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  • December 31, 2010 8:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    President’s 2010 Year-end message

    Dear Fellow PFF Members,
     
    Our Club had a banner year in 2010 in many ways. Our membership increased to 135 members! We are financially healthy and looking real good for the next year thanks to our Treasurer Barbara Stevens and her guidance along with the leadership of our fine Board. Our website has been moved to a new modern structure and format with many new capabilities that we did not have access to on the old site. Thanks go out to Vice President EJ Melzer for bringing this new option to us and for the many hours he and his helpers spent on transferring all the data over. Our monthly programs were top notch as we brought in excellent speakers with interesting topics. One area we have been weak in is the use of our clubhouse on the workshop Thursdays. This year we have taken steps to correct that by creating a new forum for all members called The Round Table. This will be running at the same time as the well-established Fly Tying and Rod Building classes. The idea is to offer something that will appeal to and attract more of our members out on the first Thursday of each month to the Workshop. The Round Table will be hosted by Past Presidents Dave Peterson and Sheree Kajiwara and is expected to debut in February or March. It will feature talks about seasonal fishing such as Steelhead in January or Trout in March etc. Dave and Sheree will cover the hot areas to go, the accommodations available, the equipment needs, what tackle is recommended and what flies are suggested, among many other things.
     
    This year’s Holiday Party left nothing to be desired. The attendance surpassed last year’s record turnout of 80 as 82 guests partook of great food, holiday cheer and the fantastic raffle put on by raffle chair Dale! Of course we can’t forget the guest auctioneer Rich who performed his magic again! JC handled the door as always and we had several great items at the members table. Special thanks go out to Debbie Lamica and her Fiance Dave who were in the kitchen helping to get the food out and were the last to leave after cleaning up! I also want to thank the many members and spouses who helped  prepare the food and those who stayed after the event to help clean up. We were through around 11:00 pm and didn’t need to come back the next morning to finish.
     
    I want to thank one of our long time great members, John Margaroni for the years of service he gave as the Advisory Board Member. This is a 2 year position that requires a lot of knowledge and experience both in fly fishing and in the successful workings of a club. John exceeded these requirements and exemplified what being a team player is all about. Though John will be sorely missed our fine Board nominated and voted in Past President Sheree Kajiwara as the new Advisory Board Member for the years 2011-2012. We are exceedingly lucky and honored to have Sheree fill this prestigious position and look forward to working together with her to further advance the club.
     
    I am always amazed at how much involvement we get from some of our Veteran members that have done it all before. They are an outstanding group of sportsmen and women without which the club could not operate.
     
    Again I want to say thanks to all the members that contributed to the success of our club this past year and for the thirty odd years since it’s founding. We always are in need of assistance in many areas but at this time we especially need some help in the following areas;
    1. Conservation: We need someone to step into the position of conservation chair. There will be a lot of help for you so experience is not necessary.

    2. Two  new Board members for the year beginning 7/01/2011. Please feel free to volunteer or nominate someone for these positions. There is one extra meeting a month so it does not require a lot of time and you will have a voice in the direction your club is running. No experience needed!

    3. One member to fill the position of 2nd Vice President beginning 7/01/2011. 
    The only requirement is a love for fly fishing and a desire to serve.
    All you need to do is contact someone on the Board or just drop me an email at president@peninsulaflyfishers.org .
     
    May the Peace of the season be upon you and may all good things happen to you and yours in 2011!
     
    HAPPY NEW YEAR!
     
    JB Brahy, President
    Peninsula Fly Fishers
  • December 29, 2010 12:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Dear Fellow PFF Members,
     
    Our Club had a banner year in 2010 in many ways. Our membership increased to 135 members! We are financially healthy and looking real good for the next year thanks to our Treasurer Barbara Stevens and her guidance along with the leadership of our fine Board. Our website has been moved to a new modern structure and format with many new capabilities that we did not have access to on the old site. Thanks go out to Vice President EJ Melzer for bringing this new option to us and for the many hours he and his helpers spent on transferring all the data over. Our monthly programs were top notch as we brought in excellent speakers with interesting topics. One area we have been weak in is the use of our clubhouse on the workshop Thursdays. This year we have taken steps to correct that by creating a new forum for all members called The Round Table. This will be running at the same time as the well-established Fly Tying and Rod Building classes. The idea is to offer something that will appeal to and attract more of our members out on the first Thursday of each month to the Workshop. The Round Table will be hosted by Past Presidents Dave Peterson and Sheree Kajiwara and is expected to debut in February or March. It will feature talks about seasonal fishing such as Steelhead in January or Trout in March etc. Dave and Sheree will cover the hot areas to go, the accommodations available, the equipment needs, what tackle is recommended and what flies are suggested, among many other things.
     
