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Newscasts – October 2017

  • Our October 10 Chapter Meeting: Tenkara Road Trip
  • Icebreaker update and save the date
  • Help out at Fall workdays!
  • Another successful year with Project Green Teen
  • A brand new Rusty column!

October 10, 2017 Meeting: Tenkara Road Trip

Matt Sment (our trusty President) had this to share about the presentation he’ll be giving on Tuesday, October 10:

In which we fish Utah’s Provo River with a Japanese Tenkara Master, work the Eagle River for Colorado rainbows, backpack Rocky Mountain National Park to remote lakes in search of Greenback cutthroats, and stalk North Carolina’s scenic waterfalls in the Wilson Creek drainage.

September was a busy month full of tenkara fly fishing adventure and I’ll share the stories, pictures, and video! Read More

Looking forward to our 2018 Icebreaker

We are excitedly looking forward to our keynote speakers – Tucker and Jacquie Nelson from Nelson Spring Creek Ranch in Livingston, MT.

Their Facebook page (viewable even if you don’t have Facebook) has some great photos and videos that give you a good idea of why you will want to attend our 2018 Icebreaker! Read More

New Members – October 2017

Welcome New Members

We’re pleased to announce the addition of the following new members to our ranks! Read More

Fly Tying: Peeking Caddis

Fountains of Youth – Classic trout flies that have withstood the test of time … flies that remain “forever young”

by Rusty Dunn

‘Stoneflies’ are named for the stony-bottomed, well-oxygenated streams that the insects inhabit.  ‘May­flies’ for the month of May, during which hatches of histori­cally famous English species reach their peak.  But what of ‘caddisflies’?  How were they named?  To­day’s term ‘caddis’ originated in the middle ages from the root word ‘cod’, which is a husk, bag, or pouch.  Larvae of many caddisfly species live within such cods, known today as ‘cases’.  Read More

Newscasts – September 2017

  • Our September 12 Chapter Meeting: Catch ‘em up close — Tips and tricks that will help you land more fish
  • Icebreaker update and save the date
  • Project Healing Waters event
  • Help out at Fall workdays!
  • Another successful year with Project Green Teen
  • And more!

Fly Tying: Iron Blue Nymph

Iron Blue Nymph

Fountains of Youth – Classic trout flies that have withstood the test of time … flies that remain “forever young”

by Rusty Dunn

Tie an Iron Blue Nymph on a #16 hook, and you’ve recreated the most famous fly of perhaps the most famous angler to ever cast a wet fly before trout.  Walk into a fly shop and ask for an Iron Blue Nymph, and the clerk will probably look at you funny.  “A what?” he might ask, to which you should reply, “Young fellow, per­haps you know it instead as a Dark Watchet, Dark Whirling Dun, Little Blue Dun, Iron Blue Drake, Little Purple, Little Dark Blue, or Iron Blue Quill.  Got any?”  You won’t get the flies you’re looking for, but at least you will have made the point that nymph fishing was refined long before the Pink Squir­rel reigned supreme.  Read More

Icebreaker update! Save the date for January 13, 2018

We are excited to announce that our keynote speakers will be Tucker and Jacquie Nelson from Nelson Spring Creek Ranch in Livingston, MT.   

The Nelson’s were recently featured in The Drake magazine. They share a deep passion for fishing, stewardship and teaching others. We will share much more about the Nelsons over the next few months and look forward to seeing you on Saturday, January 13.

If you have questions about the Icebreaker, contact amy.klusmeier@gmail.com.

Photos from Project Healing Waters Event

Project Healing Waters hosted a fly fishing clinic at Black Earth Creek in Cross Plains on August 17. A terrific thanks to the volunteers who made a difference for some very worthy veterans. Read More

September 12, 2017 Meeting: Catch ‘em up close

Tips and tricks that will help you land more fish

Can’t cast a mile? That’s okay! Fish are often much closer than you think. Read More