Information about weekend of February 23/24.
The Arkansas fishing trip sounds like it was a success from what I heard at fly tying night. The weather turned out to be pleasant even though it was on the cool side. Many fish were taken on different flies using different methods. Randy again caught the largest fish and many fishers caught 15 to 16 inch fish. The food was good and company was even better.
The Woodstock Outdoors Expo was pleasant. There were a few fly fishing vendors. There was a good crowd of people around Fung’s fish tank again this year. Barry Coddens had a nice pizza dinner with Bob Clouser. Also, three members of Gary Borger, Dick Dragiewicz, Fung Chin and myself, tied flies and had pizza and beer with Bob Clouser.. The Boy Scout merit badge program which Gary Borger Chapter participated in was not the best this year, very few scouts.
Thanks, to all of you who participated in the Arkansas trip and volunteered at the Woodstock Expo. Without your help we would not have these great programs.
Winter is so trapping in it’s all it’s trappings, especially for a fly fisher from Chicago. It can be blindingly boring, and crushing to a soul as it creeps through it’s long nights and short harsh days. But when the earth’s axis starts tilting back towards the sun I have often found myself bursting forth from the Highland Park cabin in a speeding car with Randy Cochran at the helm headed for fish. So it was that I swung through downtown Chi-town and we pointed the hood of his car south headed for hillbillies and hook-ups. It was time for Arkansas!
All day and into the night we had watched the weather, waiting for the ice that showed on the radar to actually hit the pavement. With ten miles to go it started to come down in all freezing forms, but it was just ten miles to the lodge. We had beaten the storm.
Thursday brought gray skies and little icy pellets coming from the sky. Even so, the dams weren’t releasing and the fish were rising right out the front door. There was a quick breakfast and then we all split up to go our own ways to chase trout. I headed out with Paul Muller to the Trophy section of the Norfork. It was as low and good looking as I have ever seen it. Fish were everywhere, but he weather was rotten cold and still icy, windy, snowy, and rainy. I had a fish on my second cast of the Matt’s Bug, and then pretty often thereafter. I just wish my fingers could have felt them all. “No monsters, but Plenty to chase away winter!” could have been the mantra for the trip. People at the Norfork Dam did great, too.
That night we played pool and drank beers, whiskey, and shots into the night. It was shaping up to be a great trip. All in all GBTU urned out just six people due to some unfortunate last minute cancellations. But, Kyle Camp brought a friend to fill one more bed. The Central Texas Fly Fishers did better with eight members. Then there was Paul a lost and bearded soul that ambled up from the Little Red River to hang out and slay trout in masses with his Tenkara Rod and a brace of size 24 red midges.
Friday dawned bright and shiny with glimmering ice coated trees in the sunlight. We fished a half day in the trophy section with plenty of nice fish caught then headed for Barbecue, and Cotter, and the Mountain River Fly Shop. Sadly the Blue Ribbon Fly Shop has recently closed. Afterwards, we headed to the Roundhouse Access on the White River. The water was down and several fish were caught. I ended the evening sliding tiny black and white midges down a bubble line to an entire run of porpoising fish just as daylight was disappearing. Many memorable fish fell for that presentation! A great dinner was had by all at PJ’s in Norfork. We ended the night tying midges and San Juan Worms well into the night with Mike Brown. While whoops and hollers came briskly from downstairs at the pool table.
Saturday was a great day of fishing with full sunshine and little wind. Many fish were caught by all. Randy took a nice heavy yellow Brown. I fished a Zebra under a cork mostly and did well enough to forget about winter for a while. Kyle got a first hand lesson on swinging the surf and turf rig from Randy to good results. Everyone seemed to get on really hot streaks whether on the stream or on the pool table during this trip and you know how those hot streaks can turn ones mood around after too much time in the frozen North! Mark your calendars to attend next year and come along!
We hope the Spring will bring higher flows and thereby fish up our restored Millard Ravine in Highland Park. While physical work has finished up on this stream, the work of educating the public continues. Jim Tingey, Rebecca Grill, Matt Jennings, and other many other Parks Department Staff are working with John Cawood to develop science curriculum connected to the ravines for local 4-8th graders. This is in conjunction to the Ravine Education HP High School biology students currently participate in. There also will be signage added to the project in the near future. There will be a workday later in the Spring to do maintenance work on the stream work at Millard Park. The Army Corps of Engineers is poised to get to work of daylighting and rehabing another stream that currently runs in a culvert under the parking lot of Rosewood Beach . We also are looking at doing some maintenance on our project at Paradise Springs later in the year.
I’m happy to announce there will be a 2013 Trout Unlimited Upper Midwest Regional Meeting in Madison Wisconsin on April 20and 21st. GBTU will be looking for partners for future projects at this important meeting. We are always looking for the right projects to get our members involved in. If anyone wants to attend please contact me and we’ll work it out.
Take care, Matt Jennings
We are in desperate need of volunteers to help with the youth program at the Woodstock Show on February 23rd and 24th. The time commitment would be for either a morning or afternoon session. Our primary commitment is to do an introduction to fly fishing gear as well as knots. As things stand we have five folks owner the two days to cover these two areas for what may turn out to be 150 kids.
If you could possibly help out it would be greatly appreciated. Contact Barry Coddens at email@example.com if you can help out.
Barry A. Coddens
Tonight’s meeting features author Rich Osthoff! Rich’s presentation will center on fishing southwestern Wisconsin spring creeks, including:
- Seasonal trout movement in watersheds
- The best times to fish the region for fast action and larger brown trout
- Innovative nymphing techniques, including long-line nymphing, that are well- suited to targeting spring creek trout
- Mayfly, caddis and terrestrial fishing
- Fly selection, including the best prospecting flies for larger trout
- Getting off the beaten path and exploring away from the crowds
Here’s your chance to pick up some ideas on fishing the southwestern part of Wisconsin. Rich Osthoff discusses trout fishing on his home waters—the dozens of excellent spring creeks of western Wisconsin. Rich has fished the Driftless Area of western Wisconsin for nearly five decades and offers many valuable insights into fly-fishing the region.
You can find out more about Mr Osthoff at his website, http://www.richosthoff.com/
Please welcome Rich to GBTU Chapter by coming out to the meeting on Thursday, February 7th.
Additionally, we will be voting on the slate for the Education and the Communication Chair. The slate is Barry Coddens for Education Chairperson and Jim Moore for Communication Chair person. We still are looking for a person for the GBTU Fundraiser Chair, if you are interested please contact me or one of the Board members about this position. Also, I am looking for a person to set up our monthly programs, again if you are interested please contact me. This position is not a Board position but the person would report to the President.
Please note that this meeting is happening at our new location – Christ United Methodist Church, 630 Deerfield Rd., Deerfield, IL.
Hope to see you there!
Darwin Adams, GBTU President
The February meeting is being held on February 7 instead of February 14 Valentine’s Day at Christ United Methodist Church, 630 Deerfield Rd., Deerfield. We will be voting on the slate for the Education and the Communication Chair. The slate is Barry Coddens for Education Chairperson and Jim Moore for Communication Chair person. We still are looking for a person for the GBTU Fundraiser Chair, if you are interested please contact me or one of the Board members about this position. Also, I am looking for a person to set up our monthly programs, again if you are interested please contact me. This position is not a Board position but the person would report to the President.
We are having Rich Osthoff from Wisconsin speaking on fishing southwestern Wisconsin spring creeks at our February 7th meeting. The following are some of the subjects he will be discussing.
Seasonal trout movement in watersheds
The best times to fish the region for fast action and larger brown trout
Innovative nymphing techniques, including long-line nymphing, that are well- suited to targeting spring creek trout
Mayfly, caddis and terrestrial fishing
Fly selection, including the best prospecting flies for larger trout
Getting off the beaten path and exploring away from the crowds
Here is your chance to pick up some ideas on fishing the southwestern part of Wisconsin. Rich Osthoff discusses trout fishing on his home waters—the dozens of excellent spring creeks of western Wisconsin. Rich has fished the Driftless Area of western Wisconsin for nearly five decades and offers many valuable insights into fly-fishing the region.
Please welcome Rich to GBTU Chapter by coming out to the meeting.
Darwin Adams, President
Time is fast approaching for the 2013 Great Outdoor Expo. As in the past years we will be working with folks from Lee Wulff and DRiFT on the youth program. Last year we had nearly one hundred kids participate in the program and we are planning for one hundred and twenty youth in 2013. I would like to have ten to twelve GBTU folks step forward to work the shows two days. The dates for the show are Saturday February 23rd and Sunday February 24th in Woodstock, IL. The show this year coincides with the chapters annual Arkansas trip so it will be more important than in years past that volunteers step forward to help with the youth program at the show this year.
Anyone willing to volunteer for the show this year please contact Barry Coddens at firstname.lastname@example.org.
That’s right; we’re going back to the clear water creeks of the Driftless this Spring. Once again, our headquarters will be the Fenway House in Fennimore, WI. Those who made the trip last year will tell you what a great time we had, both on the nearby streams and in the hotel bar.
Please note that you must make your own hotel reservation. We have a block of 10 rooms on hold for us at the Fenway House, and each room has its own distinct character. Thus it’s best if you make your own reservation. The rooms can be viewed on the hotel web site: www.thesilentwoman.com
Please call in your reservation ASAP in order to get the 10% discount for GBTU members. We can’t hold the block and the discount too long. You can call the Fenway Hotel at: (608) 822-3782.
The Illinois Council is manning a booth at the expo and is looking for some help. The dates for the expo are January 24-27, 2013. If you are interested or would like to work at the booth please contact Wally Bock at email@example.com for more information. Here is a link to the “New Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoors Expo” www.sportshows.com/chicago/index.html.