Rescheduled FFV Annual Banquet – Friday, March 11th

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Due to the snowstorm in January, we are rescheduling our 2016 FFV Annual Banquet.

NOTE: The Banquet will be held Friday, March 11th!

 

Our 2016 FFV Annual Banquet speaker will be Gary Borger!

 

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Gary Borger is one of the world’s foremost fly fishing educators. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin Campus in Wausau. His achievements have been recognized in The Millennium Edition of Strathmore’s Who’s Who,” “Who’s Who in the Midwest,” “Who’s Who in Science and Engineering,” “Men of Achievement,” the “Dictionary of International Biography,” a multiple year honoree in “Who’s Who Among America’s Teacher’s,” “Outstanding People of the 20th Century,” and “Outstanding People of the Millennium.” He has been a fly fisher since 1955, and since 1972 has taught classes and lectured internationally on all aspects of fly fishing for trout and salmon. A free-lance writer and photographer, Gary is also a Contributing Editor for Fly Fisherman Magazine, and Editor at Large for the Virtual Fly Shop. He has written ten best-selling books on fly fishing: “Nymphing,” “Naturals,” “The Borger Color System,” ” Fishing the Dry Fly” “‘Designing Trout Flies,” “Presentation,”  “Fishing the Film,” “Reading Waters,”  “Long Flies,”  and “The Angler as Predator.” Gary pioneered fly fishing video instruction with his release of “Nymphing” in 1982. Since then he has appeared in four videos for the 3M Company; and in cooperation with the Federation of Fly Fishers, produced the environmental video “Where The Trout Are.” His video production company has produced an additional 17, internationally acclaimed videos in the “Skills of Fly Fishing Series.” This production work has earned him a listing in “Who’s Who in Entertainment.” Gary was also a consultant on Robert Redford’s movie “A River Runs Through It.” With his award-winning CD/cassette tape, “My Madison,” he pioneered fly fishing, nature-music audios. In addition, Gary has been involved in the design of many fly fishing products, and unique fly designs. He is a founding board member of the River Alliance of Wisconsin, a founding member of the Board of Governors of the Federation of Fly Fisher’s fly casting instructor certification program, a member of The Order of the Jungle Cock, Trout Unlimited, United Fly Tyers, the Federation of Fly Fishers, and other conservation organizations. He is a recipient of the Ross Allen Merigold Complete Angler Memorial Award, the Charles K. Fox Rising Trout Award, The Buz Buszek Memorial Fly Tying Award, The Federation of Fly Fisher’s Lifetime Achievement in Fly Casting Instruction Award, the VFS Fly Fisherman Readers Poll Hall of Fame Award, the Joan and Lee Wullf Conservation award, and is internationally recognized for his conservation efforts; in recognition of this work he received the first Lew Jewett Memorial Life Membership in the Federation of Fly Fishers in 1979. In 2013, Gary was named one of the top seven most influential fly fishers of the last 50 years by Canada’s Fly Fusion Magazine. Gary is currently working on a 20 book series entitled Fly Fishing with his son Jason.

 

 

More info to come…we will be holding a Friday afternoon session with Gary, as well as the dinner presentation.

 

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FFV January 23rd, 2016 Annual Banquet – Postponed!

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Due to the January snowstorm, we were forced to cancel our January meeting!

 

The 2016 Annual Banquet will feature fly fishing legend Joe Humphreys.

 

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Joe Humphreys is a nationally known fly fisherman, conservationist, author, and educator.

He has been a fishing instructor to both common folks and VIPs for over forty years. His pupils have included former President Jimmy Carter, Vice President Richard Cheney, and basketball-coaching legend Bobby Knight. Joe also directed Penn State University’s angling program for nineteen years.

He has authored two highly acclaimed books, Joe Humphreys Trout Tactics and On the Trout Stream with Joe Humphreys, and many articles in regional and national periodicals.

 

Here is a new video that features Joe.

More info to come….

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November 19th FFV Dinner meeting

Our November 19th FFV dinner meeting will feature Beau Beasley

 

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Beau Beasley is the Mid-Atlantic states field editor for Eastern Fly Fishing, a contributing editor for Fly Fish America, and an editor at large for Southern Trout. His work has also  appeared in Fly Fishaerman, American Angler, Fly Tyer, Mid-Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide, Virginia Wildlife, Flyfisher, Virginia Living, Blue Ridge Outdoors, Virginia Sportsman,  and Fly Rod & Reel. Some of his articles on menhaden as well as his work on public access and use issues have also appeared in the Baltimore Sun, Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, and Roanoke Times. 

