Carolina Fly Fishing Club
Keep NC's Division of Marine Fisheries Strong Take Action!
The NC House and Senate versions of the 2014-15 budget vary significantly in their relative treatment of the Division of Marine Fisheries.
The Senate version was particularly bad in that it diverted interest earned on investment of recreational fishing licenses fees to the General Fund and also reverted unexpended fees from sale of commercial fishing licenses to the General Fund. These funds are dedicated special funds used by DMF to enforce the laws and rules, to obtain fish landing statistics, and to conduct fishery surveys on stock status and catches. The House version restored these important features.
Both versions increased commercial fishing license fees by about 100%. The difference is that the Senate version set up a new Board of commercial fishing interests to determine how the increase would be spent. Raising fishing license fees to collect public money and then turning control of that money over to a Board of special interests is unparalleled in government and bad public policy. The House version eliminated the special Board and allowed the new money to be spent by DMF for special, “at sea” observers required to comply with the Incidental Take Permit that allows use of large mesh gill nets in the flounder fishery.
The House and Senate took opposite views on entering into a Joint Enforcement Agreement (JEA) with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to improve marine resources enforcement coverage in North Carolina waters. The Senate said absolutely “NO” and the Hose said absolutely “YES.” The reasons to enter into this agreement far outweigh the faulty argument that such an agreement will challenge the autonomy and authority of the state and bring swarms of federal fishery officers into NC. Just the opposite is true. JEA will make it less necessary for federal fisheries officers to patrol NC waters because our own Marine Patrol will have authority and resources to enforce federal laws in state waters. Every coastal state has a JEA with NMFS except NC. Other states enjoy financial benefits from their JEA. NC could claim about $500,000 in new federal money every year, funds that could be used to better equip and support our Marine Patrol.
So, take a moment to send your Representative and Senator the message included with this alert by simply clicking your mouse. The message is, “keep our division of Marine Fisheries strong to accomplish the important work of managing our valuable marine fisheries.” And allow the DMF to enter into a Joint Enforcement Agreement with the National Marine Fisheries Service to improve enforcement of fisheries laws in NC waters.
PS. Please send to a couple of your fishing buddies. We need all hands on deck!
NC Camo Coalition is a project of the NC Wildlife Federation.
Monthly Fly Tying Sessions
Tuesday June 24,2014
We will be having a monthly fly tying session starting Tuesday June 24, 2014 at REI Northlake Mall.
These will continue on Tuesdays through November.
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.
CFFC 2014 Banquet Announcement
Wednesday Nov. 12, 2014
Location: NorthStone Country Club - 15801 NorthStone Drive, Huntersville, N.C.
Date: November 12, 6:30 P.M.-10:00 P.M., Dinner served at 7:30 P.M.
This is CFFC’s first ever end of year banquet to celebrate our 2014 activities and bring together members and their partners for a nice social and fun filled evening. We will have a great buffet dinner and some really nice items for raffle and silent auction. We will also have an entertaining speaker. The date is the same as our regularly scheduled November club meeting. So, put this on your calendars now and invite your spouse, partner or friend to share the evening with us. More information will follow as we get closer to the banquet date, along with instructions for registering.
Buffet Dinner Menu
-Simple Hors d’ Oeuvres (cheese, crackers, fruit, etc.) for meet and greet time
-Dinner Rolls, Fountain Sodas, Coffee and Tea
-Mixed Green Salad
-Potatoes au Gratin, Rice Pilaf
-Seasonal Steamed Vegetable Medley
-Slow Roasted Prime Rib Au Jus & Horseradish Cream Sauce
-Chicken Breast stuffed w/ Boursin Cheese, Spinach & Red Peppers
Total cost is $35.00 per person.
Separately, a cash bar will be provided and managed by facility staff.
Start saving your dollars now for a chance to win some really great prizes.
NorthStone Country Club is east of Huntersville, on McCord Road, off Highway 115, approximately 2 miles east of I-77 and, reachable by exits 23 and 25. This is a very convenient location to find.
From Charlotte, take I-77 to Exit 25, (North Cross) right. Follow Hwy 73 to Hwy 115 then turn right, go ¼ mile and turn left on McCord Road. Entrance is approximately 1.5 miles on your right.
Please register and pay on our Events Calendar we need the total number to order the food. Guests are welcome.
Update at Tuck Fest
White Water Center
5000 Whitewater Center Parkway
Charlotte, NC 28214
CFFC was invited to the Tuck Fest at the White Water Center this past weekend. We were given a space right next to the water where we were able to put on lessons for folks that were interested in learning about fly fishing. The White Water Center had a great crowd on all thee days and we had many people that stopped and learned about our club and how to cast. We also worked on improving casting with several folks who had fly fished before. We were impressed with the crowds who were enjoying being outdoors and taking of advantage of the many competitions, demo's, and some great music. You will want to go back and take the time to see all of the things that are available after you go there once.
A special thanks to all of the club members who came and helped with our program.
Wednesday July 9, 2014
CFFC CLUB MEETING AT REI Northlake Mall, Harris and I-77
6:30 PM Meet and Greet
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM Club Meeting.
Anthony Hipps will be our guest speaker on Fly Fishing for Smallmouth Bass at our July meeting.
Anthony Hipps - Lexington, NC – Anthony served as the FFF-SEC President from 2009-2012. In the past he has served the FFF-SEC on the board of directors, as show fly tying chairman, program show director and festival show chairman. Anthony served on the FFF- Southeastern Council Board of Directors, taught many fly tying seminars and demonstrated fly tying at the FFF-SEC fly fishing festivals 1999-2012, Troutfest, and at various other fishing shows. He is a professional speaker, tier and tying instructor. Anthony has served as president, vice-president, and program chairman for his home fly fishing club, the Nat Greene Fly Fishers in Greensboro, NC.
Anthony has been internationally nationally recognized for his spun deer-hair bass flies, smallmouth bass nymphs (the Hellcraw), saltwater streamers and especially his unique soft-bodied foam poppers, divers and sliders. In 2004 he was a featured fly tier on the Outdoor Life Network’s Fly Fish TV Magazine. Fly Tyer Magazine has published five of Anthony’s articles on his unique flies, including the Hipps Soft-Bodied popper line of flies. In May 2012, Wildlife in North Carolina magazine published an article about Anthony written by Bruce Ingram.
For the July 9th meeting of the Carolina Fly Fishers Anthony will be giving an audio/visual presentation titled “Fly Fishing for Smallmouth Bass in Rivers”. The presentation will end with a fly tying demonstration.
We want to encourage all of our members to make use of our new forum that is now on the website,
CFFC Forum You may check the forum any time you open the website and if you want to post you will need to sign on to post. We hope that you will be posting, giving us your opinions on what we can do to make our club better and tell us about your latest fishing trips.
If you have any questions on how to register, how to post photo's, etc. Please feel free to email me and we
will be glad to help.
Special thanks to the following for their continuing support of our club.
NCWRC Online Information
Please look at the NCWRC web site for some of the new features that are available to us by following the link below.
Another very nice feature on the Website is the Interactive map that is provided. Check the link below for more information.
Lots of great information on where to fish for all species of fish with maps that are easy to follow.
"FYFLE" Fly Raffle
At each 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 or more 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 flies for each fly donated your will receive one ticket.. The other bucket of flies will go to a lucky winner in the general raffle.
If you don’t tie, no worries… the flies you use to enter can be store bought or from anywhere else within the law.