The local BC Flyfishers chapter of IFFF held their second monthly meeting on Thursday night, May 29th. By all accounts, the meeting was a good success. Some 32 anglers and anglers-to-be showed up to learn more about the chapter and the great sport of fly fishing.
The meeting opened with a fly tying demo. The ever affable Kurtis "Mayfly" Nelson tied up a sulfur parachute dry and some other patterns. As was the case in the last meeting, the tying bench was crowded with onlookers. At 7 pm, with a good angling crowd on hand, the main meeting started with chapter President Nick Dinunzio, who gave a short talk on chapter news and future plans to expand chapter activities. He also talked about finances and the need for chapter members to join IFFF. Following Nick, John Trainor, chapter Treasurer, gave a detailed review of June events - both those of the BCFF and other organizations. Gary Romanic, chapter VP, gave a motivating talk on the fishing buddies program and the importance of having an active and engaged membership. Kurt Nelson then made a brief presentation on updates to the website.
Yours truly was on tap for the main presentation. My presentation was on fly fishing for smallmouth bass on our local rivers; the Tioughnioga, the Chenango, and the Susquehanna. Points covered in the presentation were:
- The Smallmouth Bass
- The Rivers
- The Seasons
- Other Pointers
The presentation promoted some good discussion and questions. Gary Romanic added a story related to the presentation on the types of poppers used for smallmouth bass fishing. Gary had once fished near Edinburg, Virginia, home to some great smallmouth bass fly fishing on the Shenandoah River and also home to smallmouth bass fly fishing guru, Harry Murray. While Gary was fishing the river one evening, an older angler came down to the river and took up position across the river from Gary. He soon noticed that while this angler was not catching the quantity of bass that he was, they were better quality fish - some, by his estimate, over 16". After finishing fishing, he went over and introduced himself to the wise old angler and confirmed that it was Harry Murray. He asked Harry how it was that he caught so many bigger bass. Harry's answer, and a topic covered in my presentation, was that the chuggers Gary was using were scaring off the bigger fish. Harry was using a slider - the type of popper that is much quieter and possibly on that evening, more natural to the bigger bass.
After the smallmouth presentation, Kurt Nelson gave a practical presentation on knot-tying. Some of this presentation was about the basic knots for rigging a fly rod, but Kurt also showed a way to tie a "speedy" blood knot that many, including myself, found pretty ingenious.
One final note regarding the June calendar. In my "week ahead" post of June 1, I incorrectly reported a BCFF Fishing Buddies event as taking place on Tuesday, June 3rd. Please note the date for this event is Wednesday, as noted below:
- Wednesday, June 4 at 6 pm (weather dependent). BC Flyfishers Fishing Buddies – Host, Nick DiNunzio - Fishing for newly stocked trout on the West Branch of Owego Creek at Park Settlement Road (just over the bridge). Park Settlement Road is a left hand turn on route 38 north of Owego (1.7 miles north of the light at the bridge to go to Ithaca on route 96). Contact Nick at email@example.com if interested in attending this event.