 

In 2005 the Mason-Dixon Outdoor Writers Association  honored Beasley with the Talbot Denmead Memorial Award for Best Environmental Writing (sponsored by Bass Pro Shops) for his work on the Chesapeake Bay. His first book, Fly Fishing Virginia: A No Nonsense Guide to Top Waters, won the M-DOWA Book Award as well as the prestigious Excellence-in-Craft Award in 2009. Fly Fishing Virginia is currently in its second printing and is one of L.L. Bean’s bestselling fishing books nationwide.

 

In 2011 the M-DOWA honored him again by awarding him the Talbot Denmead Memorial Award for the Best Article on Conservation and/or the Environment for “Where Have All The Menhaden Gone?” The Fly Fish America cover story chronicled the challenges of managing this very important baitfish. This honor was particularly gratifying since one magazine after another had refused to publish the article for fear of angering one or another stakeholder. In the end, however, both the conservation community and the commercial fishing industry lauded the piece as in-depth and even-handed.

 

His last book, Fly Fishing the Mid-Atlantic: A No Nonsense Guide to Top Waters, is similar in layout to the Virginia book but includes 45 fresh and salt waters across seven Mid-Atlantic states. Though most of the photographs are his own, collected from fishing each and every piece of water covered in the book, he was delighted to be able to include photography from pros like Jack Hanrahan, Mark Sargent, and Jim Graham. Alan Folger contributed the vivid, original wildlife art that brings the book to life.

 

Beau is a retired career fire fighter with the Fairfax County (Virginia) Fire and Rescue Department, where he served for 30 years. His last assignment was as captain and lead medic of Engine Company 427 in West Springfield.

 

He is currently working on a new book chronicling the work of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, a projected publication date is late 2016.

 

Beau also serves as the director for the Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival which will be held just outside of Richmond this coming April.

 

 

Beau will also have copies of his books available for purchase at the dinner meeting for $30 each…

Fly Fishing Virginia and Fly Fishing the Mid-Atlantic

 

 

FFV member Robert Thomas will hold a free afternoon session…

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Here is the Singing Reel for November, 2015.

 

 

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September 17th FFV dinner meeting

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Our September 17th dinner speaker will be Grant Alvis.

 

Grant will offer an afternoon session on ‘Rigging kayaks for fishing’.

His evening talk will revolve around fly fishing for redfish from a kayak.

Some info about Grant:

My name is Grant Alvis. I have been fishing ever since I can remember, and fly fishing for about 11 years now. I am currently a holder of 17 different Virginia species citations from both fresh and saltwater, and I am working towards becoming a Virginia Freshwater Master Angler level 3. For 4 years I have been a part time guide as well as involved in tagging programs with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. I have been kayak fishing for 4 years and as of February 2015 I am now a member of the Hobie Kayak Fishing Team. Fly fishing out of a kayak has been a personal favorite of mine and it has become more addicting than I ever thought possible. The combination of hooking strong fish, on light gear, in a kayak, it just doesn’t get any better than that! Skinny water Redfish as well as Spring Stripers have become two of my personal favorite targets on the fly. I look forward to sharing some information about how I like to rig a kayak to target them, as well as what it takes and where to go for these fish! I look forward to coming by to present and getting to meet all of you.

 

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FFV July 16th Dinner Speaker

Our July dinner speaker will be Orvis-endorsed guide,  Matt Miles.

 

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Matt Miles grew up in Lynchburg, Virginia and started fly fishing in 1993. In 1996, after graduating from high school, he moved to Colorado to live out his dream of becoming a fly fishing guide. While in Colorado he met Pat Dorsey, an expert fly fishing guide for the Blue Quill Angler, author, and photographer. Matt started guiding with Pat at the Blue Quill Angler in Evergreen, Colorado in 1997 where he guided over 700 trips. In 2003 Matt decided to move back to Lynchburg to guide his home waters. Matt’s passion is guiding, teaching, and being on the water. He also ties his own flies and is a fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants.

 

 

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May 21, 2015 FFV Dinner Meeting

 

 

 

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Here is the May, 2015 Singing Reel newsletter:

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