Tuesday, May 15, 2018

May 15th for May 21st Meeting

 TFF Monthly Meeting
Time: 7:00 PM
Date: 05/21/2018
Durham County Wildlife Club
3616 Hopson Road, Morrisville, NC

Our May speaker will be Louis Daniel. Dr. Daniel is former head of the NC Division of Marine Fisheries and is currently with the North Carolina Wildlife Federation.
We’ve asked Dr. Daniel to tell us how we as an organization and as concerned individuals can use our energy and resources to influence decision making that affects management and conservation of marine fisheries in North Carolina.
At NCWF Dr. Daniel helped draft a 2016 petition that was submitted to the NC Marine Fisheries Commission to place restrictions on shrimp trawling activity including inshore trawling to “…establish expanded nursery areas to protect juvenile fish to allow them a better chance to reach spawning age.” As “North Carolina is the only state on the east coast to allow shrimp trawling in its sounds, fish nurseries, and estuaries”1 these proposed changes are enormously important in improving stocks of sport fish and other finfish in coastal waters. The petition was accepted by the NCMFC in 2017 and rule making is pending. Dr. Daniel will give us an update on rule making and will tell us about an important new Sound Solutions Management Initiative he is working on with NCWF.
This link will take you to the full petition:


The following is a description of the petition from the NCWF website:
“Within these new nursery areas, restrictions would be placed on shrimp trawling activities, including reducing the times allowed for trawling and the kind of gear used for trawling. North Carolina is the only state on the east coast to allow shrimp trawling in its sounds, fish nurseries, and estuaries. North Carolina’s sounds and estuaries are highly productive areas that provide essential habitat to later juvenile fish before these fish have an opportunity to spawn and contribute to the adult population.
This petition for rule-making aims to bring North Carolina in line with all other east coast and Gulf States in limiting trawling in sensitive and critical nursery and habitat areas. It is time we get serious about the future of our fish stocks for the future of North Carolina’s families and economy.”

Thursday, March 22, 2018

March 23rd for March 26th Meeting

 TFF Monthly Meeting
Time: 7:00 PM
Date: 03/26/2018
Durham County Wildlife Club
3616 Hopson Road, Morrisville, NC

Our Monday, March 26 meeting presenter will be Ron Beane, Author of “Fly Fishermen of Caldwell County”


Ron comes to us through TFF member, Dean Lamont. Dean and Ron have been friends and have fished together for years. Ron is an accomplished conservationist and fly fisherman with intimate knowledge of the waters surrounding his Caldwell County home. He’s the co-author of "Fly Fishermen of Caldwell County" which tells the stories of the friends he’s fished with over the years and the water they fished. We’ve asked Ron to share some of his stories about conservation, fishing and the people he’s fished with, and he just might tell us about some good trout water we’ve never fished. We’ll have copies of his book for sale at the meeting. Buy one and get Ron to sign it for you. From the book jacket: About the Author
North Carolina native, Ron Beane, is a former teacher, coach and school administrator. During his tenure as a Caldwell County (NC) Commissioner, a local stream, Wilson Creek, was designated as a Wild and Scenic River. Serving on the National Public Lands Steering Committee and the State of North Carolina’s Clean Water Management Trust Fund Committee gave him a greater appreciation for protecting natural resources and for passing on that passion to our younger generation “to pick up the mantle and carry on.” Through his love of fly fishing, he was fortunate to have met and fished alongside several extraordinary men with equally extraordinary life stories that he felt needed to be preserved. Fishermen of Caldwell County, North Carolina is his response. Ron and his wife live in western North Carolina. They have two children and four grandchildren.


Saturday, April 7, is the designated fish-out day for Triangle Fly Fishers at Clearwater Lake. This is one of the first Fishouts of the season. Come on out and have a fun day of fishing. 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 (subject to change). 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 land 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

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

International Fly Fishing Film Festival - Raleigh!

Triangle Fly Fishers will be hosting a screening of the International Fly Fishing Film Festival in Raleigh, April 30th. The films will be shown at Six Forks Cinema in Raleigh. You can purchase tickets online via the link below or you can purchase them at the upcoming TFF meeting next Monday or through one of our board members. We really want a good turn out so please plan to attend.

IF4™ consists of short and feature length films produced by professional filmmakers from all corners of the globe, showcasing the passion, lifestyle and culture of fly-fishing. The films at this popular event are capturing the attention of anglers around the world. See http://www.flyfilmfest.com/ for samples.

Tickets $10, from any TFF Board member or on line at site above. Doors open at 6:15. There will be raffle prizes as well as this award-winning showing. Normal theater concessions will be available. This replaces the traditional April meeting.


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

February 21st for February 26th Meeting

 TFF Monthly Meeting
Time: 7:00 PM
Date: 02/26/2018
Durham County Wildlife Club
3616 Hopson Road, Morrisville, NC
Our Monday, February 26 Presenter is John Mauser of Tailing Tide Guide Service.


John guides primarily out of Swansboro NC where he specializes in sight fishing for redfish in the marshes between Swansboro and New River inlet. He also moves inland in the spring to target shad on the Roanoke and has been spotted chasing false albacore in the waters near Bogue Inlet in the fall.

John is a leader in the Project Healing Waters Program having served in various positions including the Program Lead. When he’s not fishing, John works as a biologist at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll shores, and is busy setting up manufacture and marketing of a new line of “Mauser” fly rods. We’ve asked John to share information and his perspective on the fisheries he targets as a biologist and professional fisherman. Save room for some eye candy as John does a very nice job with photography and videography. We'll have a pre-meeting from 6:30 to 7:00 to get a look at John’s new line of fly rods, and for some casting demonstrations, weather and time permitting.

Here’s what John says he’s going to talk about:

We will cover the habitats and patterns of redfish throughout the 4 seasons in North Carolina. Discussion will include locating good redfish habitat, choosing the best tides, how to locate and approach redfish, and preferred flies and equipment. I'll also take a few minutes to discuss Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) in North Carolina. I will explain how we use fly fishing to help rehabilitate disabled veterans and active duty, along with some brief info about our annual Cape Lookout Albacore Festival which raises money to support PHWFF. Along with a powerpoint, photos and a box of preferred redfish flies, I will also bring along a couple demo rods from our new line of premium USA made fly rods.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

January 24th for January 29th Meeting

 TFF Monthly Meeting
Time: 7:00 PM
Date: 01/29/2018
Durham County Wildlife Club
3616 Hopson Road, Morrisville, NC

Ollie Smith, Blue Ridge Anglers http://www.blueridgeanglers.com/ollie.html

Ollie has fished all over the world and has been guiding in western North Carolina streams and east Tennessee tailwaters and since 1995. His Blue Ridge Anglers business is focused solely on guided fly fishing. Ollie has been recognized as one of North Carolina’s top five “New Legends” of fly fishing in an article in North Carolina Wildlife Magazine and recently appeared in an episode of “Carolina Outdoor Journal” that featured Ollie and a client tight line nymphing for trout near Boone.
Perhaps most importantly for those of us in attendance, Ollie is one of those guys that’s has lots of useful information that he shares willingly, and he’s just plain fun to listen to.
Ollie will share strategies and techniques to maximize your time on the Watauga and South Houston tailwaters on your own or with a guide. Topics will include best times to fish, hot flies, and how to choose the right guide for a wade or float trip.


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

November 21st for November 27th, 2017 Meeting

 TFF Monthly Meeting
Time: 7:00 PM
Date: 11/27/2017
Durham County Wildlife Club
3616 Hopson Road, Morrisville, NC

 Here is our upcoming schedule for November and December and January. A reminder we don't have a meeting in December, but will have a gathering at Chows on December 4th.


