Schedule of Events:
The President's Forward
October Chapter meeting was also our annual meeting.
Besides learning from Theaux
long experience on the
32nd Annual National Capital Angling Show. As you read in our previous issue of Riffles, NCC-TU’s National Capital Angling Show will be back next year, a bit earlier than in the recent past, and at a new location. We also have a proud new sponsor: the Bank of Georgetown - Washington's Finest Community Bank. As you have probably heard, the College Park Show will not be held next year. Not to worry –our 32nd Angling Show will more than make up for it, and continue to be the area’s oldest, the longest-running, the best, angling show. We do, however, need you to volunteer, even if only for a couple of hours, to help us with the Show's organization. We have all sorts of tasks that need to get done, and won't get done without volunteers to step up to make it all happen. You won't regret it. Again, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outings. The best fishing of the year is coming up. If you would like to share your love of angling and beautiful places, we can help you set up an Chapter outing, as part of our Let’s Go Fishing program. Next up is a trip to the Gunpowder, on November 11th, led by yours truly. Organizing these outings is easy, and fun, and you don’t have to share that secret pool unless you really want to. You will be surprised how many Members would like an orientation to even the best known local streams, or even just a fishing buddy for a day. Contact Lynn Scholz via e-mail, or at (202) 966-7555 to volunteer to lead an outing, or find out more.
Leadership Elections Held During the October Membership Meetingby Alfredo Suescum
October Membership meeting is traditionally when we elect our
the coming program year. On
before hearing from our guest speaker, Theaux LeGardeur, from Backwater
There were nonominations proposed from the floor. The slate was approved without dissent, and the Officers and Board elected by acclamation, also without dissent. Congratulations to the Officers and Board Members.
For next October, we will be searching for new Officers, in particular, a dedicated member to take over the President's position, which can not be held for more than two years running. We also need a Vicepresident ASAP. If you think you have what it takes, or have questions about volunteering for a leadership position, please let us know at email@example.com.
Have you been wondering how you might become more involved in Chapter activities? NCC-TU is always in need of volunteers for various ongoing functions. Here are a few specific suggestions:
1. Become an Officer or Board Member. Help guide NCC-TU's programs. We are always looking for new leaders. Currently, the Vicepresident's position is open, and we will need a new President next October. If you would like to be considered, or suggest a name, please write us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. We need a new Webmaster. Keep up our presence in cyberspace. Gene Gaines, our champion cyber-meister, has moved on. We rolled out a new look for our website this past summer, and need a volunteer to maintain our site and e-mailings. We will train!
3. Work with our kids as the Stream Team Coordinator. We regularly receive inquiries from school interested in starting a Trout in the Classroom project, and other educational activities. This is a great opportunity to become involved with our local schools, and grooming our next generation of cold-water conservationists.
4. Lead an outing or teach a clinic. We have several outings planned for this year, but we need new blood! How about organizing an Election-day or Thanksgiving Holiday outing? Or a casting clinic? Or a fly-tying clinic? No experience is necessary, and we can help you with set up, gear, and materials. Trust me, you can’t go wrong. People are always happy when they learn that little something extra, even if you only learned it five minutes before they did.
Not exactly what you had in mind? Tell us your interests, and we'll find a way for you to make your mark. We are always in need of volunteers to help with conservation projects, casting instruction, fly-tying clinics, outings, and everything else that has kept you coming back. We are investigating several new possibilities for a new project along Little Bennett Creek, for which we need the advice and experience of Members on topics such as erosion, streamside plants, stream-bed improvements, environmental law, easements, etc. No one will be refused.
To sign up, learn more, or to be added to our electronic mailing list, please write us at email@example.com. You are also encouraged to attend our regular Chapter meetings every second Wednesday of the following months: October, November, January, February, April, and May.
Bigger and Better! The 32nd National Capital Angling Show.
