Scarborough Fly & Bait Casting Association
23 Willowhurst Crescent, Scarborough  Ontario M1R 3R7
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 THE REEL THING                                                                                  July 1993

This will be just a short bulletin to recap recent events for some of our members who have not been participating in the club's activities lately.

The fishing trip to the Franklin Trout club, courtesy of Dorothy and Bernie Ennis was a super outing.  Everybody caught trout with my wife, Sheila and Scott Purcell setting the pace.  The largest trout though, was captured and whipped to a standstill by Peter Durnford on an old, ugly Wooly Bugger.  My trusty Despair worked well for me as well.  Nice attendance at this one: Sheila and I, Scott Purcell, John Alexander, Dave Usher, Roger Harwood, Ron Bolton, Peter Durnford and, of course, Dorothy and Bernie.

Our first annual Scarborough Championships held at our new pool and fields in Milliken Park, just completed, was a huge success with the largest number of participants ever, including casters from St. Catharines, Oakville, and Metro Toronto and our own club.

Some of the highlites:  The All Round Accuracy was won by Dave Collins, with Roger Harwood winning the All Round Fly Accuracy and Paulo Conceicao repeating his All Round Bait Accuracy title.  Sheila won the All Round Ladies plug Accuracy, with Ella Collins capturing golds in the 1/4 and 5/8 events.  The Junior titles were swept by Matt Ross with three golds.  Norm Wallachy took the All Round "A" title, beating me by 4 points overall.  I did manage to win the Anglers Fly (173') and Trout Fly (178') Distance events however.  Pete Edwards won the "A' Accuracy title by a whisper over North Jory.  Almost a hundred medals, plaques and trophies were awarded to the various winners, along with over four hundred dollars of merchandise prizes distributed to all but the "A" casters.  Also we were lucky to have the assistance of Irene Johnston, Rod Sills, Lee Bolton and Debbie Durnford to look after the paperwork.  Many heartfelt thanks to all of you.

Normark, Tightlines, Ushers Foods, Zep, LeBaron, St. Hubert Chicken (Markham & Lawrence), The Toronto Sun and Kip Van Kempen Insurance Associates all contributed to make this a successful event.  Please show your appreciation to these firms with a thank you and a mention to them whenever you get the opportunity.

However, with the tremendous amount of work that goes into organizing and running an operation of this nature, there are several disappointments that I feel I must address here.

As all the casters in our club know we have been working diligently for the better part of the year now to secure the North American National Championships for our club and Scarborough.  If not for 1994, then definitely for 1995.  We will know definitely by the middle of August.  The City of Scarborough has been cooperating with us in every respect - we will have a permanent dock before long and so on - but they want to know why so many of our members did not choose to participate in the Scarborough Championships.

The city will be monitoring the results and participation in the next event, The Ontario Championships which we are hosting on the weekend of August 28th and 29th.  If we are to continue to thrive as a viable fishing and casting club in everybody's eyes and continue to receive their cooperation, then we must have ALL OUR MEMBERS participating in this one; if not as competitors, then certainly as assistants both before the event actually takes place and on both Saturday and Sunday.

I really don't think it's too much to ask of our club members to give up one or two days to make this a successful tournament.  We must have your input, one way or another.  Surely, fishing, lawn mowing and what have you can be put on the back burner for a couple of days in the year to repay the club and those of us that run it for all the time and effort that we have put into it to make you all better fishermen, and certainly better fly and bait casters.

There are myriad little (and not so little) jobs to be done and we are asking you to please offer your assistance wherever possible as well as to make a supreme effort to actually participate in the competition.  To follw up on this plea, we will be attempting to phone everybody in the next day or so to get all of our members out to a meeting at the Scarborough Civic Centre Pool next Monday, July 26th at 8 p.m. after the casting practice is finished.  If you truly believe that our club has been of help to you over the past, then now is the time to show it by reciprocating.