(19th December 2013)
Thanks to Derek and Warwick for their Restigouche River fishing trip review.
(We hear the constabulary are on the prowl for the perpetrators of the lost Burger King Crown).
Don Arthurs updated us on the MNR’s future proposals for down regulating Brown and Rainbow catches in the Credit River with the intent of supporting the populations of Atlantic Salmon and Brook trout. There will no doubt be much heated debate on the veracity and wisdom of this issue in the coming months.
On a lighter note, the Christmas Fly Competition was exceedingly well supported by the membership.
Thanks to all who brought in the Christmas goodies, and also a special nod to John Fox who won the second prize and contributed to the prize list. A special recognition goes to Chris Krysciak, a prospective budding new member who flashed into third place; first prize went to the President himself, Elliott, or his rendition of the “Nightmare Before Christmas”. ……..read more
(11th December 2013)
Club Meeting Tuesday 17th December, at 7:30 pm
(4th December 2013)
Thanks to Chris Day for the demonstrations of the Blob, Sparkler, and OkeeDokee fly patterns:
Hook: R90 Mustad (Wide Gape) Size 10
Body: Plush Fritz
Hook: Mustad R90 Size 8 4x heavy
Body, Tail and Wing: Gold/silver Crystal Flash or similar.
Here is a useful link that you might be interested in. If you were really concentrating, you would have heard Chris also talk about the Foam Arse Blob
and here’s a link if you need to buy some Plush Fritz from Flymart.
(28th November 2013)
Club member, Chris Day will be demonstrating fly tying at the next meeting. He will be demonstrating some -UK Stillwater patterns such as Boobies, blobs, humongous, sparklers, diawl bachs, Commorants etc.
(20th November, 2013)
Thanks to Pat Kelly for the Furled Leader Demo. Pictures: here.
Here is Pat’s Excel Spreadsheet of Furled Leader Design Examples
(14th Nov 2013)
2014 Izaak Walton Flyfishing Hall at the Toronto Sportsmen Show
The Show Dates are Feb 6 to 9, 2014
We are now looking for some help to plan and organize the club booth. Traditionally the booth has been our point of contact for the public where we provide information about the club, meetings, conservation work and everything flyfishing. We have an excellent backdrop featuring some big fish and anglers. Last year we tried to sell some hats, pins and shirts with limited success, and we tried showing the fly tying cd’s, however the feedback was that we weren’t very interesting. This year we need some new ideas and people to make them happen.
Some suggestions for previous years are as follows:
- Large presentation of fly fishing video
- Sale of more interesting items –new shirts, fly boxes etc
- Speakers or other notable personalities
We are not limited to these idea, but rather they are presented to stimulate your creative juices.
Derek and Warrick will again be managing the Casting lanes and will be needing some assistance at the show, so if you’re interested in this please let us know.
We will have 2 tables or approx 12 vices set up for kids tying. In the past we have focused on wooly worms, and last year the Popsickle was introduced, which proved quite popular. We have now or will have supplies and equipment to do any type of fly you think a young person would be interested in tying, at our last meeting we saw some easy applications of foam and rubber legs, which might to popular with the kids. We always need help at these tables so please consider spending some time at the vices.
Volunteers will be reimbursed for parking/or transportation cost up to $14.00 per day. Volunteers will be given passes/badges to the show for the dates they have volunteered for.
Please contact Carl, or Warwick, or Derek.
(7th Nov, 2013)
That was a great evening with Rick Crawford on 5th Nov, 2013
He is a great raconteur, and has an obvious passion for tying and fishing foam flies.
So hold onto your foam sandals and foam door hangars, otherwise you’re goin’ ter see ’em floatin down the river.
His dissertation and demo also gave tips on presentation of the flies using his braided leader and 4 lb Maxima Chamelion tippet.
Thank you Rick; we really enjoyed you interactions with the club members, and we would be privileged to see you again in the near future. The Hamilton Fly Tiers are lucky to have you as one of their prime members.
The raffle was a great deal for all of the six winners, and the book sale raised another $135 for the club, thanks to the books donated by Don Moore.
