Dinner: we will be doing the popular “Carving Stations” that was a big hit last summer. This time we will be adding a “Dessert Station” to the mix.
Afternoon Program: Matt Balazik, from the VCU Rice Center, will be on hand to give updates on the Sturgeon research taking place in the James River. Over the years the FFV has provided funding for 3 tracking tags.
Evening Program: Derek and Margaret Hutton of Virginia River Guides will discuss the fishing opportunities available in the central part of the state. Located in Lexington, they also operate the Stonegate, a bed and breakfast that provides a perfect base of operations for trips to the surrounding area.
Dennis Stanley has loved the woods and waters since childhood. Hunting and fishing with his father across Virginia instilled a love of the outdoors with his earliest memories including fishing for bream and bass. When he was 12 years old, his first quail hunt ignited a passion for wing shooting.
Dennis is the owner of Safaris Unlimited Adventures, is a NRA and National Sporting Clays Association certified shotgun instructor and a Master Instructor for the Baskerville Wing- shooting School.
As an outfitter, Dennis has taken friends and soon to be friends on adventures around the world. Whether bird hunting in Argentina, fly fishing in Belize and South Africa or hunting Cape Buffalo in Zimbabwe the addiction to adventures, both big and small, is never quite satisfied.
The first fly fishing experience came early with a Pflueger fly rod with a wind up” automatic” reel chasing brim with popping bugs. Another passion was ignited! Jump ahead several decades and a friend “forced” him to take a trip to Mosquito Lagoon in Florida in which he could barely get the fly out of the boat on the first day. But, by day three he got two “nice cast” comments from the guide. Most recently, the passion has been tweaked just a bit to include fly fishing salt water flats.
Since then, Dennis has loved fly fishing in streams of South Africa for huge browns, the flats of Florida and Belize for bones, snook, tarpon and permit, the western streams of Virginia and West Virginia for trout and smallmouth, wet wading some of the famous streams of the West for browns, rainbows and cutthroat trout and local ponds and lakes for bream, bass and crappie.
He is a recently retired pharmacist whose specialty for over 20 years has been the education and vaccination of international travelers.
Here is a link to the May 2023 Singing Reel Newsletter: