Next Monthly Meeting:

Thursday, June 13, 2024 7:00PM

June Monthly Program

Our guest speaker this month is Jim Haufler, a member of Granite Bay Flycasters and President of Friends of Auburn Ravine (FAR).  Auburn Ravine is a small stream that starts outside the City of Auburn, flows through the City of Lincoln and, eventually, empties into the Sacramento River near Verona.  FAR is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation whose conservation efforts are focused on protecting and enhancing natural habitats in the western Placer and Sutter County watersheds.  His presentation will focus on “Opportunities along Auburn Ravine to improve habitat for fish and wildlife.”

In Jim’s words:  Growing up in a family of avid hunters and anglers, I learned to respect and protect the natural environment while roaming the mountains and valleys of northern California.  After retiring, my wife and I had time to explore the local area and quickly learned to appreciate the open spaces and hiking trails along Auburn Ravine. It was Marlene who spotted our first salmon in 2010.  Later that year, she also caught a glimpse of a rare Pacific Lamprey.

I initially worked as a volunteer for other organizations concerned with the preservation of wildlife and coordinated a Citizen Science Program along Auburn Ravine.  I am now a Board Member and President of Friends of Auburn Ravine which was formed in 2016.

Leader’s Line

Our life experience is comprised of innumerable dualities: good and evil, sweet and sour, observation and action…you get the picture.  Dualities help our minds create order from the chaos presented by nature.

Dualities are often, but not always, contradictory.  Good and evil are opposites, whereas observation is complementary to action.  This is good to know because the quality of one’s observations will often improve the rewards of one’s actions.

The club’s last speaker, James Garrettson, addressed this topic of observation and action.  The term he used was “fishing with intent”.  James explained that fly fishers need to: 1) Observe the water; 2) Understand where the fish may be holding; and 3) Put together a game plan.  For example, will you work the water upstream with nymphs or downstream with wet flies?  Start from shore or walk into the water, if so, how far?  James’ point was that you don’t start to fish until you have identified the intent of your actions.

There is nothing groundbreaking about the concept of “fishing with intent”.  It is a principle we learn to appreciate.  The Greeks famously said “The Fates will lead he who will, he that won’t will be dragged.”  The same concept holds true for successful fishing.

Another principle is “to do the basics brilliantly”.   These other basics include fly casting, knot tying and fly tying, not to mention learning about lines, leaders and tippets.  It is the knowledge – and constant improvement – of these basics that improves one’s fishing success.  Knowledge starts with observations.  Observe carefully and act accordingly.

Let’s meet on the water.

Kim Lloyd, GBF President 

New on the GBF site:

  • A reminder that all historic FLY TYING JAM recipes back to May of 2017 are available here in a single location under the Fly Tying menu tab. New to fly tying? Check out the educational links at the top of that page.
  • Check out the new Rod Building videos (at bottom of page) found here!
  • The Conservation area of the website has seen a major overhaul! Click on Conservation Corner for full details from new Conservation VP Jim Monical.
  • A list of all GBF past presidents all the way back to 1985 can be found here.
  • A list of GBF member achievers for the Fly Fishers International Fly Casting Skills Development Program is now available here.
  • Collectors and aficionados of vintage bamboo and glass rods, and reels will now find contact info for long-time expert Jim Adams of Adams Angling on the GBF Links page under Vintage Fly Gear, Books and More. A good source to check the value of granddads vintage fly gear.
  • Check out the GBF Photo Gallery here. Send your best photos to Chris Kight.

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“Fly-Fishing is solitary, contemplative, misanthropic, scientific in some hands, poetic in others, and laced with conflicting aesthetic considerations. It’s not even clear if catching fish is actually the point.”            ~ John Gierach

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