In 2007, NCC-TU will hold it's 32nd Annual National Capital Angling Show, proudly sponsored by the Bank of Georgetown - Washington's Finest Community Bank. The Washington Metro area's original and longest running angling show will be back with an earlier date and new, larger, location, on February 24, 2007, at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, on East-West Highway, in Bethesda.
Our Featured Speaker this year will be Lefty Kreh, the world-renowned fishing expert, author, and instructor. Lefty will lead an outstanding team of speakers and instructors who to present the latest information about regional, national, and international fishing destinations, as well as effective fishing tips, techniques, and tactics. As usual, we will have fly casting and fly tying clinics for all experience levels, from the beginner to the seasoned veteran.
We need volunteers to step up now to ensure the success of this bigger, improved, National Capital Angling Show. Help us make the next show even better! Write us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and check our web site for updates.
Lefty Kreh: A Legend in His Own Time
by Tom Mann
I remember that it was sometime in the mid-1980s when I first saw Lefty Kreh at the NCC-TU Angling Show. It was held that year at the old Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda. My daughter Alexa, then under 10 years old and just beginning to fly-fish, came with me. I knew only that Lefty was an outdoor writer from Baltimore, but I had never before experienced his mesmerizing personality. Spellbound, we watched Lefty casting in front of the school, 100 feet of fly line held in the air with just the top half of the rod, all the time accompanied by a constant stream of chatter, jokes, wisecracks, and fishing anecdotes. It made a lasting impression.
The next time I saw Lefty at the Show, it was a decade later, at the old Silver Spring Armory. Lefty gave a round-the-world fly fishing travelogue that ranged from virgin venues in the Pacific, including New Guinea and Australia, to South America, Europe, and back to our home continent. By this time, Lefty was world-famous, a legendary master angler and prolific author of books on fly-fishing and photography, who hobnobbed with kings and the near-great, but he still had the same entertaining patter that he used on everyone alike, whether they were royalty or just plain folks.
The Show on February 24, 2007 will be NCC-TU’s 32nd angling extravaganza. I am told that Lefty was the speaker at our very first show, but I missed it for some reason I cannot recall, even though I was a member of NCC-TU. Like Haley’s comet, Lefty is the star speaker who returns every so often to brighten our NCC-TU angling show’s firmament. I missed seeing Lefty when he last graced our show, because I was “trapped” in the fly tying room all day, churning out Woolly Buggers with the kids and beginners. Since his last appearance, Lefty has published even more books and videos, and his renown has grown greater.
In a 2003 article by Peter Budryk for Fly Fisherman magazine, Lefty described a number of qualities that made him famous:
"Several things have helped me. The most important thing is that I have never accepted any kind of a problem. For example, if you wear hip boots and you cast with your right hand, you strip with your left hand. When you cast, the boot strap entangles in the line. Out of 30,000 hip boot wearers, all 30,000 will just put up with this. But as soon as I started having that problem, I said to myself, why am I having this problem? I thought about it and I took the strap out of the buckle, I reversed the buckle, I put the strap back in and it now went inside the boot. So now I eliminated the problem. Most people just accept the problem."
"If you're going to be successful in the outdoor writing field and particularly if you're going to do a lot of teaching, there are two ways you can go about it. One way is destructive and other is very good. If you 'share knowledge, people accept it. If you 'display' knowledge, people get ticked off. In fact one of the biggest problems with most of the fly-casting instructors I know is that they are really trying to impress their students with how good they are rather than being deeply concerned with how they can help this person become a better caster. If I saw somebody that needed help, I would never walk up to them and say, 'Let me show you how to do that.' Instead, even though I figured this out for myself, I would say, 'Let me show you something somebody showed me.'"
"Now, unconsciously, this person is saying, 'Well, he's as dumb as I am. Maybe I'll learn something.' Whereas if you just said, 'Let me show you how to do that.' What the reaction is, even if he wanted to learn, he's about half ticked off because in effect you're saying to him that you're smarter than he is and he should have figured this out a long time ago for himself. The most successful teachers and writers are those who share knowledge rather than display it."
