PCFFC: Club & Member Activities
1. "Fishing Forever" with CNIB - June 2023
A. Approximatey 17 CNIB people attended the "Fishing Forever" day at Vivivan Lake. The BCWF "Fishing Forever" Program was established in 1989.
Cameron Sutherland (CNIB Co-ordinator) and PCFFC member Brian Smith worked out the meeting details. Lisa and Anita, PCFFC and SCWA members, set up a food tent, and cooked. Everyone appeciated the burgers, smokies, and coffee which were excellent!
Brian brought the PCFFC fly rods plus four Polar Coachman members, Randy, Chis, Brian, and Gordon brought their boats for the day. They took one or two people out at a time, and with shuttling everyone who wished to fish was accommodated.
The fishing was good evident with two CNIB members, Sharon and Merlin, catching seven fish each!!
B. Brian submitted this Memo > For the past two months of this dry, dry spring of 2023, I had been praying for rain, but I also guiltily asked the Lord for a favour: “Please, not on this day.” Wrong request! As the twenty-five of us CNIB members and PC volunteers huddled under tents drinking hot coffee and waiting for the two-hour downpour to end as forecasted, we had the wonderful opportunity to connect with people less fortunate than most of us. To hear them laugh and coheres joyously was a very gratifying experience, one which we will remember for years to come. For many of them, the fishing was a bonus; what they really needed was a get-together!
We finally did get them fishing, and many caught some trout—one lady caught seven! The burgers and smokies were a big hit, much thanks to Lisa, Anita and Ruth for putting on a super spread and entertaining our guests as the guys took turns rotating the boats and fishing with the CNIB gang. Our PC volunteers all commented that we are so fortunate to be able to offer this day to them, and look forward to next year’s outing.
Many thanks to the PC volunteers: Randy and Lisa, Anita, Chris and Ruth, Blaine, Gordon and Brian. You have filled some hearts with joy by donating your day to the blind.
2. BOW at Ness Lake Bible Camp May 2023
BOW stands for "Becoming an Outdoors Woman". BOW is an international group and in BC is sponsored by the BCWF. At Ness Lake this year women had numerous events to choose from over three days. To learn more, go to the BCWF website.
PCFFC member, Erich, organized a morning and afternoon of fly tying on Saturday at the Ness Lake Centre. Erich is well known in the community for his fly tying workshops. Four Polar Coachman members, Chris, Randy, Gordon and Blaine helped with the fly tying portion.
The morning and afternoon sessions were well attended. Erich brings our vices, fly tying materials, hooks, handouts, and demonstrated how to tie four different flies. The women got to take their flies home!
3. IFFF Movies 2023
We first sponsored the movies in 2015. This year, 2023, we showed IFFF movies at UNBC in the Canfor Theater. It was a good attendance with some door prizes.
Please go to https://www.flyfilmfest.com to view future films and to purchase tickets on line. When we sponsor the IFFF films, the place and time is available at the IFFF site. Tickets will be available from at the Canfor theater door.
4. Danie Erasmus – Aquatic entomology book and Courses:
New Book - Danie just released his new book, Hatches of British Columbia Trout Streams . It can be purchased direct from Danie for $35. Connect with Danie at email@example.com
Fly Fishing Courses - Danie teaches a number of fly-fishing courses at UNBC:
- Introduction to fly-fishing,
- Match the Hatch River : Aquatic River Entomology for Anglers.
Please visit https://princegeorgeflyfisher.com to get more details and to learn how to register for Danie's courses.
5. Brian Smith - Flytying Books and Flytying Supplies:
Fly Tying Supplies - Wholesale Fly Fishing Supplies. Contact Brian at firstname.lastname@example.org to get a link to the Hook & Hackle cataloque, his ordering conditions, and discounts.
Fly Tying Books - Brian's third fly fishing book was published in 2019. His first two books are also available. To purchase signed copies of these books, contact Brian at his E-mail address email@example.com :
Smith, Brian. (2019). "Essential Fly Patterns for Lakes and Streams". Caitlin Press: Halfmoon Bay, BC. $24.95 + GST Book Review > https://ormsbyreview.com/2019/12/13/690-armstead-brian-smith-fly-tying
Smith, Brian. (2013). "Seasons of a Fly Fisher". Caitlin Press: Halfmoon Bay, BC. $25.95 + GST
Smith, Brian. (2009). "Fly Fishing BC’s Interior". Caitlin Press: Halfmoon Bay, BC. $29.95 + GST
6. Erich Franz - firstname.lastname@example.org
Art Work - Erich having experienced the meditative act of fly fishing and fly tying, has sought to honour his hobby with a series of drawings modeled after mandalas. Erich’s artwork is available to the public and can be reviewed and purchased at his website www.erichfranzart.com .
Fly Tying Course - email@example.com
Erich teaches fly tying courses yearly. Please e-mail Erich to book your spot in his novice, beginners, or advanced course.
7. Member, Glen Mikkelsen' s New Book!
- The Rangeland Derby: 100 Years of Chuckwagon Racing at the Calgary Stampede". Glen says, "Honestly, it's been nearly a lifetime hoping and wanting to put this book together, and it turned out fabulously."
- The following are links to Glen's book: The Prince George Citizen https://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/highlights/local-author-releases-chuckwagon-racing-book-6660747 .
- This book is available at Books and Company https://booksandcompany.ca/
- To order this book go to: https://www.canadabookdistributors.com/product/11002/