Scarborough Fly & Bait Casting Association
23 Willowhurst Crescent, Scarborough  Ontario M1R 3R7
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The REEL THING                                                                                                              May ’06


Our club fishing trip to Kennesis Lake last weekend was a resounding success. The ice was all off and the sparkling, clear blue water was a treat to see and fish in after a rather disappointing ice-fishing season. Ten of us made the trek to test their skills and luck on the lake’s speckled and lake trout and the brookies co-operated nicely with a half a dozen beauties taken by six of the crew. One of our newest members caught her first speck, ever,  a gorgeously coloured thirteen-incher. 

There were several lunkers hooked - and lost - by Paul Kennedy and my son, Ron, as is so often the case, right by their boats. The lakers were either in hiding or simply had lockjaw. Windermere Lodge on the shore of Haliburton’s Kennesis Lake, where we stayed in a couple of their excellently equipped cottages, was the perfect setting and even if the catching wasn’t quite what we had hoped for, certainly offers an outdoor ambiance that’s hard to beat.

         Two of the more interesting ‘catches’ on the weekend were Ronnie’s spotting, latching on and delivering with Tas Candaras’s help a couple of the lodge’s docks that had been carried off when the ice went out a few days before our arrival. They had to be carefully towed a couple of miles from where they were discovered. Less important, except perhaps to Bob Tanaka, was my retrieval with a lucky cast of his errant hat blown off when Tas put the hammer down in his big boat. As it developed, his hat was the only thing I managed to catch on this one. However, the streams are now all open to legal fishing so the Ganaraska is about to feel the wrath of my frustrations left over from the weekend.

          We begin our outdoor casting season in a couple of days, Thursday evening and we will be sharpening our skills on both the fly targets and the plug course every Thursday until mid-August. We will be at Milliken Pond from approximately 5:30 until 8:30 (rain or shine) and it is to be hoped that all our members will be taking advantage of the lovely location along with our instructors, Jim, Jurgen, Ray, Sheila and yours truly to get ready for our Scarborough Open Casting Championships on the weekend of June 3rd and 4th at the same location.

          George Monroe came up from Rochester for a few days to take in my Book Launch, a little fly distance practice and our last evening on the targets in the gym before moving outdoors. He’s in great shape and we’re looking forward to his making waves on the tournament circuit over the summer with our initial jaunt taking us to Lexington Ky. for their Bluegrass Championships. Perhaps, Paul, Jim, Ray and some of our other fly and plug casters would like to join us for that one. Even our newest casters, like Maria, Lee and so on would find the trip to be a more than worthwhile experience……..the Kentucky folks are probably the most hospitable on the circuit, other than our own club, of course.

          Things are pretty well winding down in the shop, with only Lee and Maria still working on their bamboo. I still have a number of the special Collector Editions of my book,MEMORIES OF MAGICAL WATERS (Marked and numbered first 100 off the press) left that are not accounted for if anyone hasn’t notified me as of yet. I will be taking them to the tournaments to save postage costs for some of you folks, but if you just can’t wait until then to read the book, simply send me your address and cheque and they’ll be in the mail to you right away. The U.S. dollar cost is $24.95 and $7.00 postage (I’ll eat the tax). In Canada the Collector edition is $29.95 & postage also $7.00 (No tax) If anyone would like regular copies (Not the Collector editions) they are $3.00 less.

          Our June tournament at Milliken Park is on the weekend of the 3rd and 4th while the tournament in Kentucky is on May 20th & 21st. The Neptune’s Cove Restaurant, probably the best seafood restaurant in Toronto through their fine owner, Peter Koumaris has already offered us Ten Dollar Discounts for all the participants in our Scarborough Open Championship event, a wonderful offer worth more than the entry fee to participate, so it is to be hoped that we will have a record turnout for this always popular event. Remember there are both “A” & “B” classifications so all our novice members don’t have to worry about trying to beat Jim Lloyd or Harvey Beck…….just each other.