HATS OFF TO A NATIONAL TREASURE: Bernard "Lefty" Kreh, by Peter Budryk, Fly Fisherman magazine, Dec. 18, 2003, http://flyfisherman.com/skills/pblefty/
Seeing is believing, and you don’t want to miss Lefty at the 32nd NCC-TU Angling Show.
Healing Waters on the
By Alfredo Suescum
Ed Nicholson, NCC-TU project coordinator for Healing Waters, recently took a group of wounded men and women on an outing at the Rose River Farm, in Madison County, VA.
The event got a lot of local attentions. You can see a video clip produced by the Charlottesville CBS news channel. An article and multimedia presentation from the Daily Progress, a Charlottesville newspaper.Project Healing Waters was organized as a joint effort by NCC-TU and the FFF-Mid Adlantic Council to serve wounded military personnel, and aid in their physical and emotional recovery by introducing or rebuilding the skills of fly fishing and fly tying. The Project has received outstanding support from such fine sponsors as the Rise River Farm. For more information about Project Healing Waters, visit their website: www.projecthealingwaters.org.
Peacock Bass Fishing in
By Brian Durkin
We found ourselves on shores of this gigantic reservoir with the help
our guide (and Vera’s cousin) Marlucio Ferreira.
We met Marlucio,
his brother Francilei, and son Adreanio in the city of
We found ourselves on shores of this gigantic reservoir with the help
our guide (and Vera’s cousin) Marlucio Ferreira.
We met Marlucio,
his brother Francilei, and son Adreanio in the city of
The pousada had also provided us with a local guide name Airton. Despite his young age, he had ten years experience on these waters and his detailed knowledge of the lake proved invaluable. After a twenty minute ride in the boat we found a large protected cove with a forest of submerged trees in 15-20 feet of gin clear water. Securing the outboard, we lowered the electric motor and began moving through the trees. Only a few of the tallest trees broke through the surface; most treetops were 5-10 feet below our feet.
This time we were looking at much shallower water, with lots of thick cover. We started throwing the surface lures again, but the action was still slow. I then changed to one of my “go-to” baits when the action gets slow, a rattle trap. This proved to be a good move as I got my first strike. I reeled in a 12-inch brown fish with two menacing lower canines. Marlucio identified the fish as a traira (hoplias lacerdae, check the article in Practical Fishkeeping. Ed.).
I don’t know for sure, but I think this is the southern cousin of our familiar walleye. I’m told this fish gets considerably larger and its meat is delicious, but this one went back to fight another day. It was not a great fish, but it was okay for a starter. The morning soon turned to afternoon as the temperature reached 95 degrees F under the cloudless bluebird sky and we all agreed to break for lunch. We pulled the boats onto a gentle slope and took shelter under some trees in a small clearing. After our lunch Marlucio and Airton planned our strategies for the rest of the day.
We set out across the reservoir to another submerged forest and started
throwing our surface lures again. Soon I had my first good strike of
the day. After a scrappy fight, I managed to boat my first peacock
bass. He measured about 12 inches and probably weighted about 1.5
pounds. The fish was quickly sent back home with a request to send us
his big brother, and we resumed our search.
The pace of the hookups began to pick up as the afternoon wore on and so did the viciousness of the strikes. We were now fishing between a small group of rocky outcroppings. The peacock bass were taking top-water and subsurface lures. Underwater trees were tightly packed and loaded with fish. We were now having problems getting our fish out of the cover. Given the chance, a hooked tucunare will wrap its line around tree branches. Our lines were abrading and breaking as the fish moved back and forth trying to escape. I was running into another problem of bending hooks. Before we began fishing that day, Francilei had warned me that the hooks on my bass lures were too weak. I had thought that to be an exaggeration, and it was not worth the effort to change them, but I was now paying for that miscalculation. I was bringing in lures with mangled hooks and getting a “we told you so” grin from Marlucio, but if you’re going to lose fish, that’s the way to do it.