Annual Gear Swap time! Meet at the DCWC, bring any items to sell (fly fishing related), and stock up on well priced gear from other club members. We will our Annual Elections and will present several fly tying sessions


Our Christmas Party will be at Chow on Creedmoor Rd. (8311 Creedmoor Road). The same place we partied last year. Feel free to bring your wife or date. Food will be provided. There will be a cash bar at the Chow Bar.

We will have a Secret Santa gift exchange. Please bring a gift valued less than $10. My philosophy on the gift exchange is to bring a gift you would like to have.

We may auction off a few items. In the Spirit of Christmas all funds raised will go toward our children’s programs, The Kids Fee for the Clear Water Lake Fish Out, The Ed McGee River Course Conservation & Fly Fishing Camp. We are asking for a minimum $5 donation per person.

This event will let us come together to share the Christmas Spirit and reminisce about good times. It should be lots of fun for everyone.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

October 28th for October 30th, 2017 Meeting

TFF Monthly Meeting
Time: 7:00 PM
Date: 10/30/2017
Durham County Wildlife Club
3616 Hopson Road, Morrisville, NC
Our October speaker is Dr. Tom Kwak


NC Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
NC State University

His talk is entitled
Behavior, Survival, and Ecology of Stocked Trout in NC Mountain Streams: Recent Research Findings

Additionally Don Stanger to make a presentation on fishing at Clearwater. He will cover the program and discuss successful techniques for catching trout in a stillwater lake particularly Clearwater.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

September 21st for September 25th Meeting

TFF Monthly Meeting
Time: 7:00 PM
Date: 09/25/2017
Durham County Wildlife Club
3616 Hopson Road, Morrisville, NC
George Howard will talk about the pending Milburine Dam removal. See
George Howard is CEO of Restoration Systems, a Raleigh based environmental mitigation and restoration company. Following his graduation from UNC and work in the US Senate in the 1990’s, George became one of the original proponents of mitigation banking and sold the first large mitigation bank in North Carolina to NCDOT in 1997. Today Restoration Systems has more than 50 mitigation banks, turn-key restoration sites and ecosystem investments in ten states. RS projects and investments total more than 125,000 acres of wetlands and prairies; and 60 miles of streams, rivers and bayous. He has been employed in the industry longer than anyone in the US and is regarded as the most experienced mitigation banker nationally.

Part of that experience has been dam removal to restore rivers. In 2006, the company proposed and executed the only dam removals funded by compensatory mitigation, where large stretches of the Deep River and Little River were restored by the removal of the Carbonton Dam and Lowell Dam respectively. The Lowell removal allowed migratory fish to spawn in the piedmont for the first time in 200 years. George is here to discuss the pending Milburine Dam removal on the Neuse River.  He will describe the removal in terms of ecology, permitting, financing, construction process and long term monitoring. He also promises to explain to us what mitigation bank is.
Saturday, October 7, 2017
3:00 PM to
3616 Hopson Road, Morrisville, NC

This annual event is our major fund-raiser and "fun-raiser" of the year.

Fun includes:
• great food and (non-alcoholic) drink
• casting contest
• door prizes
• bucket raffle

Bring the entire family. Children and significant others are more than welcome. Products and services donated by local merchants, members, and fishing shops and outfitters are available through online, silent, and live auction bidding. Be sure to go to the Discussion/Discussions Forum tab to see the items and trips available for online auction (to be added shortly).

SOME of the many items up for silent and live auction this year include:
- fishing equipment / gear
- mountain and coastal lodging
- professional guided fishing trips to the mountains and coast
and the most popular and affordable:

- "companion" wade and float trips to the mountains, coast, and local area
Cash or personal check accepted for winning bid payment. Note – we do not take credit card at this time!!!

Event starts at 3:00pm. Food served at 5:00. Live auction starts at 6:00.

Pre-sale tickets will be available before the event at the September club meeting for $15 per person. Kids under 12 are free. Please RSVP online so that we can estimate the amount of food we will need.
Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $20.
See you there!