers, authors, biologists and top regional guides who assist viewers in gaining a better understanding of aquatic ecology and various strategies and tactics to help them gain greater enjoyment from fly fishing.

 

"The mandate of the Federation of Fly Fishers is to EDUCATE, TRAIN, and INSPIRE new generations of fly fishers," said FFF Executive Director Jim Rainey. "Partnering with The New Fly Fisher is a tremendous opportunity for FFF to advance our goal of getting more anglers to make a lifetime commitment to fly fishing, thereby creating legions of new conservation-minded stewards for our sport fisheries." And because the show will include segments on saltwater fly fishing off the Texas coast, smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing in warmwater rivers and lakes, and rainbow trout fishing on the Bow River, it will provide a perfect complement to the FFF motto, All Fish, All Waters. "Episodes will illustrate basic and advanced fly fishing methodologies for coldwater, warmwater, and saltwater game fish," said Gary Grant, FFF President. "Fly fishing is not just for trout."

 

The New Fly Fisher currently appears in Canada on the Outdoor Life Network and CBC. It is broadcast on Public Television in the United States and soon can be viewed on The Sportsman Channel. Total household viewership of The New Fly Fisher is estimated at over 44 million households and growing. There are 26 episodes produced for each season and with repeats that will represent a 52-week-a-year market penetration on the nation's largest educational network plus outdoor cable and satellite channels. The New Fly Fisher represents tremendous advertising and promotion opportunities for sponsors and underwriters.

 

Learn more about the series by visiting: www.thenewflyfisher.com. Or contact The New Fly Fisher producer Colin McKeown or FFF VP/Marketing Ron Cordes.

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