July 17 Dinner Speaker – Bruce Ingram

 

Our July17th dinner speaker will be Bruce Ingram.

It has been ten years since Bruce has given us a talk, so we are looking forward to his visit!

Bruce will give both the afternoon and evening presentations.

 

 

Bruce Ingram has been a freelance writer/photographer since 1983 and has sold some 2,100 articles to magazines and some 2,400 photos.  Ingram regularly writes for such magazines as Virginia Wildlife, Wildlife in North Carolina, Whitetail Times, Turkey Country, Outdoor America, Quality Whitetails, Game and Fish Publications, and many others.  The Outdoor Writers Assocation of America has honored Ingram with six writing awards.

Bruce is also one of the few people who have floated the entire lengths of the freshwater James, the entire New, entire South Fork of the Shenandoah and Shenandoah and upper Rappahannock, the South Branch of the Potomac, and the Main Stem of the Potomac above Great Falls.

 

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Purchase Bruce’s books prior to the FFV meeting!

 

https://sites.google.com/site/bruceingramoutdoors/book-ordering

Bruce Ingram’s books on the James, New, and Shenandoah/Rappahannock cover all float trips available on these rivers, plus information on access points, rapids, fishing hot spots, and trip planning. Basically, paragraph by paragraph, mile by mile, Ingram takes you on a trip down these rivers, so that when you go on your own excursions, you can have safe, pleasant experiences.  Designed for float fishermen, paddlers, birders, and wildlife watchers, these three where to go books are the most detailed works available.

Prices include taxes and shipping.  Please specify the individual the book should be dedicated and signed to.

James River Guide…$17.75
New River Guide…$18.75
Shenandoah/Rappahannock Rivers Guide…$20.75 (new edition)
Fly and Spin Fishing for River Smallmouths…$19.75
South Branch and Upper Potomac Rivers Guide…$20.75
 
Ingram’s fourth book, Fly and Spin Fishing for River Smallmouths, covers how to catch smallmouths on fly and spinning rods throughout the year, plus such topics as conservation easements, riparian zone creation/protection, taking kids fishing, canoe camping, birding by canoe and much more.

The South Branch and Upper Potomac book covers from the Smoke Hole section of the South Branch downstream to the Upper Potomac just above Big Falls.  The format is similar to the other where to go river guides.  

Send check or money order to Bruce Ingram at 1009 Brunswick Forge Road, Troutville, VA 24175.  Prices listed above include tax and shipping charges.

 

 

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May 15th FFV Dinner Meeting

 

FFV members, we will have a full afternoon and evening of varied entertainment at our Thursday, May 15th dinner meeting!

 

 

 

 

 

Our evening dinner speaker will be Captain Gary Dubiel.

Gary is the originator of the popping cork craze and inventor of the float-n-fly rig for Neuse River and Pamlico Sound giant red drum! You may have seen him on ESPN 2, WFN, UNC-TV, NBC Sports, the Sportsman Channel, Discovery Channel (Europe), a local or national fishing show, the Saltwater Sportsman’s National Seminar Series, or perhaps in any major sports fishing magazine.

 

 

 

 

Our afternoon session at 5 PM will feature Captain Chris Newsome of Gloucester, Virginia. Chris is going to give a talk on ‘live chumming’.

 

 

 

The festivities will kickoff at 3pm with a Casting Rodeo hosted by Green Top Sporting Goods. Representatives from Green Top will have a variety of Temple Fork rods available for you to try out casting. Also, Brad Whittaker, a Tempe Fork sales representative will be on hand to answer all your questions about Temple Fork rods.

 

Here is the May 2014 Singing Reel

 

 

 

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FFV March 20th Dinner Speakers

 

New River Outdoors

James River Outdoor Company

Smallmouth & Muskie

Thursday March 20, 2014 Salisbury Country Club
Cocktails: 6:00PM Dinner: 7:00PM

 

Our March dinner speakers will be:

 

Britt Stoudenmire

http://www.icanoethenew.com/guidedfishingtrips_guides.htm

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Andrew Fenstermaker

http://www.jamesriveroutdoorco.com/

 

The James River above Lynchburg and the New River near Blacksburg are relatively easy trips from Richmond and the rewards can be great. Citation Smallmouth and big Muskies await. Area natives,Britt Stoudenmire and Andrew Fenstermaker, have made it their mission to get to know these fish on a “first name” basis. They will be sharing their knowledge of these great fisheries at the March meeting. Flies, tackle, and techniques will be discussed.

