Scarborough Fly & Bait Casting Association
23 Willowhurst Crescent, Scarborough  Ontario M1R 3R7
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 THE REEL THING                                                                                August 2002


          Sheila and I got back near midnight last night after participating in the North American Championships all last week in Chicago.  In temperatures fluctuating around a hundred degrees Fahrenheit we managed to collect a fist-full of medals and plaques in the Senior Men's division: the gold medal in the Single-Hand Distance Fly Casting with a cast of 178 feet (my best in fifteen years) to go with three silvers - 1/4 Ounce Spinning Distance, 259', Two-Hand 5/8th Ounce Distance, 354' and Two-Hand Salmon Fly Distance, 202'.  

        A bronze was the best I could produce in Single-Hand 5/8th Ounce Distance, 362'.  Two fourth place plaques rounded out the hardware courtesy of Anglers Fly Distance and Trout Fly Accuracy.

        My scores in the three Distance Fly disciplines (total footage - 514') were good enough to win the All-Round Senior Distance Flies Championship over second place winner, Zack Willson, Columbus, Ohio.  Zack’s total was 494'.

        Although experiencing considerable difficulty in the excessive heat, Sheila did manage a tie for eighth place in the ladies 5/8th ounce accuracy plugs against some of the best casters in Canada and the U.S.

        The tournament had over sixty competitors from a dozen casting associations and clubs including, of course, ours.  As usual, world champion, Steve Rajeff, was the overall all-round champion. Another highlight for us was going head to head against one of the best tournament casters in the world, Ulf Janson, who flew in from Stockholm, Sweden, for the competition with his wife, Lise-Lotte and their two children. All four participated as special guests of the American Casting Association and the Chicago club who hosted the week-long tournament. 

         Ulf is the president of the world governing body of casting, the International Casting Federation. Although I was lucky enough to best this superb caster in the distance games, I remained well behind him in most of the accuracy disciplines.

        The 2003 Championships will be held in San Francisco and with a number of fine casters rapidly improving their skills and results on the targets and distance field, we hope that there will be even more representation from our club and Scarborough in the annual competition next year in the Golden State. 

        Only a few more nights of casting left at the pond, then we will have a short hiatus until we move indoors to the gym at the Robert Service Sr. School again for the fall and winter season.  We will be there every second Thursday evening from six to 8:30.  The schedule for the fly tying and rod building sessions has yet to be finalised, but it will be on Tuesdays once again and we’ll let you know shortly what date we will begin.  It would be a great help if everyone planning on participating in the shop program would let me know as soon as possible.  We have a limited stock of bamboo and it will have to be on a first-come, first-served basis.  Hopefully we will have Leon back in his previous role as the feather-meister to take charge of the fly tying sessions.

          Not a great deal to report on the fishing front at the moment, except a nice tip from Rick Matusiak that one could get into some healthy Chinook action with fresh silvers making exploratory runs prior to their actual spawning rituals in the Beaver River at Thornbury.  He suggests giving it a go after the next good rainstorm.  Rick, Paul Kennedy, Jay Hackney and I will be journeying to the Broadback River in Northern Quebec in three weeks to try and track down a world record Brook Trout.  Rick actually was able to film several of these huge beauties with his underwater camera when we were there last year and we believe that one of these just might fit the bill.

          It was great to see a number of our club members getting together to test their new skills on several of our favourite trout streams over the past month or so, namely Pefferlaw Creek, Itsy Bitsy, Duffins and of course, the Ganny.  Our last trip to Haliburton a couple of weeks ago produced some exciting moments for Ray Cockburn and me, with a lovely Rainbow boiling under his lure right beside the boat and another almost emptying my reel in a tremendous run in what seemed like the length of the lake.  Perhaps we should have a camping trip to Beanpole this fall instead of our customary sojourn to the Saugeen River at Thanksgiving.  Please let me know your wishes on this one.

          I have the leader kits for those who ordered them and a selection of new casting plugs in all sizes.  I would appreciate your picking these up along with whatever plugs you require at your first opportunity.

          If anybody would like to spend a couple hours checking out mushrooms in our area, please call and we’ll organise a fungal foray.  They will be popping up all over the place in a couple of weeks, or so.

          A final comment: next year’s North American Casting Championships will be hosted by the Golden Gate Casting Club in San Francisco, one of the oldest and most revered clubs in the world and certainly one worth making an effort to see if you have any idea at all of taking your casting expertise to the next level.  There are folks who travel from all over the world just to see their historical club-house and gorgeous casting ponds.

If you would like to plan your holidays accordingly, as usual, the tournament will be on the first week of August.  I can state quite confidently that we have at least eight or ten casters in the club who could easily place in the top ten in several of the disciplines and possibly, even in the medals.  Just think for a moment, what other sport could you qualify so easily to achieve that level in?   Please contact me for any further information if you are interested and we will assist you in establishing a training schedule accordingly to help you achieve your goal.

Cheers,           Gord