Scarborough Fly & Bait Casting Association
23 Willowhurst Crescent, Scarborough  Ontario M1R 3R7
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 THE REEL THING                                                                             April 1990


                                                Well it's April the first
                        And Spring's finally here.
                        But there'll be more snow, yet.
                        Of that, have no fear.

                                                 It's been a great winter
                        Our club's doing just fine!
                        You can say, if you think for a moment,
                        "Hey! That Scarborough club's mine.

                                                 The casting is going wonderfully.
                        The fly tying has been great.
                        And soon we'll all be on the water
                        Sealing a fish, or two's, fate.

                                                Well enough of all this nonsense.
                        Let's get down to the nitty gritty,
                        Cause when it comes to writing poetry,
                      Some think my writing's .....y!

            Well, it was either an April Fool's Joke to lead off this editiion of the Reel Thing, or the above.  Sorry about that!

            The ice fishing season is kaput for this year and it was a bang-up winter for a number of our members but especially John Alexander who made quite a dent in the rainbows, speckles and lake trout in upper Haliburton.  John is hoping he can carry over his good fortunes into the soft water seasons coming up.

            We would like to offer a big welcome to our newest members, Tom and his lovely wife, Pat, Henderson.  Tom brings great credentials to our association with his experience as a fishing pro with the Berkeley Tackle Company and his successes last year in the Toronto Star Salmon Derby.  Tom captured a thirty- seven pound Chinook to win the first segment of that contest and the boat, motor, trailer, trip and so on that went with it.  Congratulations, Tom!  Both Tom and Pat have already shown tremendous enthusiasm for our club and its activities.

            How about a big round of applause for our casting team of Sheila Deval, Debbie Osborne, Fred Bigioni, Jim Lee, Rod Sills, Leon Schwartz, Peter Durnford and Paulo Conceico.  These guys and gals kept up our winning tradition at the annual Canadian National Sportsmens' Show with a first, second, third, several fourths and fifth places in both the fly casting, spinning and bait casting events.  We can be proud of their efforts and look forward to much more of the same.  I am especially proud of Sheila's beautiful trophy and the highest competitive score she has achieved to date. Sheila beat several ladies who have been casting alomst as long as I have.  Way to go Babe!                                                 

            There are still one or two openings for our ice-out Trout fishing trip to A/B Lake coming up on the last weekend of April.  $95.00 covers pretty well everything for this, my favourite fishing trip of the year.

            Other trips tentatively planned for this season will be a camping-fishing trip, also to A/B Lake, handicapped kids fishing trip and of course our fall trip for Rainbow Trout.  Some of us will also be going on a combined casting and fishing trip to the Catskills in New York in August.  Casting-wise, there will be trips to Ohio, Kentucky, New York, Missouri, and California for the National.  If you have any intention, at all, in attending any of these competitions, or trying out for the Candian team which will represent Canada in France at the World Championships, please let me know as soon as possible.  There may be some subsidies available for those casters who are serious and qualify for this help.

            In my estimation, the trip to California can be handled for between $600.00 and $800.00 per caster.  If you qualify, you may be eligible to recover 25% of your travel and accomodation costs.

The World Games trip to France will run somewhere between $800.00 and $1,200.00 per caster.  If any of our members have any ideas that might be helpful in raising money to help our better casters attend these tournaments, please call me as soon as possible.

            I have put together a list of items required to get into fly tying that is available to our members upon request.  Also, in answer to a number of queries about 'places to fish' I've compiled a list of my favourite Trout 'Hotspots' with a cross-reference on both species and seasons....yours, for the asking.

            We are still going strong with our indoor programme at Samuel Hearne School and should be there until about the middle of May, or whenever they put the water in the pool at the Civic Centre.  However, as far as I can determine at this time the school will be closed on Easter Monday, April 16.  If you haven't been able to attend these sessions for awhile, then perhaps this is the time (fishin's coming up soon) to come out for an evening or two to hone your skills and find out who's fishing where and with what, and so on.

            Our own tournament, The Scarborough Fly and Bait Casting 'Fish House' Championships will be here before you know it....June 2nd & 3rd.  We must have assistance with this one!  We cannot always count on other clubs to provide us with the help we need.  Please put aside this weekend for your club!  We need you to cast in the games and to give us a hand with running this tournament.  There are awards for both "A" class and "B" class casters, along with some great merchandise awards for just about everybody.

            I have heard nothing but superlatives from those members from our club who have been fortunate enough to have dined out at our sponsor's restaurant.  If you haven't had the chance to eat at the FISH HOUSE RESTAURANT yet, then you don't know what you're missing.  It was voted as the best 'seafood restaurant' in Toronto by Gourmet Magazine.