The BC Flyfishers will be at it again come Thursday. The fledgling IFFF chapter got off to a great start in April. Some 40 anglers and anglers-to-be showed up to the first meeting and watched two fly tying demos, listened to Kirk Klingensmith of the Twin Tiers, Five Rivers chapter of IFFF talk about their chapter and IFFF in general, and then listened to a very informative session on dropback steelhead by John Trainor. As posted previously, the chapter's main purpose is to promote the sport of fly fishing.
This month's meeting, to be held at the Endicott Library (basement meeting room) on Thursday, May 29th, should be another interesting and informative one. The meeting will kick off at 6:30 pm with a fly tying demo. At 7 pm, the main meeting will start with some general news on the chapter as well as a welcome to new members. After that, a presentation will be given by yours truly on smallmouth bass fly fishing on our local rivers, some of the most under-fished waters in the state of New York. These waters offer almost complete solitude to the fly angler and are home to one of the greatest freshwater gamefish - the smallmouth bass. The smallmouth bass is unique in what it offers to the fly angler, and while they can be a great starter fish for the beginner, they can also be a terrific tune-up species for the trout angler as well as very challenging for the advanced fly fisher. In addition to a discussion on the habitat and methods to catch the smallmouth, the presentation will also cover the “by-catch” one can encounter when fishing for smallmouth on the warmwater rivers of the Southern Tier.
After the presentation on smallmouth bass, Kurt Nelson will conduct a hands-on knot-tying demo. He will cover the perfection loop, the simple loop, loop-to-loop connections, and the blood knot. Materials will be available for those wishing to participate. This will be a good opportunity for experienced anglers to polish their knot-tying skills but as well, a good chance for beginners to learn some basic knots.
This is a very new chapter looking to do things in a different way. While chapter meetings, presentations, and demos will always be part of chapter happenings, the chapter leadership is looking to get out on the water more for meetings and fishing events. The planned dropback steelhead fishing event did not happen in May due to high water, unfortunately. However, there will be more on-the-water events planned for June and this summer, so stay tuned!