Tuesday, March 18, 2014

March 18, 2014

TFF Monthly Meeting
Time: 7PM
Date: 03/31/2014
Location:
Durham County Wildlife Club
3616 Hopson Road, Morrisville, NC

Pre-Program
6:30 pm – 7:00

SO YOU WANT TO FLY FISH…
 
We continue our seminars for the novice fly fisher this month by demonstrating how to set-up your fly rod and teaching you a few key knots. Join us prior to the regular monthly meeting on March 31


Main Presentation


Jacob Rash, from the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, will be our speaker this month.  He will be speaking about the Commission’s recently updated Trout Management Plan, Trout Fishing webpage, and interactive map.  He plans to keep that brief, however, in order to have time for topics of specific interest to TFF members (e.g., sampling results and Brown Trout fisheries).
 
Jacob serves as Coldwater Research Coordinator for the NC Wildlife Resources Commission.  He received a B.S. in Zoology from NC State University and a M.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Science from Virginia Tech.  He enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, and keeping up with NC State athletics
 
 
Trout Unlimited Women's Initiative
From the National Trout Unlimited Women's Initiative Workgroup:
 
Our goal for the Women's Initiative Workgroup has been to increase and retain new women members in TU.  We started a free membership program last year and were successful in increasing our membership with 2600+ women!  What is even more exciting  is that our retention rate for these new members is now at 13% and has far surpassed our original goal!  To keep this momentum continuing, TU has started a new membership drive for women starting March 1 through May 31. 
 
This information was included in the recent Lines To Leaders.  Free memberships will be offered to women once again during this time frame and I encourage you to promote this event to your fellow State Council and Chapters.  To continue improving retention rates, TU is also offering reduced memberships to women who had signed up for the free membership and their memberships are due.  The renew rate is $17.50 and $15.00 of that amount will be given to the chapters.  This membership drive starts March 15 through June 15.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

February 18, 2014

TFF Monthly Meeting
Time: 7PM
Date: 02/24/2014
Location:
Durham County Wildlife Club
3616 Hopson Road, Morrisville, NC


Pre-Program
6:30 pm – 7:00

SO YOU WANT TO FLY FISH…

Join us for the first in a series of monthly pre-programs for the novice fly fisher.
This month we will present an overview of the essential equipment needed to fly fish NC.

We will discuss choosing a rod, reel, line and other equipment to get you started in our sport!!

Main Presentation:

Capt. Lee Parsons will be our February presentation guest. He will present Roanoke River shad/striped bass flies and fly fishing strategies, salt water flies and fly fishing strategies.

 

For more information on Lee, visit his website at: http://www.gottaflyguideservice.com/

Monday, January 6, 2014

January 6, 2014

TFF Monthly Meeting
Time: 7PM
Date: 01/27/2014
Location:
Durham County Wildlife Club
3616 Hopson Road, Morrisville, NC

At our January meeting, Rus Schwausch (pronounced “ss-wow-sh”) of EPIC Angling & Adventure will tell us about two fishing destinations-of-a-lifetime located on the Alaska Peninsula – Alaska Wilderness SAFARI and Alaska Wilderness OUTPOST.
Alaska Wilderness SAFARI, the more sophisticated operation, is written up in the book Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die as "arguably the most isolated coastal fishing camp in Alaska and one of the best places in the world to pursue chrome-bright, ocean-fresh salmon." But if you want, there's a lot more to do than just fish. This eco-diverse destination also offers daily wildlife viewing, waterfalls, tide pools and beach combing, plus helicopter fly-out fishing!

His second operation is Alaska Wilderness OUTPOST. It’s a rustic, early season camp offering excellent small stream fishing for rainbow trout, grayling, king salmon and more. Short on frills, this program is for the die-hard fisherman focused on quality fishing rather than extraneous amenities.
 
Beginning in 1995, Rus spent a few summers in Alaska exploring remote rivers on unguided float trips with his buddies. They would fly with all their equipment to the headwaters by bush plane, then float and fish over 100 mile stretches for two weeks at a time. These trips “infected” Rus with Alaska and steered his life in a completely new direction. Giving up his full time engineering job, he started guiding in Alaska during the summer of 2001 while continuing engineering consulting work the other 9 months back in Austin, TX. In 2004, Rus took over the operation where he first guided, Alaska Wilderness SAFARI, and is coming up on season number 14 there.
 
You can find out more about his operations at www.epicanglingadventure.com, or just come to the next meeting to see some Alaska-sized fish and incredible photography on the big screen.
 

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Monday, November 25, 2013

December 12, 2013

TFF Monthly Meeting
No Meeting in December!


Happy Holiday's



TFF Holiday Social

Come socialize with TFF members and their friends
and significant others and enjoy good food and prizes. 

Dec 12, 2013
7:00pm - 10:00pm

Chow Raleigh
8311 Creedmoor Road.
Raleigh, NC 27613
919-841-4995

Please bring a wrapped gift (suggested value: $5-$10)
 to participate in the gift swap. 

Food and soft drinks provided. 
Cash bar for other beverages.

