Feb 21 meeting

Feb 21 meeting reminder.

If you were looking at the emails , or facebook, or the website you know we’re going to work on rabbit fur flys tomorrow\thursday so bring your fuzzy friend and your kits.

A couple other big events and dates are coming up for your calendar. I’m working out of town this week so i’ll post those up on this Friday or Sat. Pass on the dates to any former or current members that you know so they get the news.PhilG

 Thanks, PhilG

Updates and Events

Meeting Schedule change:

              We are looking at going to a twice monthly meeting schedule starting Feb 21 (7-9 pm) and will update everyone on the future dates. We are also looking to continue indoor meetings until the end of May with some outdoor meetings\events in June but no official club meetings for July-August-September. Let us know if you have any thoughts on this.

March 14 (7-9 pm) Indoor Casting Clinic

We will be doing our annual indoor casting clinic at the Clairmont Crosslink County Sportsplex (7407-108st Clairmont). This is free for current club members and $10.00 for non-members (to help cover the cost of the rental). Several club members will be available to give hands on instruction on basic casting techniques, or help to increase your distance and accuracy. Bring your gear or use some of the rods we will be providing (let us know if you will need to borrow a practice rod).

We are also looking to do a free outdoor casting clinic at Muskoseepi Park in May. We’ll keep you posted.

Rod building sessions.

Several club members are interested in doing a rod building session in March. We are looking at some online resources for rod kits (includes all parts and materials needed) and I’ll send out a list of links in the next couple days and ordering these within the next week. If you are interested in participating: kits range from 110.00 and up (our last session used $120-140.00 kits), is a 3 evening commitment (4,2,2 hours). Currently we have space for 2 more participants.

The Club will have a table at the Grande Prairie Sports Expo at Evergreen Park!

Friday, April 5th, 2019 – 4pm to 9pm

Saturday, April 6th, 2019 – 10am to 6pm

Sunday, April 7th, 2019 – 10am to 5pm

Updates and information from the Mighty Peace Watershed Alliance

Integrated Watershed Management Plan

The Integrated Watershed Management Plan is done! Please take a look at it and see how we can work together to better manage the watershed.  Renewals will occur on a regular basis but for now the focus is on implementing the recommendations of the plan. Check out the plan here.

The State of the Watershed is a snapshot of the conditions in the Peace and Slave River Watersheds in Alberta. The Alliance is using the report as a baseline as we assess the effectiveness of actions taken and track changes in the watershed. 

We hope that you will find the tool educational and useful. Please contact us with any questions or comments.

Time to do your research and start working on the list of lakes you’re hitting in just over 2 short months (yes, it’s that soon).

https://www.ab-conservation.com/programs/fish/aca-stocked-lakes/

Find out more about the bathymetry (depth) of ACA’s stocked ponds here.

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Instantly see all stocked lakes.

January Meetup with preping Rabbit fur for tying

Hey all, I’m lying on the coach with dog #1 ‘s snoring head my lap and dog#2 on the other coach with 3 legs straight in the air and leg 4 is trying to kickstart a 1943 Harley Knucklehead. And i probably walked dog#2 more today than i’ve walked in the last week. 
So what i’m saying is, time to get off the couch and back to tying some flies and telling fishing stories.  This week (jan 3,2019 7-9 pm at the Ernie Radbourne Pavilion at the Muskoseepi Park, by the skating pond).

I’ll be bringing in some rabbit fur i have and we’ll look at bleaching it before dying it. I’ll have deer patches that we’ll look at bleaching as well. If anyone has issues with the ammonia smell from hair colouring please let me know in advanced so i can revise that step.

We’re also looking at:
cutting zonker strips
removing hair and blending dubbing 

If you want to bring in some patches for bleaching or dying, let’s do it.

On February 7 we’ll be tying sculpin, leach, and other rabbit fur based patterns. 

