August 2020 President’s Message
We are in a shutdown mode for now with our meetings.
We did have our June meeting with a great presentation by Dave Rambow on introduction to fly fishing.
However we had to cancel his July and August presentations as well as our monthly fly tying due to the virus.
Our work with the Boy Scouts Merit Badge for Fly Fishing is on hold
because almost all of us are in the high risk category for the virus. We cannot be doing close work with scouts until it is safe.
We will keep our meetings in September as planned. However, if things do not improve we will cancel. We will try to give you at least a 2 week warning. These cancelations will be posted in an email to you and posted on our blog page on the website. So, please read your emails.
We have many members who are still in the heat of central Florida who go fishing and practice social distancing.
The bass fishing may slow down in the summer but, the Tilapia fishing heats up.
You may be interested to know the largest bass caught in the summer are caught in the heat of the day between 10am & 4pm and they were caught in shady places. Fish aren’t dumb! I got that from an article on Google so it must be true.
Some members are having luck fishing the coastal waters for snook, sea trout, and sea bass. Larry just got back. Check out what he said in the July Monthly Fishing Reports.
If you are fishing and whether or not you are catching let Larry or me know so we can post it in the fishing reports on our website.
There are things we have continued working on that we think
you should know.
Pond Management Program for Grand Oaks update.
Dan Duchess has been in communication with Dr.Chuck Cichra Fisheries Biologist at University of Florida and we are working on a plan for management of the ponds to make them more productive for bass and bluegill fishing. We will be asking about 16 members to help us take a fish census with alternative tackle(yes live bait!). This will help us manage the fish population we have in the ponds at Grand Oaks.This call for volunteers will be posted in the near future.
We are looking at putting in permanent casting targets for improving you casting distance and accuracy. These will be similar to the ones we will use in our annual casting tournament. These will probably be located near the larger pond at Grand Oaks.
Art Palmer is working on setting up classes on rod building.
When Larry restarts the monthly fly tying meetings we will add talking about fishing hot spots in Central Florida with projected maps showing locations. These locations can be ponds for bank fishing, lakes, rivers ,and the coastal areas for kayak and boat fishing. Larry and other tiers will show how to tie the flies they use in these locations and how they fish them. This is to help our new members who want to know where they can fly fish. This will be done 2-3X’s during the year.
One last and I feel important thing. During this time of isolation it is very easy for some of us to get down and depressed. Please stay active. It is important for us who older to keep moving and active. I would like to give an example of one member who is doing just that, Bill Johnson. He has had some health problems and cannot fish. He continues to stay active tying flies at home and every Friday with social distancing he comes to Grand Oaks with some new flies for me to try(I supply him with the materials). He use to go to the gym to workout on the treadmill but, because of covid has changed that to walking exercise in the local pool with his wife. Remember at our age when you s