We will be taking voluntary donations to sponsor
a Rivercourse attendee.


Reddington fly rod as door prize.   

 
 




Tuesday, November 12, 2013

November 12, 2013

TFF Monthly Meeting
Time: 7PM
Date: 11/25/2013
Location:
Durham County Wildlife Club
3616 Hopson Road, Morrisville, NC

This month's meeting will feature our annual Gear Swap.  Bring the gear that you no longer need and sell it, or swap it for different stuff!  This is a great chance for new fly fishers to pick up quality gear at bargain prices and for the more experienced anglers to reduce their hoard of equipment -- or sell some of their custom-tied flies that always catch fish!

Monthly meetings feature informative and entertaining speakers, covering a variety of topics. See the Discussion Board for info about upcoming speakers. We also discuss club business and upcoming events, and usually have a raffle for some nifty prizes.


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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

October 9 2013

TFF Monthly Meeting
Time: 7PM
Date: 10/28/2013
Location:
Durham County Wildlife Club
3616 Hopson Road, Morrisville, NC
Our fellow TFF member Mike Sepelak has had an interesting fishing year. The fly
rod has carried him from the Mexican Baja peninsula to Bahamian out islands to
the Michigan UP - not to mention plenty of southeastern haunts in between. From
brookies on 3wts to bonefish on 8s to roosters and muskies on 9s and 10s, he’s
chased a variety in 2013. And it’s not over yet. Come see his picture show of “What I
Did on (Fishing) Vacation.”

Mike’s been a TFF member since he retired from IBM back in 2006. He’s filled most
of his time, since then, following his fly rods around the state (and farther) and
writing about in on his blog, Mike’s Gone Fishing.


Pig Pickin' Auction Proxy

If you can't make the Pig Pickin' there is still a way you can bid on the following trips. If you're interested please email contactTFF@gmail.com with your maximum bid. One of the board members will bid as your proxy for the following auctions.

Carp Fishing Trip for One Angler
Sight fish for carp out of a flat skiff in the Charlotte area. Capt'n Paul Rose has these popular,skiddish, large and strong fish dialed in from where to look for them, gear, flies and methods.  Several club memebers have fished with him and rate this trip as a "must do". Capt'n Paul is a first rate guide and ensures every trip is a good one.  Additional guided trips are available for trout, Lg mouth bass, and Redfish.  Capt'n Paul also hosts destination travel trips to Padagonia, Carolina Bonefishing (www.carolinabonefishing.com).


 Guided half (1/2) day float trip for two (2) for trout or smallies
This trip is for two angles 1/2 float trip.This trip will be on the South Holston or Watauga river fly fishing for trout or 1/2 day two person float on the Houlston river below Kingsport, TN fly fishing for smallmouth.  It is up to the purchaser to decide where to fish.  Included with trip are all flies, fly rods, reels,drinks, and snacks for the day.  Can be extended to a full day for additional cost.  Contact Jon Faris head guide at Eastern Fly Outfitters, Johnson City, TN  423-967-0182.


One Full Day of Unguided Fishing on Davidson River Trophy Section for one (1) angler
Yes you'll get access to the famed Davidson River Trophy Section!  This is the access you want to be able to target the big ones!  Davidson River Outfitters  www.DavidsonFlyFishing.com


Half-day wade trip
Half-day guided wade trip for two (2) anglers (Great Smoky Mtns, Tuckaseegee, the Nantahala, Oconaluftee, Raven Fork, West Fork of the Pigeon or other location along the WNC Fly Fishing Trail).  Can be upgreaded to 3/4 day for additional cost.(hookersflyshop.com)


Full day guided trip for one (1) angler
Trout fishing on Western NC Mountain waters with guide Jeff Wilkins.


 Two nights at "Money Pit" near Waynesville, NC
The Money Pit is the place to stay while chasing those trophy fish in the Western NC mountains.  It's close to all the good water and entertainment too. June, July and October blacked out. (www.belmountaincottage.com)  Expires Dec 2014.

 One and a half (1.5) days and one (1) night at Eseeola Lodge
 Eseeola Lodge is a five star destination.  Two days and one night at Eseeola Lodge for two anglers  A half (1/2) day guided native trout trip on their private water on arrival day, then a half day access to the private water the next day.  A one hour Sporting Clay lesson is also included.  Can be extended to extra nights and activities for additional cost.  Contact Alan Burchell (Wulff certified fly fishing instructor and certified shooting instructor (www.eseeola.com)  Expires Dec 2014


Pig Pickin' Online Auction

We will be holding an online auction prior to the actual Pig Pickin’ in order to (1) prime the pump for those attending and get them in the spending spirit and (2) to give those unable to attend the opportunity to purchase some of the great trips we have lined up. 

