Next Monthly Meeting:
Thursday, June 8, 2023
Our guest speaker in June is Jason Thatcher, a full-time river guide and owner of River Pursuit Guide Service on the Sacramento River near Red Bluff where he has held a guide license since 2002 with experience guiding in CA and AK with both jet and drift boats
Regarding his presentation, in Jason’s words: What I would like to share is that when it comes to the lower Sacramento River, there is life beyond Redding, and there is life beyond bobbers; and life is good!
I will be presenting information regarding the fly-fishing opportunities below Anderson and reaching all the way down to Corning. This stretch of water generally receives much less pressure, has a very dynamic variety of water types, and maybe best of all the opportunity to deploy tactics other than indicators.
Besides the typical indicator rig we often use dry-droppers, tight-line (euro) nymphing, dries, and a hybrid technique that combines a euro setup with an indicator that I haven’t found a name for yet.
I have invested a lot of time and effort in developing a tight-line rig that functions well in the big water and I will share some of that practical knowledge.
The club’s fiscal year will end on June 30th and it would, therefore, be appropriate to recap what the club has done over the last 12 months.
Let’s start with the monthly meetings. American society was coming out of its Covid-19 stupor last July. Yes, it seems much longer – but the meeting attendance numbers tell a different story. Check it out: In July and August between 30 and 40 members would show up. In September and October attendance moved up to 40 and 50 members. The December potluck was modestly attended but then, wait for it, there was the swap meet. Oh, yeah, it turns out the boys like their hot chili and sweet deals. That event got ‘em out of the house and rubbing elbows!
Attendance at the January and February meetings started pushing 60 members but Annual Dinner ticket sales were slow, very slow. Luckily, the atmospheric rivers subsided, ticket sales swelled and the rest was history. A complete sell-out of this March event generated more than $27,000 in gross revenue and stimulated more interest in the monthly meetings. For example, the attendance in both April and May exceeded 80 members, which was more than double where we started in July.
The increasing attendance indicates we must be doing something right. Actually, we’re doing a lot of things right: casting clinics, knot tying classes, monthly fly-tying jams; the list goes on and on. And let’s not forget our conservation efforts. Every autumn we put salmon and steelhead eggs into 35 elementary school classrooms. And every June we donate money to environmental groups that preserve and protect our home waters. In fact, the Conservation Committee will meet on June 12th to divvy up the $10,000 generated by the Annual Dinner…. a generous farewell to efforts well made.
Upon reflection, it’s been a very good year. The events conducted – or sponsored – by the club not only kept members involved, they also strengthened relationships frayed by the pandemic.
Enough about looking at life through the rear-view mirror, it’s time to hit the water.
Kim Lloyd, GBF President
New on the GBF site:
- See the new and improved fishouts and clinics sign-up process with the addition of “Signup” buttons on the pages. Click the links for a quick look.
- We now have dates for the Truckee and LT 2023 fishouts! See the schedule here.
- A list of all GBF past presidents all the way back to 1985 has just been added 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 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 bamboo rod or reel.
- Check out the GBF Photo Gallery here. Send your best photos to Chris Kight.
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Eagle Lake Fishout
Thursday June 1 through Sunday, June 4.
Manzanita Lake Fishout
Monday June 5 through Sunday June 11.
GBF Board Meeting
Tuesday, June 6, 6:30 PM – via Zoom.
Fuller Lake Fishout
Wednesday June 7, 8:00 AM meet-up.
Thursday, June 8, 7:00 PM at the Club House.
Truckee River Fishout
Saturday, June 10.
Fly Tying Jam
Tuesday June 20, 6:30 PM at the Club House.
Truckee River Fishout
Saturday June 24.
Upper Sac Fishout
Thursday June 22 through Sunday, June 25.
Friday June 30.
Article of the Month
Confessions of a Lazy Fly Tyer – by John Byron
GBF and Youth Fly Fishing
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