We all caught our share of more great fish that day, and a few found their way into our cooler and onto our dinner table that evening. Some of the fish were prepared as “sushi meat”. They were filleted, and then diced into bite size cubes. They were then sautéed in a mixture of soy sauce and lemon juice for 30 minutes and served cold. The result was a delicious appetizer for our entire crew and some new friends. The cooks then baked two of our other fish. Served with rice, bean, and tomatoes, it all made for a great meal after a grand day of fishing. After dinner we enjoyed a few more cervejas (beers), and we bragged and lied about the fish we had caught that day. Before retiring, I had Marlucio point out the Southern Cross in a spectacularly clear and dark night sky. After gazing skyward everyone speculated on the size of the universe and distance to our closest celestial neighbors, and then we said good night.
The next day I decide to give the fly rod a try. Early in the morning we found ourselves in a well protected cove with steep banks along the shore. I decided to throw a red and white Lefty’s 2/0 deceiver. It was not long before a small peacock bass took the offering and headed for cover. The water in this cove was particularly clear, and I could see the bass wrapping its line around a tree and then just waiting. Keeping steady pressure on the line the fish eventually began swimming in the opposite direction and freed himself from the tree. After that, I was able to boat the fish. This was generally how the fly fishing went. Our experience was that the bigger fish were caught on the bait casting equipment.
Brian, Vera and Adreanio at the Pousada Serra
of the Month:
Tied on smaller hooks with a
slim profile to match immature nymphs, this is a good fly for cold
weather trout fishing. This
fly sinks well. Try
it in Morgan Run, Big Hunting Creek, the Yellow Breeches and other
Act Now, for Sea-run Browns: A Trip to Chile is Planned ...
By Eleanor Adkins
I like wandering around the World by myself, at my own pace, looking to see what makes people tick. And I love to fish! So when I wandered down to
On my second trip I looked for a river that was away from everything, few or no other fishermen on the water. Then find a camp with unhurried guides and be more reasonable than the ones I had been going to in
Learn to be a Stream Monitor
The Audubon Naturalist Society conducts training for those who'd like to become stream monitors, or want to improve their skills. The classes are designed for the non-scientists among us! Last month we listed classes offered in October 2006. These classes will be offered again on various dates in January through March:
Benthic Macroinvertebrate Identification I
Benthic Macroinvertebrate Identification II
For specific dates, and more information, call ANS at (301) 652-9188 to register, or visit their website. Classes are free. ANS will be able to provide you with location and directions to the class sites.
NCC-TU Chapter Assessment is now due
When you pay your annual dues to National Trout Unlimited (TU), you automatically pay your annual dues to be a member of a local TU chapter. However, the income that the National Capital Chapter receives from National TU memberships does not cover the total costs of operating the chapter. Therefore, we annually assess our members $15 to provide the funds necessary to operate our chapter, and to enhance angling experiences for our members. We need your annual assessment for 2006-2007, which was due September 15, 2006.
While the Chapter operates solely with volunteers, the other key ingredient is obtaining adequate funding support. Annual assessments enable us to communicate through our Website, www.ncc-tu.org, distribute Riffles our electronic chapter newsletter, and by email notices. Assessment fees help to cover the rising costs of offering monthly programs on fishing adventures and techniques, and on stream conservation. They enable us to develop and provide fly fishing and fly tying classes, to offer conservation and fishing education programs for youth, and to organize outings to local hot fishing spots. Your assessments provide seed funds for our major annual fundraiser, the National Capital Angling Show, and they enhance our conservation and education grant-making capability.
Last year, we made over $8,000 in grants to such organizations as the Beaver Creek (MD) Watershed Association, the Anacostia (MD-DC) Watershed Society, TU Back the Brookie Campaign, the Whirling Disease Foundation, and the Falling Spring (PA) Greenway. We supported the founding of the TU Conservation and Fishing Camp (VA-MD-DC-WV, see www.tucamp.org), and sponsored two area youth for a week at the camp during its first summer.
Your $15 assessment for Chapter year 2006-2007 was due September 15, 2006. Please mail the form below with a check payable to “NCC-TU” to:
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