Scarborough Fly & Bait Casting Association
23 Willowhurst Crescent, Scarborough  Ontario M1R 3R7
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 THE REEL THING                                                                                  September 1988

Well, the summer casting season is over and we move back into the gym at the Samuel Hearn School on Pharmacy Avenue on Monday, September 19th.  We are looking forward to a good turnout at that time so we can effectively plan our winter itinerary.  At this point I would like to express my thanks to all those who supported the summer programme at the pool by helping with the equipment, docks, instruction and so on.  Our appreciation must be expressed here, as well, to those who came out to throw a few flies or plugs with us in order to brush up on their techniques.  Without their attendance at our casting sessions, it would become quite discouraging.

It has been quite a fishing season for some of our members and we'll document a few of the triumphs for the rest of us to envy.

Rick Madden had a fantastic summer with limit catches of lake trout and bass over six pounds from Lake Simcoe.  He then topped his efforts with a 12 and a 22lb. chinook salmon that fell for his fly on the Credit about a week ago.  Wow!  Marty Calvert began his season with a 3 lb. brookie from A/B Lake and followed that up with cohoes over 20 lbs and rainbows in the 18 lb. category.  Nice fishing, Marty.  John Birch had a fine summer fishing for bass, pickerel and pike at his cottage, but the big pike he raised several times in still in the swim and to rub it in, the pike he was about to release the other day bit him on the hand rather badly. 

Paul Quarrington, Jack Dean and several others took chinook salmon from Lake Ontario in the 25 to 30 lb class.  Dave Brown had wonderful fly fishing for speckled trout in Labrador, releasing brookies around the four pound mark.  He also had excellent trout fishing on several rivers out west and in Alaska.  Meanwhile Leon Schwartz, Ian Hay, myself and others had to content ourselves with the local watersheds and had a number of interesting outings along with a few trout to show for our efforts.

We need a volunteer or two to help Ian Hay on the equipment committee.  Ian Worked on our rings and tackle last spring anddid a fine job, but they should be painted and entirely refurbished before our next summer season.  I don't think it's fair to place the whole burden on Ian's shoulders.  I hope someone will offer their assistance and time with these jobs.

A number of people have made inquiries as to my personal results in the casting season just concluded.  Well, I think I will blow my own horn for a change.  In addition to winning our own open championship, I was fortunate enough to win the overall fly distance titles in the Great Lakes championships, the Kentucky Blue Grass championship, the Canadian championships and the All-around championship at the New York State competition held by the Catskill

Fly Fishing Centre.  I also was lucky enough to finish third overall in the distance fly and bait casting at the North American championships and surpassed the previous record for two hand spinning distance.  Unfortunately, although I qualified for the world casting  championships being held in Bulgaria, I was unable to raise the necessary funds to cover expenses.

Well, the fall fishing trip is rapidly approaching, October 1st weekend, and for all those who got their deposits in on time here are the details.

We'll be staying in two housekeeping units at the Huron Haven Motel, Southampton.  Breakfasts will be supplied Saturday and Sunday, consisting of bacon and eggs, coffee, juice, toast and marmelaide or french toast with maple syrup.  There will be a Chinese food banquet on the Saturday evening at the Stop 21 Restaurant at 7 p.m.  Junk-food snacks will be provided for each cabin and the makings and drinks will be available for everybody to make their shore lunches.

Warm clothing should be taken on this trip (remember, you can always take it off).  You will need either hip boots or chest waders along with a wading staff.  Don't forget the rainwear.  Six to eight pound line will provide the best results and lures should be either spinners, #3 Silver Mepps Aglia or #4 Silver Vibrax, pea size sponge or roe bags.  If fly fishing, use 7 to 9 foot leaders and nymphs or small streamers.  A boat can be used if preferred, Sheila and I will be fishing from a boat as well as wading.  On Sunday we may, depending on Saturday's results, fish the Bighead River near Meaford.  Anyone wishing to participate in this fishing trip who hasn't got their deposit in, please contact me as soon as possible and we will make every effort to squeeze them in.

Remember, we go back to the school gym on September 19th with the same hours as before, 6 to 9 p.m. approximately.