All-in-all a great way to spend a Tuesday night.
See you all again at the next meeting on the 19th November
Message from Elliott:
At our next meeting on 5th November at 7:30 pm, we are pleased to feature a new demonstrator to the IWFFC, Rick Crawford from the Hamilton and Area Fly Fishers and Tyers. Rick, who has held several positions at the HAFFT executive level, is a multi species fly fisher who makes a yearly pilgrimage to the Bahamas for bonefish. His presentation to the IWFFC will focus on foam terrestrial patterns for Western trout fishing but could also be used locally as well.Most of the executive and non elected positions within the Club have been filled with the exception of President and Program Chair. Our entire last meeting was spent with the elections and discussing the positions which are still not filled as well as the direction the Club wishes to take. I will not go into what was discussed at this time as there are a few issues still unsettled. I will say though that the President’s position is still open and must be filled soon.
Next club meeting, Tuesday Oct 1st. 7:30pm at Cawthra Park Community Center
For our first fly tying night of the season Terry Allen will be tying Intruder style flies for your entertainment pleasure.
It’s been a challenging Summer’s fishing, with the extreme heat and rainfall.
I apologize for the omission of a Fly of the Month for September; however I would like to share this 16 minute video that I took at the beginning of September.
We had an all too brief 3 day visit to the Bow River, Calgary: the scenery was stunning given the flood damage. The river is eminently fishable.
The rainbows and a cutthroat trout were caught either by drifting a dry terrestrial fly tight to the river edge, or by upstream casting a size 20 trico to sipping trout rises.
Here is the link to the video:
We are looking forward to the fall and winter meetings. See you there.
Kudos to Pat Kelly for his enduring [ efforts with local kids and aspiring fly fishers. ]
See Sandeep’s submission for [ Fly of the month ]
Back issues of Single Haul are now [ online ]
The Lower Humber Marshes are a Provincially significant wetland complex within the City of Toronto. Unfortunately, years of urbanization and human impact have degraded the marshes.
Come out and help Ontario Streams staff on Saturday June 22nd from 9am to noon to help remove Japanese Knotweed, a non-native invasive species from this important ecosystem. Gloves and light refreshments will be provided. Please wear long pants. Directions can be found [ here.] For more information and to register your participation, please contact Christine Pritchard at (905) 713-7399 (office), (416) 993.1646 (cell) or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CVC is looking for volunteers for their electro fishing program this summer. Here’s a chance to see some of those fish you can’t catch. [ More Info ]
—– Here is the list of the CVC Volunteer Electrofishing days for this season. If you or your staff/group members are interested in attending please [ sign-up online.]
Hope to see you on the river, Phil Bird, Fisheries Technician, Credit Valley Conservation
- (905) 670-1615 x503
- (416) 896-7357 (cell)
Please remember that July 20, 2013 is [ Credit River Watershed Day.] The date is somewhat flexible, since it has to be dry for a couple of days before the event. Contact [ Lindsey Jennings ] of [ Credit Valley Conservation Authority.]
Here is a further contribution from Curtis Smith.
Anticipate Curtis’ membership dues will be increased next year!
Click on the cartoon to see the detail.
(ed note: For the benefit of non members the guy catching the fish is our esteemed Pres, Elliott Deighton).
To be completely fair, this is our Pres’s reponse:
Now you know that this is just wrong in so many ways. First, our Eastern European hostess at the bar wouldn’t let me in with a smelly fish, magic or otherwise and secondly and more importantly, it’s not even a bass!
Thanks to Silvia D’Amelio for the last meeting of the spring sessions, on 7th May.
Silvia enlightened us on the severe reductions in total biomass on the Credit River watershed. As a result there is severe compromise of the speckled trout population. She outlined the seventy, or so, variables in environmental pressures that have resulted in the degradation. Trout Unlimited have as their mandate the preservation of this native trout in the watershed. Silvia encouraged members of the club to be supportive.