Club Events:

  • We’re doing another indoor casting clinic in the next 2 months. I’ll pass on the details when i get the ok on the date.
  • We’ll also be organising an extended fly tying event for beginner and intermediate tyers in March or early April. Dates and details to follow.


Club News:

  1. new year new memberships please. We don’t push hard for you to pay a 40.00/year membership. Mostly because we kinda like when you drop into the meetings. And there is a back bank balance that has been helping to subsidise the room rental fees. Every meeting rental costs more than a little bit than 40.00. If you could drop by and renew and say hi, we’d like to say “well howdy” to your money.
  2. How is everyone with the monthly meeting schedule? Should we review weekly or bi-weekly?
  3. Any subjects you want to see covered or you want to present (we will help you set up a presentation)?

My last word is a link to Maceo Parker & Friends 5/2/14 New Orleans @ Fiya Fest at Mardi Gras World. If you are uninitiated with Maceo.

See you thursday.
PhilG

We’re at the Gun Show

The Peace Country Flyfishers Association will have a table to meet and greet you at the Fall Gun and Sportsman Show Oct 19-21. Come on down to Evergreen Park and say hi and have a chat while we drink coffee, tie flys, and tell fishing stories. If there is some room we might be doing some casual casting demo’s\clinic. There will be plenty of local vendors on hand so come out and support independent business operators.

2018 Grande PrairieHunt Mania Gun & Sportsman Show

Oct 19-21

Evergreen Park Entrec Centre

Friday 4:00pm – 9:00pm

Saturday 10:00am – 6:00pm

Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm

HUNT MANIA ADMISSION RATES FOR ALL SHOWS

  • ADULT 13 Years & Up
  • $10
  • FAMILY PASS 2 Adults (19 Years+) & 2 Juniors (13-18 Years)
  • $30
  • WEEKEND PASS (Available Friday)
  • $20

Oct meeting and events

The meeting topics and emails have been fairly sparse lately with going fishing and then my being super busy with work. Let’s get back to club business and plan some topics for the next few months. We’re still planning on meeting the first of each month on thursday but if there is demand (and you actually show up) we can look at switching to weekly again. Some members have said they would like that but i would need to see actual attendance to support that as we do pay for every time we use the room.
If you have topics or specific flys you want to see covered at the meetings let us know. if there’s a specific reason you can’t make it out to the meetings let me know and let’s see what we can do.

Big News

  • ACA has asked us to do a fish survey of the Crosslink Pond next week. they are asking for 15 fish they can weight and measure. i’m thinking if we can do this on monday or tuesday at 6 pm we can get some good hits and get ahead of the flurries for next wed or thursday. Please get back to me if you are available.
  • Oct 4  Meeting will be fly tying at Muskoseepi Park 7-9 as usual. I have a couple late season flys i need to do up because i was lazy over the winter and didn’t get enough done. Also let’s compare what has been working for everybody this year and see if we can get a consensus on what patterns we should do as a group for next year.
  • The club is looking into organising an official structured fly tying course over 2 days or 2 consecutive thursday nights. let me know if you are interested or can get a friend or two to come out for this. There will be a cost to cover the space and the materials.
  • In the third week of October and again in November i’ll be organising an informal meeting of the club in Fairview on the GPRC campus. these will most likely be beginner demonstrations of fly tying and casting. If you are interested let me know so i can get the details to you.
  • December meeting we will be looking at and tying ice fishing flys.
  • January we will be looking at rabbit hair, dyeing  and flys.
  • March and May we will be doing indoor casting clinics at Crosslink Centre.
  • Sometime in the new year we are looking at doing a weekend rod building get together. Jim walked 3 of us through this last year and we’re all very happy with the rods we put together with kits from http://www.mudhole.com/ . i’m looking at putting together a 2 piece 5′ 3 wt for some of the small grayling streams.

I can’t think of too much more that i can say and my dinner’s getting cold so we’ll see you next week.