January 27th, 2018 FFV Annual Banquet

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Join us on January 27th, 2018 for our Fly Fishers of Virginia Annual Banquet.

 

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Our guest speaker will be Brian O’keefe

 

 

Fishing Bum With A Camera

I have had so much fun pretending to call fly fishing photography work, that I still describe this endeavor as a ‘hobby out of control’. I sold my first fly fishing photograph when I was 16 years old, and let me tell you, that was a fairly long time ago. Since then, it has been my absolute pleasure to work with some of the finest publishers, magazine and photo editors and graphic artists in the world. I consider the following publishers of fly fishing  photography some of the finest, and thank you for using me as a contributor: Field & Stream Magazine, USA Today, The Drake Magazine,  Outside Magazine, American Angler Magazine, Orvis, Patagonia, Fly Fisherman Magazine, Outdoor Life Magazine, Catch Magazine, Fly Rod and Reel Magazine, Northwest Flyfishing Magazine, Voyage de Pesch Magazine, Oregon Tourism, Chile Tourism… I could go on and on, especially with the addition of blogs and all the websites for fly fishing lodges, products, travel companies, etc. It has been a good ride and thanks to everyone who has helped me along the way. I am more of a shoot from the hip photographer. I rarely use a tripod and I usually have to put down my fly rod or the oars to organize a shot. My style is basically editorial in nature and natural. I do not use professional models or fancy lighting. If I did, I couldn’t call this a hobby out of control. I have a very deep collection of images. From my backyard pond, here in Oregon, to far flung destinations like Alaska, the Bahamas, Chile, Argentina, New Zealand, Tonga, England, Mexico, Belize, Sierra Leone, Christmas Island and many more. Every decent fly fishing photographer has these kinds of lists, also. But, I have a little more time on the water than most. For example, I have made over 50 trips to Alaska and over 30 trips each to the Bahamas and Belize. Let me know what you are looking for, I’ll probably have it.

 

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FFV November 16th dinner

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Please join us on Thursday, November 16th for an afternoon and evening with Ken Gangler of  Gangler’s North Seal river lodge.

 

 

 

 

Some bio ‘tidbits’ about Ken:

 

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Born and raised in Chicago in 1960, moved to North-central Florida in 1994.  Been in the lodge business since 1984. Helped spearhead the introduction of fly-fishing for Northern pike since the early 1990s with hosted trips by some of the top names in the business. Lefty Kreh (8 trips), Flip Pallot, Dan Blanton, Ed Jawrowski, Bob Clouser, Nick Curcionne, Wanda Taylor are  just some of the noted fly-fishermen who have enjoyed Gangler’s. In 1997, instrumental in the development of Gangler’s North Seal River Lodge, Northern Canada’s top destination.

 

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There will be an afternoon session too…more info to come!

 

 

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FFV September 21st Dinner Meeting

 

 

 

Rick Pope Bio

I was raised on a farm in Central Texas – and began pond, creek and river fishing as soon as I could walk. I enjoyed my first experiences with a fly rod (Shakespeare Wonder rod, foam spider and wind-up reel) on stock ponds in the early 60s. I graduated from Taylor High School and Trinity University in San Antonio before moving to Dallas in 1979. Through careers in banking (commercial lending – First National Dallas) and through sales positions with Wall Street firms (taxable fixed income – Lehman, First Boston, Bear Stearns), my interest and participation in fly fishing flourished. I met Ken Whellams, who owned Springbrook Canada in Calgary while fishing the BowRiver in 1980 and our friendship led to many great trips with the likes of Flip Pallot and Lefty Kreh. I also learned a lot about the fly fishing business and in 1995, I purchased Springbrook USA from Ken, which at the time was a wader and fly importing company. In 1997, Ken and I decided to import a few fly rods and Temple Fork Outfitters was born. The last 20 years have been wonderful – working with the likes of Lefty, Ed Jaworowski, Nick Curcione, Bob Clouser, Flip Pallot and others on fly rod design while building an exclusive relationship with our factory in South Korea. Through this, we have vigorously pursued new fly fishers by offering affordable products and by supporting various clubs and programs who share our goal. In 2009, Gary Loomis, founder of GLoomis, agreed to join our design team to help us build our family of “all tackle” spinning and casting rods. While most of our fly fishing rod designers including Lefty and Flip are quick to pick up a spinning or plug rod, Gary certainly advanced our design and engineering. Most recently, Larry Dahlberg and Cliff Pace (2013 Bassmaster Classic Champion) have joined our family, allowing us to focus more on regionally specific rods and actions. It is within the conventional rod market that I see the greatest growth opportunity for TFO. I am a passionate fly and conventional fisherman, a life member of both IFFF and Trout Unlimited, and recipient of the IFFF Silver King Award (for innovation in saltwater fly fishing). I have also been active in hunting and shooting sports. I am a member of both Texas and National Skeet Shooting Hall of Fame, and am a life member of both NRA and Texas State Rifle Association.

