This year’s AuSable River clean up, sponsored by the Anglers of the AuSable will be held on Saturday, September 9 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Volunteers clean assigned stretches of the AuSable system then gather around noon and are treated to a great barbecue lunch on the casting field at Gates Lodge. The Red Cedar Fly Fishers are proud to be volunteers for this event that helps keep the river clean. Anyone wishing to help out this year contact Josh at Josh@GatesLodge.com. Hope to see you there.
Our first meeting of the year is scheduled for Tuesday, September 12, 2017. We will meet in room 273 in Giltner Hall on the MSU campus. The meeting will start with a social/coffee time at 6:30 followed by a short business meeting and will conclude with a program relating to Michigan habitat or fly fishing. Details about the program will be posted as soon as possible. You do not have to be a member to attend our meetings. Please join us and see what we are all about. Members, please remember that dues of $10.00 are due at this meeting. We would like to see all members be paid up by the October meeting.
The annual Au Sable River clean up is scheduled for Saturday, September 9. The clean up starts at 9:00 a.m. and concludes with a legendary picnic under the tent at Gates Lodge. If your organization or you individually would like to participate, send Josh Greenberg an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are proud to say that the Red Cedar Fly Fishers have been involved in this great event since it’s inception about 20 years ago. We have been assigned to stretch from Burton’s to Louie’s Landing, the beginning of the Holy Waters and a beautiful, wadeable stretch of river.
The Red Cedar Fly Fishers would like to welcome Steve A. to the board of directors. Steve was elected to the position of secretary and we are sure he will bring energy and a new perspective to our meetings. The board met over the weekend of August 11 – 13 to begin planning for our upcoming year. The meeting was the centerpiece of a weekend of fishing and federating in the Grayling/Au Sable River area. Members please check your September newsletter (due out the first week of September) for information from that meeting.
We apologize for some inconsistencies in our web page. Over the last few months we have not been able to access our site to add events and information. Although it appeared that all things were good during that time, all of the updates that were added somehow disappeared. However, we will try again. Members of the Red Cedar Fly Fishers were involved with two educational programs over the spring and summer. We helped introduce fly fishing to a rather large group of 4th graders during their field day on the Grand River. We also demonstrated the fly tying and casting that we have been involved in with veterans at their Camp Liberty open house at the end of July.
We had another good tying class with veterans at Camp Liberty. Four Red Cedar members ran the class on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Terry and Rick demonstrated a wooly bugger, foam spider and a soft hackle. This time we took rods and reels and offered some casting instruction to the vets who were interested. Thanks again to the vets who attended and to the Camp Liberty staff who, as usual, were gracious hosts and provided another great lunch spread. We hope the vets who have been to our classes continue to tie on their own.
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 in room 273 of Giltner Hall on the MSU campus. Our guest will be Rich Knoles who will present “Malaysia on the Fly: Introduction to Billfish”. The meeting will start with federating at 6:30 p.m. with the presentation starting at 7:00 p.m. Don’t forget to put the Outdoor Garage Sale on your calendar on Saturday, April 15, 2017. The sale will be at the Birch Run Expo Center and will run from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Five members of the Red Cedar Fly Fishers ran a beginning fly tying class for veterans at Camp Liberty on Saturday, March 18, 2017. 8 veterans from around the country were in Michigan to attend a welding class sponsored by the UAW and Ford. The vets learned to tie wooly buggers and foam spiders and were each given a Wapsi tying kit, courtesy of Cam Liberty. The class went extremely well and the group of vets turned out to be very good tiers. Thanks to Camp Liberty for arranging the class and special thanks to the vets for all they have done for us. The Red Cedar will be running another class at Camp Liberty on April 22.
Dennis Klein, owner of Mystic Fly Rods located in Portland, Michigan was our speaker at our last meeting. Dennis answered all of our questions about fly rods and educated us about the way fly rods and made and what is important when choosing a fly rod. Thank you Dennis for taking time to attend our meeting.
If you are looking for fly fishing, canoeing or kayaking equipment, check out the 3rd annual garage sale and swap meet on Saturday, April 15th, 2017. Stop by the Red Cedar Fly Fishers table for information about our club or just to talk fly fishing or fly tying.