Tuesday, July 21, 2015

July 21st for July 27th Meeting

TFF Monthly Meeting
Time: 7:00 PM
Date: 07/27/2015
Location:
Durham County Wildlife Club
3616 Hopson Road, Morrisville, NC

July's speaker will be Tomas Ivasauskas. Tomas grew up in Blacksburg, VA.  He was introduced to the study of fisheries science during high school, when he interned with the VA Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries.  He enjoyed his experiences at this internship so much that he decided to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Fisheries Science at VA Tech, where he graduated in 2007.  He then continued his education by completing a master’s degree at TN Tech University in 2009.

His presentation will focus on the Hiawassee River. Living within the Hiwassee River and its tributaries is a unique fish assemblage that includes six species of Redhorse.  All Redhorses are benthic (bottom-dwelling) fish that are adapted for feeding on invertebrates. The Sicklefin Redhorse Moxostoma sp. was not discovered until 1992, despite its large size (up to 22 inches).  Due to the impacts of damming, the Sicklefin Redhorse’s naturally small range was reduced by an estimated 50% before the species was ever discovered.  As such, it is of special conservation concern and is currently being considered for the Endangered Species List.  This presentation will recount the story of the Sicklefin Redhorse’s discovery, describe previous and ongoing efforts to understand and recover Sicklefin Redhorse populations, and will include tips for fishing for Redhorse throughout North Carolina.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

June 23 for June 29th, 2015 TFF Meeting

TFF Monthly Meeting
Time: 7:00 PM
Date: 06/29/2015
Location:
Durham County Wildlife Club
3616 Hopson Road, Morrisville, NC

We will have a presentation from Costal Conservation Association's David Sneed. The timing of this presentation is critical to the Raleigh, Marine Fisheries meeting in August

The presentation will start with a brief overview of CCA NC including a short video. We will then focus our presentation on our campaign to get destructive fishing commercial gear out of our inshore waters. These include gill nets and inshore shrimp trawlers. We will also give an update on the Southern flounder FMP supplement that will be on the agenda for the next MFC meeting in Raleigh on August 19 -21.
 
Dave became the Executive Director for CCA NC in April 2014 after working several years as a local volunteer for the East Carolina Chapter in Greenville. He is a Life Member of CCA and a graduate of NC State University.

Monday, May 11, 2015

May 11th for May 18, 2015 TFF Meeting *ATTENTION*The May TFF Meeting will be Monday May 18th, since the 25th is Memorial Day.

TFF Monthly Meeting
Time: 7:00 PM
Date: 05/18/2015
Location:
Durham County Wildlife Club
3616 Hopson Road, Morrisville, NC

*ATTENTION*The May TFF Meeting will be Monday May 18th, since the 25th is Memorial Day.


This month's speaker will be Michael Kesselring, the Program Director for The Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians (FFMSA) in Cherokee, North Carolina. He is responsible for coordinating events for the museum's visitors. His visit to our chapter will be to describe the FFMSA and what it will include. The museum will offer fly casting, fly tying, rod building, and other workshops at least once a month.
Michael Kesselring has lived in Bryson City, North Carolina, since 1975. He is a professional photographer, writer and public speaker. For the past 25 years, Mike has spent most of his free time fishing the wild streams and blue line creeks of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that straddles the state line between Eastern Tennessee and Western North Carolina.
He recently became the Trout Unlimited North Carolina Council Chapter Enhancement Chair. His role is to encourage chapter networking, new membership growth, engage non-attending members, help build new chapters, help rebuild struggling chapters, and to be a liaison between the NC state council and local chapters.
Mike is also a collector. The short list of his collections include 380 fly fishing books, 30 fly rods, 28 fly reels, and over 7,500 flies that he sometimes takes on the road and shows off to fly fishing clubs that invite him to be their meeting program. 

 

Monday, April 20, 2015

April 20th for April 27, 2015 TFF Meeting

TFF Monthly Meeting
Time: 7:00 PM
Date: 04/27/2015
Location:
Durham County Wildlife Club
3616 Hopson Road, Morrisville, NC

This month's speaker will be Terry Hackett. Terry has 28 years of experience as an environmental professional, with 9 of those with local Government. Terry has been a member of Triangle Fly Fishers since 1997, where he has served as a board member, conservation chair, vice-president and president.  He is a member of the Federation of Fly Fishers and a lifetime member of Trout Unlimited. Terry is well known for his fly fishing knowledge of the Eno River gained while working in his brother's fly shop and has published several articles about fly fishing this warmwater fishery.
Terry will be presenting on two topics, first will be Hydrilla on the Eno and efforts to manage and control it. The second portion of Terry's presentation will focus on fishing the Eno, to include advice, access points, flies and gear.
This is a great chance to learn about a local waterway, both from a conservation and recreation perspective.



TFF / TU CLEARWATER LAKE 2nd FISHOUT 2015

Sunday, April 26 will be our second fishout date. The same rules apply.

