June 06

With our tournament coming up next weekend, it seemed expedient to send the June bulletin out now. May has been an exciting fishing month for the club with the Spring Ice-out trip to Kennesis Lake proving to be a winner. Six out of the ten of us on the trip all caught speckled trout with Leon, Paul and Maria starring with a couple fat brookies each. Leon’s grandson and Maria both caught their first brookies on this trip, while we all had a great time, even those like me who didn’t manage to ring the bell. Since the streams opened on the first of the month, there have been tremendous results from a few folks who have been working the Ganaraska for browns and rainbows.  Here’s a couple of early reports from Jim and Ray for your perusal. Since receiving these, there have been several other reports of similar success from the guys…..nothing from the gals, yet. We’re still waiting to hear from Sharon, Maria and the others.

This from: Ray Cockburn
Thursday, May 11, 2006 2:07 PM
RE: Yesterday

Yesterday I took advantage of the good weather and booked a vacation day. I only have a couple of week to get together with Andrew before he leaves for three months. We decided to fish the ganny, what a great day together on the stream.
We left the house about ten after five and arrived at the picnic grounds a little after sunrise. We proceeded down to the river and went to the area that Jim & I had fished on Saturday. The rainbows were still there but not interested in any offerings. Cast after cast no results. I did get one to hit but it broke off after a couple of jumps.
We proceeded to go up river casting the pools in the usual areas for trout bur had very little luck. Actually after the hole just past the swimming hole we did not see any pools of fish. I caught an 18" one that came out from a log and then a little further up I caught a 24" 4.5 lb one. Andrew latched onto a 20" one and landed it successfully. We worked the river all the way up to the steel beam that juts out into the river. We each caught two other small bows about 16 " It was a beautiful day on the river with the odd black fly there just to aggravate. We walked back toward the car and Andrew said why don't we go see if the pooling fish might be hungry for lunch. I said sure why not it's such a fine day and it was only 11:15.
We went back to the beginning and at the first pool they were no more interested than they were in the morning. We proceeded to the next pool and it looked like there were more fish in there that there was in the morning. It was neat just to see them scatter about as we cast into them. I started casting up into the flow of the stream and retrieve it with the current to see if this would have any effect. Andrew said to me " we might just as well get going" when all of a sudden I had a hit. It was a huge fish the largest that I have ever had on. After 20 minutes I weight and measured a 30" 9 lb rainbow with a 14" girth. What a thrill. I said to Andrew " are you sure that you still want to leave?" He proceeded to follow the same protocol on casting up into the current and with in 5 minutes he latched onto a real beauty also. He played it well and landed a 26" 6 lb beautiful specimen. Both of these large magnificent fish were returned to the river to continue their lives.
After this we decided that we better leave for home as we walked back past the river, where you are quite elevated and have a good view of the stream. We stood there and watched 5 large rainbows just scoot up and down the river in the sunshine It was just such a marvelous sight to see. A Million dollar day on the Ganny with out any question.


Our regular weekly practice casting sessions at the beautiful Milliken Park Pond setting are back in action with good turnouts.Folks tuning up for our biggest event of the year, The SCARBOROUGH CASTING CHAMPIONSHIPS, next weekend, June 3rd and 4th. It is expected that all our members will do everything in their power to set aside the Saturday (accuracy games) from 8:00 a.m. to approximately 5:00 p.m. to attend, assist, participate and support us all with this fun event. It doesn’t matter if you are a first-time caster, barely able to get your line towards the targets, or a seasoned expert like Jim, Ray and Paul. There awards, medals, plaques and trophies for all… well as meeting some of the top casters in the world expected to show here from as far away as Lexington, Valparaiso, Rochester and of course, Toronto.

A new highlight in the awards department this year will be a fifty-dollar dinner certificate from the best seafood restaurant in Toronto, NEPTUNE’S COVE. It will be won by the all-round novice caster in the six accuracy games coming up with the lowest total scores. Depending on the total number of casters, we may limit this award to those who have never competed previously in any regular casting competition in order to make for a fair result. E.g. if there are enough (three or more) participants in that category casting all six games. In addition, the NEPTUNE’S COVE restaurant has been kind enough to give us ten-dollar dinner coupons for every person who registers for at least three games. In effect, that means that the $10.00 registration fee ($3.50 ea game, or $10.00 for three) is free.

Of course, there are always more accuracy than distance casters, however, we hope that there will also be a few of our club members out to see some of the phenomenal distances achieved by these casters, such as Harvey Beck from Toronto, who won the two-hand salmon fly distance last year with a long cast in excess of 270’, close to the Scarborough record of 282’. The distance games will be cast in the upper, north-east corner of the park.

Sheila and I took in the Kentucky Bluegrass tournament last weekend, making our first long trip with our 24’ camping trailer and it proved to be a fun-filled outing, other than having to deal with a pain-full, pulled groin injury that considerably hampered my personal casting results, but Sheila stood up for the both of us, taking a fourth place in the 5/8th accuracy, just missing the bronze position by one demerit. The Kentucky folks were great even offering to walk for me on the distance fields (they knew they probably wouldn’t have too far to walk, I guess). ust kidding! They were a big help to Sheila and me and ran a great show overall……..hopefully we can match it with our own event, next weekend.


P.S. - To ChristineVandervoet.... hopefully you were able to pull this bulletin from our website.  Please let me know.  Also, the other ladies are hoping you will be joining us next weekend, along with Bob. - Gord.

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