 

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Photo: And the smallmouth bite just gets better and better!

 

 

Andrew is a lifelong sportsman who spends every possible minute in the outdoors pursuing his passion for hunting and fishing. He has continuously pushed his skill, knowledge, and love for this lifestyle since the age of 6. His first exposure to the inevitable addiction was thanks to a neighbor and very dear friend Billy Via, who introduced Andrew to the art of trout fishing. Growing up in Giles Co…
unty, Virginia there were plenty of fishing opportunities, and trout streams were just the beginning. While attending Virginia Tech University, Andrew was fortunate enough to work as a fishing guide for New River Outdoor Co. He spent 5 years learning from some of the best, including Britt Stoudenmire who is a great mentor and friend. Upon graduation Andrew decided to pursue his true passion for the outdoor world, and will be heading up the development of James River Outdoor Co.
” I thank God every day for the ability and opportunity to pursue something that I truly love as a career” – Andrew

 

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March Special Afternoon Session
Shad & Stripers in Downtown Richmond

Join your fellow flyfishers for a seminar/open discussion led by Rob Thomas on
the fantastic spring fishery that occurs in our own backyard. We will discuss the
tackle, flies and techniques needed for a successful day on the water. A map will
be provided to mark the “hotspots”. Learn all the rules and regulations as well
as identification of species. Historically the Shad show up mid-March and stay
until the first of May. Stripers sometimes stay into June. And there are big
Stripes in the River. 2011 there were 14 citations(20lbs or greater) issued and
2012 saw 8 citations. Last year a 75 pound fish was caught at Rocketts Landing.

**All seminar participants will be entered into a drawing for a dozen flies that
have proven deadly for this fishery.**

 

 Here is the March, 2014 Singing Reel

 

 

 

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Colonial Heights Middle School Fly Fishing Club

 

Here are some photos of the ‘Colonial Heights Middle School Fly Fishing Club’ at one of their fly tying sessions.

Seven other  FFV members helped club leaders Rick Ridpath and Chuck Davis with teaching the session.

Click on each photo for a larger view.

 

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FFV 2014 Annual Banquet Awards

 

Several awards were given at the 2014 FFV Annual Banquet.

 

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Phil Johnson was awarded the ‘Nat Burgwyn Lifetime Achievement Award’ by FFV president Steve Lewis.

 

 

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FFV charter member Clint Peters was awarded a lifetime membership.

 

 

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FFV conservation vice president Jay Armstrong awarded Matt Balazik the ‘Taylor Turner Conservation Award’ for his work with Sturgeons.

 

 

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PHW volunteer David Hall was given a ‘Brent Golladay Memorial Award’ for his service to Project Healing Waters.

 

 

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Dan Genest presented Mark Sargent with a ‘Brent Golladay Memorial Award’ for his service to the sport of fly-fishing.

 

 

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Phil Johnson awarded Ray Babineau the ‘TFO Volunteer of the Year Award’. Ray was chosen for all of his great contributions to the region since becoming involved with PHWFF.

In the past two years, Ray was instrumental in developing the much need training in this region that has improved the skills of the Program Leads. 

Ray has also stepped up to become the Regional Coordinator of PHW for Virginia .

 

 

 

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Colonial Heights Middle School Fly Fishing Club and Bass Pro Shops

 

 

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Greg, Rick and Phil

 

 

On Saturday, February 1st The Colonial Heights Middle School Fly Fishing  club members presented a thank you plaque to Greg Bulkley ,GM at the Ashland,VA Bass Pro Shop. Bass Pro Shops has been a very big supporter it the club in supplying rods,  fly tying vises, & tools to this club . This is the second year the club has been offering flying skills training events to about 30 students at the school. This is an after class program. 

FFV members Chuck Davis , Rick Ridpath are the founding teachers . Phil Johnson supports Rick and Chuck on a regular basis. 

We encourage all FFV members who would like to help Rick and Chuck give them a call. They have planned fly fishing events were they will need help!

 

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