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Fledgling BC Flyfishers FFI chapter soars into a great second year
The FFI chapter of BC Flyfishers is a relative toddler compared to most FFI chapters. The fledgling chapter began to form in late fall of 2013, starting with a group of anglers looking for an active and involved fly fishing club. The initial group consisted of Nick DiNunzio, John Trainor, Kurt Nelson, Gary Romanic, and Bob Bruns.
After some initial informal meetings, the group applied for chapter membership. From there, a board of directors was formed with its first board meeting held on March 15, 2014. A mission statement was crafted and the chapter name was selected along with a unique and very regional logo based on Johnny Hart’s cartoon strip, “BC”. Then came the start of monthly chapter meetings. The first chapter meeting was held on April 24, 2014, featuring an introduction by Kirk Klingensmith, President of the Twin Tier Five Rivers chapter of FFI in the Elmira / Big Flats area of upstate NY. Following Kirk’s introduction, John Trainor gave a presentation on early season steelhead fishing on the Salmon River. By most accounts, the meeting was a huge success and had a turn-out of 41 people. From that auspicious start, the BC Flyfishers started to grow in membership, activity, and involvement.
Among the chapter’s notable accomplishments since its start in early 2014 are the following:
Building a membership of over 50 anglers and anglers-to-be.
A record of monthly chapter meetings with engaging speakers that ranged from local fly anglers, to well-known guides. One chapter meeting was even held “stream-side” on the West Branch of the Delaware.
Promoting fly fishing for a variety of fish species, including smallmouth and largemouth bass, panfish, catfish, salmon, and of course, trout.
Promoting fly casting, the true core of FFI. The chapter ran its first fly casting clinic for beginner fly fishermen this year and had a great turn-out. The clinic included the video-recording of casting for detailed analysis. It also covered important knots and fly rod rigging.
Promoting fly tying by holding a unique series of fly tying classes. Developed by board member John Trainor, the class consisted of 6 modules, each dedicated to the tying of a certain fly type such as a nymph or dry fly. The class was fully attended and drew quite an interest from observers.
Mike Norton of the BC Flyfishers worked with 9 scouts from Boy Scout Troop 155 of Chenango Bridge, NY, and they will be awarded their fly fishing merit badge in late October.
Holding regular fly fishing outings, overnight trips and floats. Trips have included an outing to the West Branch of the Delaware (with sister chapter, the Twin Tier Five Rivers (TTFR) chapter), a float trip with the TTFR chapter on the Chemung River, an overnight weekend trip to the AuSable River, a trip to the Salmon River, and numerous trips to local ponds and the warmwater rivers – the Tioughnioga, Chenango, and Susquehanna.
Assisting with conservation projects as well as raising money to help veterans through fly fishing.
The chapter has raised the most money through fly rod raffles. These raffles have put very nice TFO fly rods, courtesy of FFI’s membership enrollment program, into the hands of BCFF membership. A highlight in the rod raffle program has been the donation by the Cortland Line Company of one of their 100th Anniversary fly rods to the chapter. This rod, #5 of the 100 built, was customer made by Mike McFarland and is a 4 piece, 9 foot 5 weight with beautiful components. It will be raffled later in the year.
Looking ahead, the chapter leadership wants to continue its active pace and improve on its membership experience. Planned for the fall and winter are more fly tying classes – this time for intermediate level fly tiers – and a rod-building clinic. There will be more trips this fall and another casting clinic in the spring. Contact chapter President Nick DiNunzio at firstname.lastname@example.org to join or visit the chapter’s website for more information.
Trees for Tributaries Program: An Opportunity to Reforest Your Streamside Areas
Do you have a stream running through your property? Streams are their best when the riparian area, or land area next to the stream is forested.
The New York State Department of Environment Conservation’s “Trees for Tributaries” Program provides landowners with native t ree s and shrubs
at no cost to reforest these streamside areas.
If the riparian area is not vegetated, or if the vegetation is of poor quality, stream stability is vulnerable. This vegetation, or riparian buffer, provides many services in regard to stream stability, but also to terrestrial and aquatic habitats. The riparian area aids in stream stability by slowing floodwaters as well as reducing bed and bank erosion. Both aquatic and terrestrial habitats benefit from this area too shaded streams have lower
temperatures and higher oxygen content providing for a more habitable area for invertebrates and fish. Riparian buffers filter out nutrients from stormwater, therefore protecting waterways from nutrient pollution, and the diverse, shaded riparian area provides for a refuge and corridor for land animals. Plus, pollinators and migratory birds are attracted to these areas!
Additionally, riparian forest buffers enhance the aesthetic and economic value of our properties, may
create privacy green screens, or create a hunting ground.
Upper Susquehanna Coalition is here to help you plan and plant your buffer through this program. The main eligibility requirement is to have a stream on your property. Private and public sites qualify for the program.
If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the program, please contact Taylor Held ( email@example.com ) or Lydia Brinkley lbrinkley@u s c.org ) at the Upper
Susquehanna Coalition or call (607)687 3553.
This covers just what FFI is about, fishing for any type of fish. Our go-to bass fisherman is Robert Brun’s and he has signed up to help if the person wants to bring a friend no problem. I have 11 people signed up to be Fishing Buddies so far and if you wish to be a help send me an email with your name, phone number and email address.
Once spring arrives we will send a list out and it will be up to you to contact the person and arrange the details to go and have some fun fishing.
We have other programs that will be ongoing such as an email that might say, Hi if anyone wants to meet me this evening or tomorrow in Johnson City at the Park behind Home Depot, come around 6 pm. It may be a pond to fish for crappies, perch, and bass. This would be perfect for a youngster to learn fly fishing and have fun. This also could bring in new members.
Please watch your emails and do open them, we are trying, but it is up to YOU to step up and engage with your club members!
Thanks, the light in the tunnel is getting much brighter now!
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