    This year’s Holiday Party left nothing to be desired. The attendance surpassed last year’s record turnout of 80 as 82 guests partook of great food, holiday cheer and the fantastic raffle put on by raffle chair Dale! Of course we can’t forget the guest auctioneer Rich who performed his magic again! JC handled the door as always and we had several great items at the members table. Special thanks go out to Debbie Lamica and her Fiance Dave who were in the kitchen helping to get the food out and were the last to leave after cleaning up! I also want to thank the many members and spouses who helped  prepare the food and those who stayed after the event to help clean up. We were through around 11:00 pm and didn’t need to come back the next morning to finish.
     
    I want to thank one of our long time great members, John Margaroni for the years of service he gave as the Advisory Board Member. This is a 2 year position that requires a lot of knowledge and experience both in fly fishing and in the successful workings of a club. John exceeded these requirements and exemplified what being a team player is all about. Though John will be sorely missed our fine Board nominated and voted in Past President Sheree Kajiwara as the new Advisory Board Member for the years 2011-2012. We are exceedingly lucky and honored to have Sheree fill this prestigious position and look forward to working together with her to further advance the club.
     
    I am always amazed at how much involvement we get from some of our Veteran members that have done it all before. They are an outstanding group of sportsmen and women without which the club could not operate.
     
    Again I want to say thanks to all the members that contributed to the success of our club this past year and for the thirty odd years since it’s founding. We always are in need of assistance in many areas but at this time we especially need some help in the following areas;
    1. Conservation: We need someone to step into the position of conservation chair. There will be a lot of help for you so experience is not necessary.

    2. Two  new Board members for the year beginning 7/01/2011. Please feel free to volunteer or nominate someone for these positions. There is one extra meeting a month so it does not require a lot of time and you will have a voice in the direction your club is running. No experience needed!

    3. One member to fill the position of 2nd Vice President beginning 7/01/2011. 
    The only requirement is a love for fly fishing and a desire to serve.
    All you need to do is contact someone on the Board or just drop me an email at president@peninsulaflyfishers.org .
     
    May the Peace of the season be upon you and may all good things happen to you and yours in 2011!
     
    HAPPY NEW YEAR!
     
    JB Brahy, President
    Peninsula Fly Fishers
     
  • December 11, 2010 7:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
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  • December 03, 2010 8:31 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    President’s Message December 2010

    A number of us are also members of the Golden Gate Club as I am. I just finished reading the Golden Gate Angling and Casting Bulletin for Oct- Nov 2010. I was surprised to hear that they only have meetings a few times a year. Financial constraints have played into their decision to recommend a dues increase which will be brought in front of the club for a vote. I bring this up only to point out that our Board has done an outstanding job this year in balancing the budget and at the same time brining top speakers in for our meetings. In addition they have been involved in a number of activities that don’t get a lot of press. Here are a few of them;

    Trout in the Classroom: Les Junge, our Life Member Chair was instrumental in bringing this great project to us. Through this program children learn to appreciate the value of our trout fishery and the odds against a fish going from an egg to maturity.  Les works directly with the schools and students to teach children about the life cycle of trout. They start with eggs and by the end of the program they release them as very small fish into Lake Merced.

    Fly Tying Classes: We continue to have one of the finest Fly Tying Programs I know of  with Harold Patterson and Mike McGuire. These are open to all members and there is no cost.

    Rod Building: Doug Weber is a professional rod builder who really enjoys working with members whether they are building their first ever rod or their 10th! Doug has a new class starting in December and if all goes as planned they will conclude in about 6 weeks with you holding your new Fly Rod!

    Casting Clinic: Rich Catanzaro  continues to run our casting classes held at Erckenbrack Park in Foster City. The clinics are held from 10-12 Saturday morning following our General meeting. Rich says just show up and start casting.He has the equipment if you don’t and he can help you regardless if you are brand new or just want to learn the double haul or just  brush up before heading out to the water.

