Scarborough Fly & Bait Casting Association
23 Willowhurst Crescent, Scarborough  Ontario M1R 3R7
Phone & Fax - 416/755-5663
E Mail -
Web Site -

 THE REEL THING                                                                             March 2003


Well it’s been a long tough and  very cold winter, but Spring’s definitely on its way.  The sap began to run in my Maples the other day and yesterday I hung thirty-two buckets up to collect it.  Sheila and I consume a lot of maple syrup and of course the guys who go to the Broadback River with me each year insist on pancakes and crepes with our syrup and Maple spread on their toast with bacon and eggs.  Never mind the ten thousand calories!

          Skidooing and fishing’s still pretty good this winter with more snow and more ice to work with than we’ve had in years.  It all augurs well for a bang-up spring and summer season as well as the water levels in the streams and lakes should be back where they were a couple of years ago.  Perhaps the highlight of the hard-water season to date was the lovely twenty inch trout that Sharon caught, jigging, while the rest of us sat around moaning that our minnows were all being ignored.

          On one other day, Jim skunked me with four great trout of his own while I basically relaxed by the fire on shore.

          We had a super evening in the gym a couple of weeks with a fly accuracy competition limited to bamboo rods that we’ve all made ourselves, none of which could exceed 7 ˝ feet in length.  These are little, but fast and powerful sticks that we build for stream fishing in tight quarters, yet they are good enough to still produce fine accuracy results. As expected, Jim Lloyd fired a great 96, just eking out the win over Paul Kennedy’s 95.  Paul’s score was remarkable when considering the fact that his work has prevented his coming out to the gym for practice more than a couple of times.

          It was a treat to see twelve different folks working with the cane sticks in this one.  It’s obviously one of the big advantages in being a member of the S.F. & B.C.A.  Jay Hackney, Paul Becker, Bob Tanaka, Rob Beaudoin, Scott Owen have all either finished their rods or are close to completing them.  Jay and Paul have built several beautiful wands already this winter.

          Our fly tyers have also been busy learning how to create their feathered handiwork under the expert supervision of our master tyers, Leon Schwartz, Hans Gulde and of course, Jim Lloyd.  Sharon MacIntyre’s results have improved dramatically in this department along with her skills on the targets in the gym. Her hard work is paying dividends in her techniq          ues with fly and spinning rods.

          Sheila should have a bang-up year if her gym results are any indication of where she is headed.  Nobody works harder at improving their stroke than she.  We held a twenty-point knockout game in the gym last week and although we handicapped Jim Lloyd with a score of fifteen to begin with he still finished first, knocking out Sheila, then Ray Cockburn after an interesting fight.  Next time we’ll start him out with eighteen instead of just fifteen.

          One of the club’s greatest supporters, Jim (Jaydee) Ddavidson has had his two knee replacements and finally been given permission to get around a little, but still is restricted to being on his feet for no more than ten minutes at a time………..pretty tough for a guy who loves his fishing and his golf, but as always, Jim retains his sense of humour and determination  to become mobile once again before too long.

          The club owes new member Robert Beaudoin a big thank-you for the splendid job of re-creating and revising our rather redundant web site.  If for some reason or another you haven’t had a look at his work, give it a look-see……’s even got pictures of Paul Becker and Robert with bass and pickerel on it to break the monotony of all the huge trout picture there…..just kidding, guys.

          Perhaps the finest distance and accuracy fly caster that I have had the pleasure of watching over the past fifteen years, Rene Gillibert of the Oakland Fly and Bait Casters club has accepted an invitation to conduct clinics for myself and the rest of our fly casters who would like to see fly casting poetry in motion along with as much personal instruction as we can squeeze in during the couple of days of his visit with us.  Rene will be here for the weekend of April 19th.

          Not too many weeks left to hone your techniques in the gym before we pack things up there to await the ice leaving the pond at Milliken so we can get to work on the floating targets.  If you haven’t done so yet, please mark the dates of our annual Scarborough Open Championships, June 7th and 8th on your calendars.  This is the highlight event of the year for our club, so it’s to be hoped that all our members along with the other clubs’ casters all support this one.

          We would like to have a half a dozen or so new members before we complete our winter indoor casting season, so here’s a little incentive for our existing members.  Bring out a guest for an evening in the gym and you will be rewarded with a superlative fillet of Gravaadlaxed trout as a thank-you from me.  Should they subsequently join the club, I’ll give you your choice of one of my special Crocodile lures or a couple of special Despair trout flies.

          That’s all for now,