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  1. Done. Just need to finish cementing the heads.
  2. Here are the names that came up on the list at the meeting last night. Some were gathered from this thread as well. Gary and Jason Borger Web: http://www.garyborger.com/ & http://jasonborger.com/ Davie McPhail Web: http://www.youtube.c...er/DavieMcPhail Ruben April Vokey Web: http://flygal.ca/ Jim McLennan Web: http://www.mclennanflyfishing.com/ Hans Weilenmann Web: http://www.youtube.c.../HansWeilenmann Andy Weiss Web: http-~~-//www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aqq2_UG3oAs Ed Engle Web: http://www.edengleflyfishing.com/ Davie McPhail Web: http://www.youtube.c...er/DavieMcPhail Ruben B. Maxwell Dean Robinson Web: http://bowcrow.tripo...shing/id11.html Nick Pujic Web: http-~~-//vimeo.com/flynation Todd Oishi http://www.bcflyfish...entures_003.htm Dan Blanton Web: http://www.danblanton.com/ Ron Cordes Jim Teeney Web: http://www.jimteeny....g/catIntro.html Denny Rickards http://www.flyfishingstillwaters.com/ Barry White Web: http://www.bowriver.com/
  3. For next year's January Seminar who would you like to see come out? Please post suggestions in this thread. Where possible, please include a link to a website. Thanks!
  4. I also like your suggestions Michael, but am really hoping for some more tyers. As I mentioned before, never tied a classic wet and am slightly intimidated by having to do 7 lol Yikes!
  5. Fantastic pictures Gary, thanks for posting about this! Glad to hear that it went so well
  6. I don't even know where to start I learned so much! Thanks to Brian and Rick, along with everyone that helped make the Seminar a success! A couple of key things: SLOW DOWN and OBSERVE. I get tunnel vision if I'm alone on the water at times and both Rick and Brian really hammered home the need to slow things down as well as pay attention to my surroundings; not just because they're beautiful, but because particular observations can give me clues that will help my fishing. Last night I also thought about how grateful I am to everyone that has taken this beginner out fishing. Over and over again this weekend I heard and saw things that the people I've been out with have talked about. Was a pretty good feeling to know I'm in such good hands out there! HUGE thanks to all of you I know it's not easy having to teach and fish at the same time!
  7. Presenter: Dennis Southwick Dennis will be tying three different patterns that utilize Magic Flash. Patterns: Floating Backswimmer, MF Nymph, Parachute Drake For more information on patterns and materials, check out our January Newsletter: http://www.nlft.org/...NLFTC_13-01.pdf
  8. Presenter: Barry Phillips For those who've been following the streamer fly patterns that have shown up recently on the Forum, this will be a treat. Barry Phillips will demonstrate the techniques required to tie these classic and elegant streamer patterns. Patterns: Grey Ghost, Black Ghost For more information on patterns and materials, check out our January Newsletter: http://www.nlft.org/newsletter/13/NLFTC_13-01.pdf
  9. Touche Junior... I didn't even browse any of the other "local" causes.
  10. Done. 110 Votes given to the project. This was really easy to do folks and only took me about 5 minutes.
  11. There's an additional weekend in July (13th & 14th). The nice thing about that one is that licenses are not required so people could come out and give it a shot without having to commit dollars. No admitting defeat here! Just thinking that with a huge event like the one referred to, we may not have enough resources to cover off hundreds of eager new fly anglers.
  12. That's the one I was thinking of Junior! I wasn't sure what the logistics were like. You're not being negative at all, just realistic. I think you're bang on - that'd be a bit more than we could chew. I second doing some kind of event that would coincide with the free fishing weekend.
  13. Currently Edmonton does two free fishing weekends per year - one for Family Day in February (yipes, no fly fishing, maybe some ice fishing though) and one during National Fishing Week which is July 6-14th of 2013. If memory serves me, there is one retailer in the city who goes out and helps people gear fish the NSR during National Fishing Week. Might be an interesting idea if we contacted them to perhaps add some fly to the event with some volunteers from the club? Check out the links below: http://www.edmonton.ca/attractions_recreation/parks_rivervalley/fishing.aspx http://www.nationalfishingweek.com/eng/licence_free_days
  14. Thanks Gary Nope, I wasn't up all night just to write the above... I actually had started it a little while back when this thread got going. Couldn't sleep for the life of me, started puttering around on the internet, saw this thread and figured "aww heck, might as well get'er done and posted".