 

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July 20th FFV dinner speaker

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Our July 20th FFV dinner speaker will be Henry Cowen.

Henry will tie flies and discuss saltwater striper fishing in the afternoon.

His dinner presentation will center around freshwater striper fishing.

More info to come…

 

 

Henry Cowen- Cumming, GA

 

Henry has been pursuing striped bass for nearly 40 years in both salt and fresh water. He is currently guiding in fresh water on Lake Sidney Lanier, Lake Allatoona and the Chattahoochee River near Atlanta for landlocked stripers, hybrids, spotted bass and carp. Henry is an accomplished fly designer as his trademarked fly patterns are sold worldwide through Umpqua Feather Merchants. His fly patterns as well as techniques to fly fish continue to appear in magazines such as American Angler, Fly Fish America, Fly Tyer, Fly Fisherman, Angler Magazine and Eastern Fly Fishing. Currently Henry’s name appears on the masthead of both American Angler and Angler Magazine as a contributing writer/editor. Henry was named to the esteemed Yellow Dog Fly Fishing field advisory staff. Henry continues to give seminars on light tackle & fly fishing in both fresh and salt waters as well as tying demos for The Fly Fishing Show and for fly shops and clubs around the country. Henry has appeared as a guest on a number of nationally televised outdoor shows (The Ford Outfitters, The Orvis Sporting life, The Reel Guys, One More Cast w/Shaw Grigsby, O’Neill Outside, Travis Johnson Outdoors & The Nuts and Bolts of Fishing) and continues as a weekly guest on the O’Neil Outside radio show. Henry helped produce and also appears on the video “Fly Fishing for Landlocked Stripers”. Henry is on Pro Staff with Towee boats and is also a Simms Ambassador along with being on guide programs with Sage, RIO Products, TFO, Orvis, Johnson Outdoors (Minnkota/Humminbird), Smith Optics. You can visit his web site @ www.henrycowenflyfishing.com or contact him @ 678-513-1934

 

 

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FFV May 11th Dinner meeting

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NOTE: Our May dinner is the second Thursday, the eleventh,  and not our normal third Thursday!

 

Please join us on Thursday May 11th for an afternoon and evening with Kevin Morlock of the Indigo Guide service.

 

 

Kevin Morlock

Kevin will talk to us about Carp fishing in western Michigan. He guides on his home river the legendary Pere Marquette and also frequents the Muskegon River, Manistee River and White River.

 

Kevin has been a full time guide in west Michigan for over 10 years. Kevin is a skilled and knowledgeable angler who enjoys sharing the art of fishing with all his clients.  He loves guiding, often saying “what other job could I spend the day on a beautiful river, sharing my passion for fishing with great people”.  Of interest, Kevin finished the Iditarod in 2007, an 1,100 mile long dog sled race across Alaska; he is 1 of less than 650 people that have finished the race in 35 years.

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You may have heard or read about Kevin in:
>> In-Fisherman Magazine
>> In-Fisherman Television
>> Jeep Magazine
>> Eastern Fly Fishing Magazine
>> Midwest Fly Fishing Magazine
>> Detroit Free Press Newspaper
>> As Tough As They Come — Iditarod 2007 TV Documentary
>> Due North Outdoors Television
>> Woods-N-Water News Magazine
>> Fox 2 Television
>> 9 & 10 News Television
>> Big Outdoor Radio
>> WYIN-TV 56 Television

 

Memberships:
>> Board Member – Pere Marquette Watershed Council
>> Michigan’s River Guides Association
>> West Michigan Hacklers (Federation of Fly Fishers)

 

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Here is the May Singing Reel!

 

 

 

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FFV thanks Ashland Bass Pro Shops

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Scott Cunningham and Phil Johnson presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Greg Bulkley, the general manager at the Ashland Bass Pro Shops location.

 

Bass Pro has been a long time supporter to the FFV’s annual fund raising efforts.

 

They have also supported the Colonial Heights Middle School fly fishing club by providing rods set ups, fly tying benches and tools.

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