Events and Announcements
LAST MINUTE FESTIVAL DETAILS
If you didn't register online, there is no need to despair. We will have walk-up registration on both Friday and Saturday. For the most current information, check out the Council website.
Here is a map of the Western Carolina Campus with the Ramsey Center highlighted. There will also be directional signs posted.
The Festival will open to the public on 9am on both Friday and Saturday.
There will be concessions available inside the Ramsey Center on Friday and Saturday. The concessions stands will only accept cash, so please plan accordingly.
See you in Cullowhee!
Southeast Council of the FFF Festival Registration ends May 12, 2013
Be sure and register for this Festival before May 12, 2013. This will be a great time with a lot of things to do and see. BBQ on Friday evening, Banquet on Saturday evening with raffles, auctions, and good friends. Many programs and seminars are available so make sure to check them out at www.southeastfff.org
CFFC will be putting on morning and afternoon New Fly Fishers Class at this Festival on Friday and Saturday. Everyone is invited to attend, several folks will be going down a couple of days early to get some extra fishing in. Several houses are for rent in the area for groups of 5 or more. For more information and to register to the Southeast Council Website
Hope to see you there.
LYING & TYING
Monthly Fly Tying Sessions
Our next fly tying session will be on Tuesday June 25, 2013 at REI Northlake Mall from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM.
These will continue on Tuesdays through July. Check the Events Calendar for future dates.
The lying and tying sessions are not meant to be formal training just a bunch of guys and gals sitting around tying and telling a few fishing stories. We will be glad however to help anyone with a fly or technique they are having a problem with. Every one is invited to attend and tie some flies or you can just watch and learn. If you don't have a vice yet we will have some vices and material for you to use. Look forward to seeing everyone there.
"FLYFLE" Fly Raffle
Attention all members.
We’re starting a new “FLYFLE” monthly contest.
Starting with the next general meeting we will be holding a flyfle or a raffly or whatever we chose to call a fly raffle.
Each member is asked to bring two flies to the meetings. Each fly will go into a separate bucket to raffle off.
One bucket of flies will be raffled off among those who donated two flies. The other bucket of flies to a lucky winner who bought a $5.00 raffle ticket.
If you don’t tie, no worries… the flies you use to enter can be store bought or from anywhere else within the law.
Whether you donate flies or not the $5.00 raffle is open to anyone.
This raffle will be held along with our traditional raffle. It is an idea brought up by Bob Thomas who learned about it in speaking to a friend from the northwest who used to romp the hills of NC and TN with us.
Sheila Williamson has volunteered to be the lead person for this enterprise so please make sure to seek her out at the meetings.
Orvis Charlotte 101 and 201 Class
We need volunteers to help!
CFFC will be helping with these classes again this year and we need volunteers to assist with the new fly fishers. We have a sign up sheet with the dates and information on our forum under Club Activities
Bill Kalbas will be our contact so if you can help please sign on the Forum or contact Bill at this email: email@example.com
Message from the President
Greetings fellow CFFC members,
Spring has sprung! If not by the time you read this the promise of spring springing is or should be getting nearer. From those who have gone out despite the weather, the reports coming in are very impressive. From what I am hearing the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has done a great job of filling the streams and rivers this season and catch rates are scary good. Many stories of outsize brookies are being told. With the weather getting better (supposedly) and fish out there to catch there’s no reason to not go outside and play. Since you are a member of a pretty good fly fishing club there is no reason to go it alone if you choose not to. Between the ‘meet up’ link on our forum and just jawboning with fellow members meeting up to fish has never been easier.
With the season blooming so too are our activities. We just finished a beginner’s fly fishing series of classes and introductory fly tying classes. These should be ranked as very successful as we see those who came to the fly fishing classes come to our regular meetings asking questions and showing great interest in this sport of ours. Judging by the flies I saw tied at our final beginners fly tying class I would say that those who took the course are no longer beginners. Dave MacBurnie and friends did a bang-up job of instructing. We are truly blessed to have such talent share their talents. Stay tuned for announcements of future tying classes.
Speaking of classes, casting is an integral part of fly fishing and casting well will up your catch rate and lower your fly expense bills. There’s no down side to casting well and your club is here to help you to become a better fly caster. Along with the importance of what goes on in the air when casting equally as important is knowing where to place the fly (reading the water) and how to manipulate the line and fly once they are on the water for the most effective presentation. We will be tackling these subjects as the season progresses so again, stayed tuned and keep an eye on the website for any updates and new opportunities to further your enrichment and enjoyment of fly fishing.
We have hopes in continuing the Mentor/Mentee program that was so successful last year in which a knowledgeable fly fisher takes a less seasoned fly fisher or two under their wing to give them practical, on-stream guidance and instruction. Yell if you want it!
We have other big things coming this year such as cook-outs/picnics along with a casting course to hone your skills on, a BIG fly fishing festival in Western North Carolina in May, more guest speakers and educational programs as well as friendly outings where we just get together for a day to fish or for a weekend to fish and relax or for longer trips to just enjoy the things that a fly fishing vacation with friends can bring. In other words, we can help create pleasant memories that will last you a lifetime.
I’ll step aside and let the club specialists elaborate on some of the above mentioned items. Learn more about them at our meetings and by bending the ear of one of your club officers.
I would like to say how great it feels seeing so many new faces mixed in with the more seasoned members and would like to welcome you all to the club. I’ll keep saying this until everything is just right but if you have any ideas that you feel will improve this fly fishing club please let me know. If there is anything about the club that you would like to complain about, see any other board member, I’ll probably be busy or something!
As always, proud to be your club President,
Jesse Browns Outdoors
4732 Sharon Rd, Suite 2M Charlotte, NC 28210
A Special Thanks to Bill Bartee for his donations to the Southeast Council Festival this year. A Sage 9 ft. 5 wt. rod donated by Jesse Browns will be raffled at the Festival. Tickets are $10.00 each and can be purchased online at http://southeastfff.org/2013-festival-store/ or at the Festival. Also there are a limited number of $50.00 gift cards that can be purchased for $30.00 when you register online. http://southeastfff.org/festival-2013/ If you have already registered you can sign back onto the web site and order them.
For more information visit Jesse Browns Events Calendar