Scarborough Fly & Bait Casting Association
23 Willowhurst Crescent, Scarborough  Ontario M1R 3R7
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 THE REEL THING                                                                             November 2003

            First we would like to welcome our newest ‘about to become’ new member, George Monroe. George lives in Rochester, N.Y. and with no casting clubs in his area was told by Steve Rajeff to get in touch with us up here on the other side of Lake Ontario where he would be able to work on his desire to become a proficient fly caster. With his head office in Buffalo, he believes he will be able to join us in the gym on the nights when we are working over the targets with only an hour or so’s drive across the border. George also professes to being interested in the tournament side of things and we are looking forward to assisting him in polishing his skills and technique. George joins our other new member, Harold Higdon who also came aboard recently in order to improve his fly casting mechanics. Thanks, Steve, for the referral!

            With Jay Hackney commuting from Peterborough, Hans Eckart driving from Hamilton (although he hasn’t been around lately) and now, George, coming up from Rochester, there really should be no excuse for our other members, living within a stone’s throw of the gym, to miss an evening of the casting activities.

            Our fall schedule is moving along rapidly with Bob Tanaka, Scott Owen and Paul Becker all in various stages of completing their bamboo wands, while the fly tyers are adding to their creative arsenals on their own nights in the shop. Hopefully, Leon and others, who been missing lately will also soon be plying their skills with cane, fur and feathers on our Tuesday evening shop nights. Our new schedule seemed to produce the desired effect of increased attendance in the gym for our casting practice, probably because, with fewer evenings to work on their games, folks did not want to miss out on their chances to improve their casting prowess. Please keep in mind, folks, that the next evening in the gym, Thursday, November 13th will be the last chance to sharpen your strokes before our annual Christmas ‘do’ and club competition on December 11th.

*Please make every effort to attend on that evening, Nov. 13th, to welcome our new members and to get your own games sharpened up.

Fishing has been wonderful for those of us who have been able to break away from raking leaves and planting bulbs in the past few weeks. Starting things off, Robert Beaudoin and I had a fine day in Haliburton. Although not too productive, we did see enough trout feeding and teasing us with follow-ups to refute our suspicions that the lake was getting ‘fished out’. However, that was followed by a super day of fishing the same waters a week later, when four of us, Jim Lloyd, Ray Cockburn, Paul and I all caught trout, with several in the four and five pound class. This trip also produced a couple of remarkable fish story highlights for the four of us to relate down the line when comparing ‘fish stories’ with other fishermen.

Somehow or another while tinkering with his tackle bag, Paul had managed to elbow his rod and reel overboard and although he made a futile lunge for it, the tackle went for the ‘deep six’ to the bottom in about six to eight feet of weedy water. At the time a stiff breeze had come up complicating factors without an anchor to stabilize our position, but fortunately we quickly triangulated our location visually with trees on the shoreline, about fifty yards away. Scrounging in our tackle for large, heavy lures in order to drag the bottom produced one an old Ruby Eye Wiggler in Paul’s kit that was fastened to my spinning line, but by the time it had been found and tied on, we had drifted at least a hundred yards down the shoreline.

Meanwhile Jim and Ray were summoned from their position further on down the lake to assist in the ‘recovery operation’. The triangulating procedure worked perfectly and fifteen minutes or so after Paul sculled back and held the boat in position, three of us scoured the bottom with heavy lures. The ‘lost’ rod and reel soon broke the surface after it was snagged by my lure raking the bottom. This was definitely not just luck. It was a result of the immediate visual triangulation of the location, something to remember if a similar incident to should ever occur to you

Here’s another one for the ‘fish story’ collection: the largest trout caught on that outing, a twenty-inch long, five pound ‘bow, was caught at ten in the morning and not cleaned until back home at ten in the evening. I counted seventeen crawfish in its stomach along with the usual assortment of minnows, nymphs and the customary single leech. Unbelievably a half a dozen were still alive. This, after being in the trout’s gut all day long! They were thoroughly rinsed and kept alive for a couple of weeks to display to the folks in the shop and so on. A couple of the well-travelled crustaceans lasted two weeks before they finally departed as well.

 Not to be outdone and encouraged by the reports of our previous outings, Paul Kennedy joined me for another assault on our ‘not so secret’ lake in Haliburton, yesterday. Another wonderful day of fishing! With a little more luck Paul could have landed at least a half-dozen trout, with one of the fish he ‘released’ almost leaping into the fold-boat during its frenetic efforts to get away. However despite all the missed strikes and so on, he did catch one of the prettiest Brook Trout, we’ve ever seen from those waters, a gorgeously coloured twenty-inch male brookie in full spawning colours. A four and a half and another five pound ‘bow also fell to my efforts. While I’m certain Paul’s brookie will be providing him and his wife, Tressa, with a couple of excellent cooked meals, mine are already being processed into Gravlaax for our future enjoyment.

We would like to take this opportunity to express our admiration for the wonderful job Jim Chapralis, the new editor of the American Casting Association’s bulletin, The Creel, is doing with its new format. In conjunction with his buddy, John Seroczynski, owever thaHHthe association’s new president, these men are shaking up the somewhat dormant old casting body and breathing new life into it with their efforts. Congratulations, gentlemen and please keep up the great work.

*A few folks have yet to get their club dues in to us for one reason or another………it would be greatly appreciated if this oversight were looked after at your first opportunity, gentlemen

Thanks and tight loops,