Next Monthly Meeting:

Thursday, December 14, 2023 7:00PM

November’s Monthly Program

The Relapse of a Flyfishing Addict
Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Our speaker this month is Dave Shafer, who will take you through the ups and downs of being addicted to flyfishing. To the highest of highs, to the lowest of lows and the many people and experiences that brought me there and back again.

Dave’s Bio: I started fly fishing 1991 on the rivers of the central California valley. From then on, all my spare time was spent flyfishing. I was truly addicted to catching trout since I was 5 years old, but the magic of feather and thread was a game changer. I Could not get enough. I was fishing somewhere around 40-50 days a year. In 1995 I started guiding the Upper Sacramento River, McCloud River, Pit River, Lower Yuba, and Lower Sac. This all lead me on a journey where I was teaching, traveling, and guiding hundreds of people a year. So many things and so many people had aligned perfectly at the precise right time where I was living the perfect dream life. Then suddenly, I was done. Lost in the wilderness sort of speak. I went many years without evening touching a fly rod. Now, many years later, I’m back!

Leader’s Line

November is the month the club kicks off a couple events.  First, there is the membership renewal effort.  Second, are ticket sales for the annual dinner.  From a macro view, membership renewals fund the club’s operations.  The proceeds from the annual dinner provides the cash for donations to conservation groups and the Bill Carnazzo Fellowship at Cal Poly Humboldt.  Last year the club donated $10,000 for conservation and another $3,500 to the fellowship.

The membership renewal and annual dinner events have one thing in common: the monies generated by them are based on fixed amounts.  This is important because the costs of running those events are increasing.  For example, higher insurance premiums increase operational costs and higher food costs reduce the net proceeds from the annual dinner.  These increases mean there could be a gap between the club’s planned expenditures and what it can actually afford.

The Board does not care to raise membership fees or annual dinner ticket prices at this time.  Hence, membership renewal rates will remain at $35 for individuals and $40 for families.  It also means the cost of an annual dinner ticket remains at $50.

But the club would like to build a “rainy-day fund” into the budget to avoid a cash-crunch.  Let me explain how this would work.  Members will be asked during the renewal process to “round-up” their membership purchase to $50.  This choice is completely voluntary.  These contributions can then be used to make sure the club can maintain operations and keep donations at their current levels.

The “rounding up” option may not be a perfect solution but there is no desire to unnecessarily raise membership dues or increase annual dinner ticket prices.  This option allows members to make the decision that best suits their individual needs and still support the club.

Hope to see ya on the water.

Kim Lloyd, GBF President 

New on the GBF site:

  • Check out the major overhaul of the Conservation area of the website! Click on Conservation Corner for full details from new Conservation VP Jim Monical.
  • The new GBF membership management and event registration system is released! Be sure to sign-in under “Member Options” and complete your member profile.
  • A list of all GBF past presidents all the way back to 1985 has 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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To renew your 2024 Membership, please click here.

To join GBF, please click here.

For Annual Dinner Tickets, please click here.

“In every species of fish I’ve angled for, it is the ones that have got away that thrill me the most, the ones that keep fresh in my memory.  So I say it is good to lose fish.  If we didn’t, much of the thrill of angling would be gone.”
-Ray Bergman

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