In order to provide further information, there will be a “Check Your Watershed” date at the end of June, when as many participants as possible will volunteer to check local water temperatures. This will then be collated to provide as much information as possible on the state of the Credit river’s aquatic environment. Volunteers will be required to facilitate the endeavor….date and further details will be forthcoming.
On a lighter note, Silvia demonstrated her fly tying acumen in demonstrating three of her fly patterns:
See you all on the rivers!
IWFFC Meeting Notice Tuesday May 7th @ 7:30pm
Silvia D’Amelio Fly Tying Demonstration
Trout Unlimited Ontario Program Manager and Biologist Silvia D’Amelio will be tying some of her favourite trout flies (no steelhead patterns) for us on this our last regular indoor meeting night of the season. Silvia is a consummate fly tier and her demo will be a treat for all.
Many thanks to David Williams who has been putting together our website for us. He has posted the Club’s library and DVD list on the website for us to so check it out. Bill Jenei has the library and Pat Kelly has the DVD’s. Let me know if there is anything you are interested in. Cheers, Elliott
Izaak Walton Flyfishing Club Outing
It is with great pleasure that we announce the first overnight fishing trip of the IWFFC. This is an opportunity for the membership to enjoy a few days of fishing and share their skills and experience. We have chosen a weekday to overcome weekend crowds and a date, expected to be, prime for a Hendrickson hatch. Understanding that some attendees will choose to be on the water as much as possible while others may choose to take a break, Tuesday dinner plans will be arranged later. If a hatch occurs, few will be off the water before dark. Here are the arrangements so far…
Tuesday June 4 & Wednesday June 5, 2013
On the Grand River in the Fergus/Elora area
Meet at Wilson’s Fly Shop,
9:00 a.m. on Tuesday
105 Queen Street West, Unit 6, Fergus (519) 787-3474
Rob Heal will provide an update on river conditions, hatches, patterns etc.
This will be a good opportunity for the more experienced members to offer mentorship to the less experienced.
Overnight at the Drew House
120 Mill Street, Elora
Rates are $95 – $120/night (includes tax and breakfast)
Contact Roger or Kathleen at (519) 846-2226
Contact: Peter Lo Re at email@example.com to be on the mailing list for further updates. And finally, the casting clinic we had this past Sunday was a great success I thought. Thanks to all who attended and to the more experienced casters who leant a guiding hand. The next clinic will be outdoors and will be either at Erindale Park or Meadowvale Park on the Credit. Lots of room to swing a switch or Spey rod so stay tuned, details will follow. Cheers Elliott Deighton President IWFFC And finally, the casting clinic we had this past Sunday was a great success I thought.
TUNE UP SESSION 14th April 2013 We had special instructions on fly line dynamics, rod grip, casting in adverse conditions, and some target practice. The two hours were over in a flash.Special thanks to the Doug, Elliot, Pat, and Sheldon
I have been informed by Rick Crawford of HAFFT that the Lyndon Fish Hatchery which is located in New Dundee just west of Kitchener is actively seeking fly fisher/members. Their blurb and pricing is as follows Lyndon Fish Hatchery Located at 1745 Huron Road.
From West coast member Wally Nowak I have been asked by member of the Northwest Atlantic Salmon Fly Guild to seek out classic fly tiers from Canada
To help our initiative in instructing elementary and high school students, we do require equipment that you may not want to use any more. That old cracked fly line is just fine for instructional purposes. Got a reel that you do not use or the drag is broken? Got a fly rod with a broken eye? We can fix and put these items to good use. Bring in all your unused/discarded stuff to the meeting and give it to Pat Kelly. In addition, when we tie flies for kids, we need to place the flies in a container for the child to bring home. Old 35mm film cases are perfect (but going to the way of the Passenger Pigeon) and a good second place are empty medical pill cases – please rinse out and peel the prescription label off. Hand these to Pat Kelly at the meeting. The club meets at Cawthra Park Community Centre in Mississauga on the first and third Tuesday of each month from the end of September to the beginning of May. Meetings start at about 7:30 p.m. and go until 9:30 or 10:00. And don’t forget to join us after the meeting for some further comradery, up the street.