Well, here it is "September. Where did the summer go? Gee
Whiz, time is passing faster and faster. So it is time to welcome you
all back to the indoor meetings. We will be scheduling some interesting
speakers for the coming year—the first one in will be in November.
Also, we hope to have someone demonstrating a particular fly for each
I hope by the time you read this that the weather has turned and the "second
season" of fishing is underway. I know that I am looking forward
to the fall fishing to make up for what little fishing I did during
the spring and summer. I cannot wait till the first meeting to see
you and hear all the stories. Hope you have pictures for the club slide
show in May.
Tight lines and screaming reels,
Doors open 6:30 PM
Rob Lurie will instruct and advise at the Back to Basics Table
Ed Shea will demonstrate a Gummi Fly
8 PM Announcements, Business
Raffle: Powell Switchback 5-7 Fly Reel
Powell Switchback 5-7 Fly Reel
Back to Basics Table
Rob Lurie’s Back to Basics table is for beginners—who
want to learn basic techniques--and experienced tyers who want to brush
up on techniques they don’t often use or have encountered problems
they’d like to solve. Stop by for as long as you’d like.
Sprinkled throughout this newsletter will be pictures of fish caught
Chuck McGovern’s Striper caught at Race
Last May’s Casting Clinic
It was raining. And trying to find a pond—among all those new,
expensive RVs at the New England RV Superstore’s 30th Anniversary
Jamboree at Normandy Farms in Foxboro—was a little weird. Once
you got there, though, the fishing was great. People were catching
decent-sized trout on about one out of every five to ten casts—especially
after Rob Lurie arrived with his famous Marabou Leech.
Rob's was orange and yellow.
Though, to my knowledge, only one person came for casting practice—Howie
got a lesson from Rob, who’s a certified fly casting instructor.
But there was fishing instruction: Ed Shea, and maybe some other people,
gave spin fishing tips to kids who came for the RV show.
Ed Shea also caught a five pound bass.
Joel Kessler’s Utah trout.
Any one interested in sponsoring a club trip for the fall--see
Armand’s first pike on a fly rod.
What They’re Saying
In the fall issue of Fly Fishing in Salt Water,
Steve Rajeff offers good advice on making tight loops: First, practice
often on a lawn or in the water. One good exercise is to see how
narrow a loop you can form by casting at a comfortable distance (35
to 40 feet) and keeping the tip high during the back and forward
strokes. Then, little by little increasingly bend your wrist—and
therefore the arc through which the rod tip travels—to widen
the loop. Finally make an intentional trailing loop by punching the
rod forward. These exercises will make you more conscious of your
casting technique until the correct method becomes part of your muscle
Another cause of tailing loops is failing to complete
the line and leader turnover at either end of the false cast. Turn
your head to follow your cast to get a better sense of timing and
watch the line straighten on the back cast to prevent tailing loops,
improve the rod load, and gain the extra power you need to overcome
Frank McLaughlin holding onto a 30-40 inch salmon
in the Margaree River in Nova Scotia. He will cross the high water
and bring it within 6 feet of the far bank before the salmon jumps
for the 4th time and bends open the hook.
Mike Cree catches a small bluefish but looks pretty happy. This was
the only picture he took over his eventful summer.
Misty morning on Sherman Lake, Warrensburg, NY, last
week of August--George Forte and Peter doing all the work.