  15. Here is a bare bones type of marketing plan that I think might work for us if we hone, develop and implement it. I'd like to suggest that we look at starting a Marketing & Membership Committee if we would like to undertake some of what we've been talking about in this thread. 1. Goals - What does NLFT-TU Edmonton need or want to accomplish? o What are NLFT-TU Edmonton's main goals? And how can marketing most effectively contribute to achieving these goals? o Examples: o Cold Water Conservation o Fly Tying o Increasing membership base o Broadening demographic 2. Benchmarks and Measurement A. Benchmarks · Key Questions: What are three to five concrete, specific and measurable steps or milestones to complete en route to achieving our goals? · Examples: o Finalize partnerships with two organizations to promote advocacy campaigns within the next six months. (BB/ BS, Scouts, maybe even look at doing some work at the WCFFE in Calgary, at the IF4 and at the F3T festivals) o Increase the number of new members by XX% in 2013. o Broaden the age range of members by XX% in 2013. o We can track the above two points by simply counting members at meetings and noting numbers belonging to various demographics. We can set up sheets, print them off and have designated members run counts before our speakers begin the evening’s topic. B. Measurement - How will we know if we are moving down the right path? We’ll need to answer questions like: o What is working best so we can do more of it? o What targets are engaged and which segments do you need to engage differently? o What content is most compelling to your base? o What messaging generates action and what fails to motivate? o What appeals to what demographic ranges? We need to be careful here folks – I don’t want us to lose sight of the members that we have already. I’m not suggesting anyone’s ideas thus far indicate that we are, but it’s a reality we need to consider as a group. · Examples: o Meeting participation. o Demographics per meetings and events. o Incoming inquiries about membership, events. o Website usage analytics: What are the most visited pages on our site? Is our Facebook visited more often than our site? o Generate more forum traffic. 3. Situation Analysis—The Conditions Inside and Outside Our Organization · Key Questions: What is the environment in which we are working, including the perspectives of current and prospective members? Questions we can ask include: o Environmental scan: What practices, events or other factors could help or hurt our marketing success? o Competitive analysis: What are other organizations providing in terms of content, programs and resources? How successful are they? Maybe we can get in touch with some of the other clubs, some of the young “up and comers” in the industry and find out what’s working for other people. o Audience research: What does our audience/members think about us as an organization, the work we do, the events we hold and/or the issues we work on? o Marketing audit: What current marketing work is succeeding, and what needs to change and how? o Internal audit: What are the perceptions, hopes, ideas and concerns of members in relation to the marketing agenda? 4. Target Audiences and Segments · Key Questions: Who are the audience groups we need to engage to meet our objectives and what do we need them to do? How do they break out into segments (that share perspectives, habits and wants – we ALL love flyfishing, regardless of age)? What are the wants, habits and preferences of each segment (so we can learn how to connect with each of them in some fashion)? 5. Calls to Action—What do we want our target audiences to do · Key Question: What are we trying to get our target audiences to do? · Examples: o Come to more regular meetings? o Come to other events? o Get involved with the Grayling Survey? 6. Benefit Exchange and Challenges A. Benefit Exchange · Key Questions: Why should our target audiences care? What’s it in for them? Why do our current members come to meetings? What do they like and dislike about NLFT-TU Edmonton? B. Challenges · Key Questions: What challenges do we face in motivating the target audiences? What’s going to be the most challenging in terms of meeting our objectives? 7. Best Strategies—The best ways to achieve our goals · Key Question: Given the target audience groups we need to engage and the actions you want them to take, what are the best ways to motivate them to do so? · Examples: o Broaden our network: Nurture relationships with prospective members and supporters. Examples include getting some younger speakers in, engaging with BB/BS, Scouts, etc. Why not look at some involvement in the Calgary show? o Message development: Develop and deliver messages that will clarify for, connect with and engage our audiences. Consistent, memorable messaging will help to keep people engaged, recognize our relevance and spread the word about NLFT-TU Edmonton. 8. Tactics Key Question: How do we connect with our target audiences via these strategies? 9. Resources—What do we need to implement our goals? A. Roles and Responsibilities · Key Questions: o Who does what and how do we organize all this? B. Budget · Key Question: How much is it going to cost? 10. Step-by-Step Action Plan We could start with a 90 day action plan and work up from there. · Key Question: How to implement? What are the immediate steps to take once we have an approved plan? We’ll need to detail tasks, who tackles what, deadlines, milestones etc.
  16. Hi Don - Brian Chan and Rick Hafele are the speakers for our January seminar. The seminar will be at the Grant McEwan downtown campus on January 19 and 20. Tickets are available at regular club meetings, $65 for both days / $40 for one, (there will be no meetings on December 19 or 26). You can also email tickets@nlft.org. Fore more information on the programs being featured by our speakers check out the club website.
  17. To Brian Chan - In your experience what are some of the most important factors that ensure a successful stocking program of rainbow trout in lakes?
  18. In the upcoming January seminar both Rick and Brian have agreed to hold a Q&A session with attendees. We would like to give them the opportunity to be able to answer your questions thoroughly and thoughtfully. So we have decided to have people post questions here in the forum, this way we can send them directly to our speakers ahead of time for consideration. Questions can be anything about the program and or fishing in general. Fire away folks!
