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  • Monday, July 12 – In person meeting!

    Plans are to return to in-person meetings on July 12.  Doug Moore will be speaking about his place in Steinhatchee  were a trip is planned for the weekend of August 21.

    We plan on meeting in the parish hall of Resurrection Episcopal Church  12355 Fort Caroline Road ( ( at the end of Monument Road N) . Check back for details.

     


  • June 7 Ray Whaley: Author “Journey of a River Walker: Paddling the St. Johns River”

     

    Join us June 7 at 7 PM on Zoom for a presentation by Ray Whaley author of “Journey of a River Walker: Paddling the St. Johns River”

    Ray Whaley

    When Ray Whaley set out to accomplish his bucket-list goal of kayaking the length of the St. Johns River, it didn’t take long for him to realize he was in over his head. The longest river in Florida, stretching 310 miles between Vero Beach and Jacksonville, the St. Johns had been paddled in its entirety by only a handful of people. Whaley found himself blazing his own trail on an exciting and unexpected adventure.



    In Journey of a River Walker, Whaley tells the whole story of his experience, from his preparations beforehand to the techniques he learned along the way to his daily escapades and discoveries on the water. Learning from Whaley’s recommendations, along with his mistakes and close calls, readers will gain valuable knowledge that will help them in planning their own paddling trips. Whaley’s journey also highlights the delicate ecosystem of the river and the importance of conserving its environment, raising awareness of the fragile yet critical link between humans and nature.

    Link to book on Amazon

     

     


  • May 3 – Capt. Owen Plair

    Our May 3 Zoom meeting is with Capt. Owen Plair, members watch your email for link to the meeting.

    Capt. Owen Plair is a local Beaufortonian born and raised on the waters of Beaufort, SC. His passion for fishing in the Lowcountry ultimately lead to his career as a full-time fishing guide starting at 18 years old. Now over 10 years later, guiding is not just a career, but a life long passion for sharing his home waters with anglers from around the world. Capt. Owen ensures local insight and skillful techniques that will create a fun, productive, and memorable experience on the waters of Beaufort and Hilton Head, SC. Our fishery here in the Lowcountry is great year round and with the ever-changing tides, it creates a truly unique experience everyday. Whether you are Fly Fishing on his skiff poling the endless shallow water flats or Light Tackle Fishing with your family on his 22ft Bay Boat, Capt. Owen will accommodate your needs for the best experience possible.

    His career as a guide has brought him around the world fishing, including a 6 month season guiding in Russia for Atlantic Salmon on the world renowned Ponoi River. Capt. Owen is also a professional Fly Casting Instructor and has taught various fly fishing schools over the years. He has been featured in various national publications including Field and Stream Magazine, Sports Afield Magazine, Eastern Fly Fishing Magazine, Sport Fishing Magazine, Atlantic Salmon Journal, South Carolina Sportsman, Florida Sportsman, Southern Culture on the Fly, Hatch Magazine, and Gink & Gasoline.

    Depending on the season you will target Redfish, Seatrout, Flounder, Cobia, Triple Tail, Tarpon, Jacks, Sharks, and many other various local saltwater species.

    Web Site: Beaufort, SC Fishing Charters

     


  • April 5 – Tom H. Logan

    Tom H Logan will speak at 7 PM Monday April 5.

    Tom H. Logan is a retired certified wildlife biologist from Tallahassee, Florida who specialized for more than 47 professional years in the research, recovery and management of threatened and endangered wildlife species. He enjoys tying classic trout patterns and fishing them for southern bream and bass in his home waters, as well as for trout in the Smoky Mountains, Sierras and other streams of the western United States. He also ties Atlantic salmon flies, but has a special interest in tying historic and modern soft-hackles and other wet patterns.