Gates will open at 9:00 AM and close at 5:00 PM.

Admission is $20 per person. Children (immediate family only) 12 and under are $5 as TFF is  subsidizing the fee. Please note that everyone age 13 and older is required to pay the $20 admission fee. No reservation required.

For the price of admission, you get to keep up to eight trout. Bass and panfish are catch and release. Fly fishing requirements will be set aside. In other words, you can use conventional tackle ... including real worms, crickets, salmon eggs, dough balls, power bait, spinners, etc. Don't forget to debarb all hooks. No minnows. Bring a cooler and some ice to take your fish home in. There are no facilities on site to clean your fish.

 This is a family friendly event  . Bring your children and grandchildren - they will have a blast. What fun it is to hear a youngster squeal with delight when they hang a fish.. . especially a large fish.

For safety reasons, fly rods will  not  be allowed on the large/main dock during the Fishout. We are reserving this dock primarily for children. You may fly fish on any of the other docks or from the bank.

TFF will provide a  FREE Lunch  - - soft drinks, water, hot dogs, and chips. No alcoholic beverages are allowed on the premises. Also, the premises are smoke free.

Have questions? Please email Jim Cappy at jcap013@aol.com

 

Directions to Clearwater Lake are on our website:www.triangleflyfishers.org

All persons on the grounds are required to sign a release form.

 

NOTICE:  The TICKS will be out in full force at Clearwater – please take appropriate measures to avoid them. Check yourself and the kids thoroughly when you get home.

 

Jim Cappy

 

Monday, March 23, 2015

March 23, 2015 - For March 30th TFF Meeting

TFF Monthly Meeting
Time: 7:00 PM
Date: 03/30/2015
Location:
Durham County Wildlife Club
3616 Hopson Road, Morrisville, NC

Our speaker this month will be William Heresniak from Eastern Trophies in Alexandria, Virginia. William is an expert in tying and fishing streamer patterns. He has agreed to come tie some flies ahead of time at the DCWC. We plan to begin tying at 6:30 and having our normal presentation time. William will also have streamers and flies for sale after the meeting.

www.easterntrophies.com

From Keith Johnson, President of the Triangle CCA

There are two very critical openings coming up on the MFC. One is a seat reserved for a recreational angler, and the other is an at-large seat. The current holders of those seats have been very disappointing stewards of the resource, especially the rec seat. So there is an opportunity to significantly improve the composition of that commission, at a very critical time given the pending supplement to the management plan for southern flounder. These are appointments the Governor will make sometime before June. If you know anyone who may be interested, please let me know or have them contact me. ….. And its not necessary to have prior involvement in fisheries issues. 

Keith Johnson
kjohnson@poynerspruill.com




 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

February 17, 2015

TFF Monthly Meeting
Time: 7:00 PM
Date: 02/23/2015
Location:
Durham County Wildlife Club
3616 Hopson Road, Morrisville, NC


February's speaker will feature Jeremy McCargo, Anadromous Fisheries Coordinator. Jeremy has spent 10 years as a biologist with the WRC Region One. Jeremy has extensive knowledge of the Roanoke River striped bass and American/Hickory shad fisheries as he was responsible for management of these populations and continues to be directly involved with habitat improvements. In his new position, Jeremy works closely with Dominion regarding flow issues and fish passage in the Roanoke River as well as our other coastal systems. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

January 21, 2015

TFF Monthly Meeting
Time: 7:00 PM
Date: 01/26/2015
Location:
Durham County Wildlife Club
3616 Hopson Road, Morrisville, NC


Bruce Wankel, of Virginia Creeper Fly Shop (Abingdon, VA), will present information about year-round destination fly fishing opportunities in southwest VA and northeast TN.  This will include the nearby trout waters of our mountains and tailwaters; smallmouth bass rivers and lakes and a little time spent on his fly fishing tactics for hybrids and stripers.
Bruce will bring his gear and tackle and fly boxes -- a great chance to learn how he rigs up and which seasonal fly patterns he turns to for the various species we fish for during the year.
Should be a great presentation, for all skill levels.
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About the speaker:
Bruce Wankel is in his 20th year with his fly fishing businesses. Both the fly shop and his guide service are based out of  his 2-story log home in the historic town of Abingdon, in southwest Virginia. His retail business is the Virginia Creeper Fly Shop, a full service fly fishing specialty store.  Bruce also owns Trestle & Tailrace Fly Fishing, Inc., a professional fly fishing guide and instruction service with 2 professional guides on staff.
Most of Bruce’s guiding time is spent on the nationally known Holston and Watauga tailwaters in nearby northeast Tennessee.  Wankel also spends time in the spring and early summer up in the high country trout streams of southwest Virginia and northeast TN. He also guides on several smallmouth bass waters in the summer and chases hybrids and stripers from January through April.