Scarborough Fly & Bait Casting Association
23 Willowhurst Crescent, Scarborough  Ontario M1R 3R7
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 THE REEL THING                                                                                   September 1999


I hope that everybody received the computer information re the Y2K situation that I forwarded to you after receiving it from Bobby Spear.  It is more important than you may think and should be utilized if you are to avoid problems with your laptop or desktop.  If you didn’t save or print it up, drop me a note and I’ll send it out again.

Our club begins its fifteenth indoor season next Thursday, the 16th, and it is to be hoped that we will have a strong turnout as that is when we will draft our plans and itinerary for the fall and winter months.  Without your input we will have no idea where you would like the emphasis to be in our schedule, re: casting practice and instruction, fly tying, rod building, guests, fishing trips, competitions, game and fish dinners, fungi collecting, etc.  However, we must be doing something reasonably well to have lasted this long!

Jim Lloyd and Fred Leibl on their first, joined Paul Kennedy, on his third and myself on a twentieth trip to Northern Quebec’s Broadback River to fish for giant Brook Trout.   Schweibert states in his monumental work on trout that the oldest record on the books, Brook Trout, 14 ½ lbs, 1914, if ever broken will probably come from those waters.  I can personally vouch for that as our trips to the Broadback, going back to 1961, have produced several Brookies that would have easily toppled the long-standing record…………….if they hadn’t been released for one reason or another……….usually excitement or carelessness.

This year’s foray was an entirely different kettle of fish from all previous nineteen trips.  Equipped with down vests, parkas and sleeping bags, for the customary close to freezing temperatures, our party was shocked to discover that the area was in the midst of a heat wave with the air temperatures climbing well into the nineties and the water, an unbelievable seventy degrees.  Hardly Brook Trout conditions, either for their pursuit or their actual existence.  The big Specks, usually ranging from 22” to 28”, were nowhere to be found, having completed their spawning runs in the fast water, before retreating to cooler depths in the river and lake system.

However, we did have a fine trip and thanks mainly to the efforts of the rest of the crew, enough Trout (up to 16”) and Pickerel (to 20”) were taken so that we didn’t go hungry.  As planned, six of the eight meals we enjoyed were fish, but certainly a far cry from  fish-sticks.  Here’s a sampling of our dining on the Broadback:

Trout Almondine with Home Fries and Caesar Salad;  Breaded Pickerel Fillets with Creamed Parslied Carrots;  Sauteed Trout Fillets with Fresh Dill, Buttered Rice and Cucumber Salad;  Trout and Pickerel Fillets Baked in Sealed Individual Foil Packets along with Seasoned Wild Rice and Summer Salad;  Fried and Seasoned Pickerel Fillets with Buttered New Potatoes and Italian  Plum Tomatoes.

Anybody like to join us for next year’s trip????

Those folks wishing to go on a fall trip, probably Thanksgiving Weekend, for either Rainbows and Salmon, or to Haliburton for Brookies and Splake, should get in touch with either Jim Lloyd, 438.8540, or myself as soon as possible so we can put it together accordingly.

We are hoping that our fly tying classes will once again be in the capable hands of Leon Schwartz.  Fred Leible assures us that he, too, will be able to offer occasional assistance.

We must find out soon who wishes to build what bamboo rods as we have to purchase the necessary cane supply as soon as possible.  Please call me, or Jim. Tight Lines,