    Tom teaches fly tying classes in Tallahassee, has taught tying workshops at events of Fly Fishers International FFI and demonstrates fly tying at several FFI Council events each year. He also has presented programs on the Laws Pertaining to the Possession and Transportation of Natural Fly Tying Materials. The Southeast Council of the FFI awarded him as the “2004 Tyer of the Year”, and he received the “Silver King Award” from the FFI in September 2013 and the “Conservation Award” in 2015. Tom is a life member of the FFI and an FFI Certified Casting Instructor.

    He served as Chairman of the FFI Board of Directors from August 2016 to July 2020 and Chairman of the FFI Fly Tying Group Board of Governors. Tom currently serves as Board Chairman Emeritus, Senior Advisor for Conservation to the Board, Chairman of the Board Conservation Committee and Vice President of Conservation for the Florida Council of the FFI. Tom also is a member of the Angler’s Sport Group for Daiichi Hooks and HMH Fly Tying Vise Pro Teams.

    He is the creator and manager of North Florida Fly-fishing Adventures and School dedicated to teach fly tying, casting and fishing activities that enhance the fly-fishing experience for anglers who fish with the artificial fly. His website is www.northfloridaflyfishing.com.

    Members watch your email for the zoom link for the meeting.


  • March 1 Captain Frank Catino

    Captain Frank Catino

    Frank is a lifelong resident of Brevard County Florida and a veteran fishing guide who has fished from the Bahamas to Montana. For more than 40 years he has guided on his home waters of the Mosquito Lagoon the Indian River and the Bahamas. He is a designer and builder custom fishing tackle, including the Catino Fly Reel. He has worked for Cortland Line Company for 20 years in product development and is their National Sales Manager.

    Website: http://www.indianriverflyfishing.com/index.html

    Members watch your email for the link to the Zoom meeting.


  • August 3, 2020

    Our August meeting will be on Zoom. Setup Zoom ahead of time on your computer, phone or tablet.  We’ll meet at 7 PM EST on 8/3/2020.

    We are please to have as our guest speaker Captain Lawrence Piper.

    Capt. Lawrence Piper
    Capt. Lawrence Piper

    Captain Lawrence Piper was born in Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, grew up just north of the lighthouse and has been fishing here all his life. In addition to knowing the history of the island, he can point you to the best sites and restaurants, too! He has been an Amelia Island fishing guide and a U.S. Coast Guard licensed charter boat operator since 2006 and enjoys seeing people catch fish as much as he loves to fish! He is a Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructor and will be happy to help with your Fly Casting. All things fishing are his passion, whether it be fishing the back waters with light tackle, making fishing related leather items, tying flies, fly fishing, reading fishing books and articles, writing about fishing or collecting and making fishing lures. He likes to cook and love’s seafood! He’s got the angler’s mark and wants to share that passion with you and your family, too! Captain Piper prides himself in being professional, service oriented, humble, yet confident in his abilities as your Amelia Island fishing guide. Get Away From it All and…Let’s Go Fishing!

     

    Website: The Angler’s Mark

    Fly Fishing Page

     


  • April 29, 2020

    Leader Tying Demo Class

    Joe Mahler has kindly offered to conduct a short Leader Tying Class. This will be a virtual event using Zoom.

    The date is set for Wed., Apr 29, 2020  6pm – 6:40pm (EDT).  A reminder will be sent as we get closer to the 29th.  


    Joe Mahler (author, illustrator and casting instructor) should be known to most as he conducted the fly casting clinic at our Deep Creek Rendezvous.     He has published a book of Essential Knots that has the knots he uses for tying leaders with his formula in the Saltwater version.   Essenntial Knots and Rigs for Saltwater

    You’ll need to install the Zoom app on either your PC, Mac , iPhone, iPad or Android Device. Please visit this link:https://zoom.us/download well before the meeting to get setup and test. Please mute your audio during the meeting.

    Please be aware that Zoom is gonna want to use your webcam – be prepared;  have some gum ready to put over the lens.  You might also use a Post-it note, it is less sticky and impermanent.  If you are less heroic and move observant you can click the “Stop Video” button and hide your ugly mug.