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.
We have scheduled a club tying night for Sunday, February 12 at Piazzano’s restaurant from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. We will be tying in the basement banquet room. Everyone is invited to bring tools and materials to tie or just show up for socializing or to learn a new fly, material or technique.
Due to our regular meeting night falling on Valentine’s Day, we have changed the date to Tuesday, February 21, 2017. We will meet at our regular time of 6:30 p.m. in room 273 of Giltner Hall. Our speaker will be Dr. Bryan Burroughs, the executive director of Michigan Trout Unlimited. He will be updating us on the Grayling fish farm, dam removals and helping to stop the spread of invasive species through decontamination of equipment. Dr. Burroughs will also lead a question and answer session.