  19. That's a rad list Junior!!! Wooly Buggers 1. Rainbow Trout 2. Goldeye Flies 1. Rainbow Trout 2. Goldeye 3. Grayling 4. Whitefish Next season the goal is to add a few more... hopefully Brown Trout, Bull Trout and maybe even Pike!
  20. Awesome thread Welcome to the dark side Jim, we have cookies, Jungle Cock and abundant saddles that the fashion industry doesn't want; it's fantastic. Just a few more comments to add from the newbie side of things: If you haven't already, start off with a simpler pattern than some of Carrie's more famous ones. My first was Herb Welch's Black Ghost. I believe the dressing came from Joseph D. Bates’ “Streamers and Bucktails: The Big Fish Flies”. It's simple, has minimal materials for this style of fly and it really gave me a good solid base to build on. When I got into some of the more complex patterns that have belly materials, cheeks or shoulders, multiple wings and materials in between the wings I found myself going back to the basics that I learned while tying the Black Ghost. For myself, the key really is that wing mount - you can have a beautifully tapered body, all the flash and jazz you want in the middle of the wings, layered throats and whatnot, but if you mash those wings on improperly, it all goes down the tubes. The fly looks bizarre and doesn’t ride right while fishing it. Many of the classic featherwings are tied on 8-10XL hooks. I found this length really difficult when just starting to tie these - the proportions are killer! Go for a 6-7XL and you'll most likely find that the proportions are quite natural on this length. I use this length for a lot of the patterns I tie, both casting and trolling flies. Works quite nicely in smaller sizes too - I've had quite a bit of luck on the NSR with streamers tied on the old Mustad 3665As down to size 10 and 12. I'm not a fan of featherwing streamers being tied on 4XL or shorter hooks... in my eyes they just don't hold up aesthetically. They look stunted and squished. There are quite a few long shank hooks out there with a loop eye. I still struggle with this because some of them are beautiful hooks, but these streamers when fully loaded with cheeks, eyes, etc. are quite heavy on the front end. I find it difficult to compensate for the loop while dealing with all the materials that go on up by the eye. Regarding holding power with long shanked hooks - in my own experience I have found that hooks with open, round bends and wider gaps are not so good. Hooks that have a tighter gap and sharper bends (i.e.: the Limerick Bend) have worked much better for me personally. That being said, I still get caught not keeping my line tight and not keeping up to the fish no matter the shank length. I've lost just as many Grayling on shorter hooks as I have Trout on longer ones. In addition to the awesome links provided by other posters, check out: www.streamerlist.com – social media site for long fly lubbers J http://globalflyfisher.com/streamers/ - check out Mike Boyer’s streamers, some serious jaw droppers in there. There are some really helpful articles on this site http://www.streamertyer.com/ - great images and an awesome references page http://nwflytyer.wordpress.com/tying-notes/classic-streamer-class-notes/ - some fantastic tips in here
  21. I was out at Dolberg over May long and while it was an awesome trip, there were way fewer fish caught than in my other experiences out there. A few of the other anglers were discussing the possibility of the lake turning over. It was quite murky with more plant matter on the surface than I've ever seen. The fishing turned right off on Sunday and Monday (nobody was even getting the cute lil stockers that day), but again in my limited experiences at Dolberg the fishing can and does suddenly turn right off. My brother says "that's trout fishing" lol. Regarding crunchy bellies...I have another possibility for you Florin! Last year in the fall I landed my first decent Rainbow out at Dolberg. The fish had a seriously crunchy belly! It was actually a little disconcerting heh. Unfortunately I had to keep it (damaged and badly bleeding gills) and when cleaning the fish out, I discovered that it was literally full (and I mean full, like coming out of the throat full) of these huge (twoonie-sized) Predacious Water Beetles. I love bugs but dang those things are creepy... a few of them actually got up and started walking around after they'd been in my fishy friend. I need to find a pattern to imitate them because if they are keying in on those beetles again and I'm out there, I'd like to be prepared.
  22. Hi All - I came across this gentleman's site while puttering around on the web. http://www.emulsiondesigns.com/ I'm ordering a couple of his shirts for myself. The pricing is reasonable, sends a good message and it seems like a neat business. If anyone is interested, get in touch with Eric... be aware that he is a commercial fisherman and his last shipping day is May 20th. Thanks!! Aaron
  23. Hi Quentin, Check out the link below for a step-by-step for the Balanced Leech on Phil Rowley's website. http://flycraftangling.com/index.asp?p=134 Cheers, Aaron
  24. Awesome ideas I'd like to suggest Jeff Currier (http://www.jeffcurrier.com). I think he'd be a really interesting presenter given the number of different species he's caught and the places he's fished.
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