    Roundtable: Another project that we are putting together this year is our Roundtable which will take place each month at the  Workshops. This is headed up by Past Presidents Dave Peterson and Sheree Kajiwara. They will feature topics  that are in line with the seasons such as Steelhead in January ect.

    Youth Fly Fishing Basics: John Margaroni, our Senior Advisor the past couple of years is working with our local Boys and Girls Club and the local Boy Scout Troop teaching the basics of Fly Casting and Tying.

    Veterans Fly Fishing Club: Homer Eaton is our laison to the newly formed Veterans Fly Fishing Club at the Menlo Park Veterans Hospital. They meet on Friday mornings and all are welcome.

    One of the biggest accomplishments this year was creating a new website that we can all be very proud of. EJ Melzer along with Mike McGuire, Gary Trott and others put in many hours but the result is surely worth it. The address  and your password remain the same. If you have not had the opportunity to view the site yet I recommend you take the time to do so. Just click on this link; www.peninsulaflyfishers.org

    One of our big challenges has been to replace  Richard Holubek as our Raffle Chair. Richard did an outstanding job for a number of years and we will miss his enthusiastic hawking of raffle items! Immediate Past President Dale Emerson stepped and has done an outstanding job! Dale is bringing in record dollars which only means he will have more dollars to get bigger and better items for our future raffles.

    As you know we meet every month of the year and we bring in speakers  to 10 of them. The other's are covered with an Installation Luau in July  and a  Holiday Party in December. This year the Board has decided  to replace 2 monthly speaker meetings with movie meetings. This will save the club around $800 a year. EJ Melzer is the 1st VP that is charged with scheduling the speakers and setting up the movie meetings. Our first one was held in November as we watched the movie ‘Drift’. It was outstanding! Debbie Lamica, our hostess provided the popcorn and drinks for everyone.

    This year our Librarian Barbara Weber is continuing to record our old tapes onto CD’s. She has a complete library of CD’s and Books available for you to check out at no cost. See Barbara at the General Meetings to take a peek.

    Board member Gerson Finlev took several years worth of newsletters that Les Junge had stored in his garage and scanned them onto CD’s so they will be preserved for the future. We are looking for someone to scan the other half for the club. Contact anyone on the Board if you can help.

    As you know the board has made a decision not to print the roster or the newsletter any longer.  They will be on the website. This move will save the club a considerable amount of dollars and a lot of man hours. If you want a hard copy of the roster you can print one right off the website. If you don’t have access to a computer and printer then ask anyone on the board and we will print one for you.

    I may have missed some of the wonderful projects  or some of the volunteers who worked on them  so  if I did please forgive me. So much is going on it is easy to overlook something. Another reason for sharing this with you is to let you know how much we need your help! This is a great club but it is all volunteer and part of the responsibility of  belonging  is getting involved . Next month I will post all the positions that we need to fill.

    We currently have 132 members in the club. I am really looking forward to 2011 and am confident we will continue our tradition of growth in membership.

    Wishing you and yours a safe and enjoyable Holiday Season!

    JB Brahy, President PFF

  • November 13, 2010 11:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Pescadero Creek project, fly tying info and the yearly Trinity fishout. All when $14 was still enough to get you a ticket for the prime rib Holiday dinner. Click on the picture to open the bulletin.

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  • October 25, 2010 11:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    A stunning visual journey, DRIFT takes you on a cinematic adventure across the flats of Belize and the Bahamas, down the tailwaters of the Green, Frying Pan and the Big Horn, spey casting on the Deschutes, and exploring the exotic rivers of Kashmir, India.

    Featuring Spey casters John & Amy Hazel, celebrated photographer and legendary angler Brian O’Keefe, salt water fanatics Ian Davis and Keith Paar, trout junkies R.A. Beattie, Adam Barker, Tommy Knight, Jordan Gage, Robert Boyce, Robert Eddins, permit specialists The Garbutt Brothers, the "Godfather of Bonefishing" Charlie Smith and Henry’s Fork Guides Travis Smith and Jon Steihl.

    Photographed entirely on 16mm film and mastered in HD, DRIFT looks, sounds and feels like no other flyfishing film out there.

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