We are posting five trips:

- Redfish/Trout Kayak Trip to Bear/Emerald Isle for One Angler (Capt'n Troy Branham)
- One Long Half Day on the Roanoke for Shad or Stripers for up to 2 People (John Leraas)
- One Day Wading Trout Trip at Delayed Harvest Stream for One Angler (Kevin Frank)
- Smallmouth Bass Float Trip on the New River (Capt'n Roger Foote & Greg Byrd)
- One Day Coastal Kayak Fishing Trip for One Angler (Captain Chris Tryon)

Each trip will be posted on Meetup as an individual discussion item. To bid simply reply to the discussion with your bid. If the “Buy It Now” price is reached the bidding is over and the winner is decided. Otherwise the highest bid placed before 10:00PM on Thursday Oct. 11 wins. Payment may be made through PayPal (details to follow), at the Pig Pickin’, or at the October monthly TFF Meeting.


TFF Annual Pig Pickin 
Schedule:
  • 3:00 Doors Open - Silent Auction & Bucket Raffle Begin
  • 3:15 Games, Entertainment, and Fellowship
  • 3:30 Casting Contest with Ned Jones
  • 4:00 Early Bird Door Prize Drawing
  • 5:00 Casting Contest Closes
  • 5:30 2nd Door Prize Drawing
  • 5:30 Dinner
  • 6:10 Welcome and Remarks - Terry Suess, President
  • 6:20 Introduction and Remarks - Preston McQueen
  • 6:30 3rd Door Prize Drawing
  • 6:35 Live Auction Begins
  • 7:15 Silent Auction and Bucket Raffle Close
  • 8:30 Live Auction Closes

    New Officers Needed 

    Have you ever wanted more control of what TFF does with their money and resources?
     Do you wish you knew more behind the scenes of how the club worked?
    Would you like to participate in club communications such as the newsletter?
    Does the idea of being club president sound intriguing?
    If the answer is yes to any of these questions the club is looking for new Officers. Several positions are open and voting will begin soon. If you have any questions or curiosity about the duties of a certain position please email contacttff@gmail.com.
     
    To view the TFF Officer positions: 


Lets Talk Fishing

DH Season is Coming
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Thursday, October 3, 2013

October 3 2013

TFF Monthly Meeting
Time: 7PM
Date: 10/28/2013
Location:
Durham County Wildlife Club
3616 Hopson Road, Morrisville, NC
Our fellow TFF member Mike Sepelak has had an interesting fishing year. The fly
rod has carried him from the Mexican Baja peninsula to Bahamian out islands to
the Michigan UP - not to mention plenty of southeastern haunts in between. From
brookies on 3wts to bonefish on 8s to roosters and muskies on 9s and 10s, he’s
chased a variety in 2013. And it’s not over yet. Come see his picture show of “What I
Did on (Fishing) Vacation.”

Mike’s been a TFF member since he retired from IBM back in 2006. He’s filled most
of his time, since then, following his fly rods around the state (and farther) and
writing about in on his blog, Mike’s Gone Fishing.



Pig Pickin' Online Auction

We will be holding an online auction prior to the actual Pig Pickin’ in order to (1) prime the pump for those attending and get them in the spending spirit and (2) to give those unable to attend the opportunity to purchase some of the great trips we have lined up. 

We are posting five trips:

- Redfish/Trout Kayak Trip to Bear/Emerald Isle for One Angler (Capt'n Troy Branham)
- One Long Half Day on the Roanoke for Shad or Stripers for up to 2 People (John Leraas)
- One Day Wading Trout Trip at Delayed Harvest Stream for One Angler (Kevin Frank)
- Smallmouth Bass Float Trip on the New River (Capt'n Roger Foote & Greg Byrd)
- One Day Coastal Kayak Fishing Trip for One Angler (Captain Chris Tryon)

Each trip will be posted on Meetup as an individual discussion item. To bid simply reply to the discussion with your bid. If the “Buy It Now” price is reached the bidding is over and the winner is decided. Otherwise the highest bid placed before 10:00PM on Thursday Oct. 11 wins. Payment may be made through PayPal (details to follow), at the Pig Pickin’, or at the October monthly TFF Meeting.


TFF Annual Pig Pickin 
Schedule:
  • 3:00 Doors Open - Silent Auction & Bucket Raffle Begin
  • 3:15 Games, Entertainment, and Fellowship
  • 3:30 Casting Contest with Ned Jones
  • 4:00 Early Bird Door Prize Drawing
  • 5:00 Casting Contest Closes
  • 5:30 2nd Door Prize Drawing
  • 5:30 Dinner
  • 6:10 Welcome and Remarks - Terry Suess, President
  • 6:20 Introduction and Remarks - Preston McQueen
  • 6:30 3rd Door Prize Drawing
  • 6:35 Live Auction Begins
  • 7:15 Silent Auction and Bucket Raffle Close
  • 8:30 Live Auction Closes

    New Officers Needed 

    Have you ever wanted more control of what TFF does with their money and resources?
     Do you wish you knew more behind the scenes of how the club worked?
    Would you like to participate in club communications such as the newsletter?
    Does the idea of being club president sound intriguing?
    If the answer is yes to any of these questions the club is looking for new Officers. Several positions are open and voting will begin soon. If you have any questions or curiosity about the duties of a certain position please email contacttff@gmail.com.
     
    To view the TFF Officer positions: 


Lets Talk Fishing

DH Season is Coming
Click on the pictures below to see a larger view.