Wednesday, May 17, 2017

May 17th Meeting

This evening our President Dave was ill and unable to attend this meeting. VP Tom conducted the formalities of the evening by calling the meeting to order at 7:10.

We had nine members in attendance.

Tonight was our last meeting for the spring/summer season, and we will resume our regularly scheduled ~third Wednesday of the month~ meetings in September.

We hope President Dave will be feeling better, and getting around soon. Without Dave being present, we received no updates on a couple of items he was working on from last month, a 2017 Fly Fishing Fair, and an update on points for the club's consideration concerning joining the Fly Fishers International (FFI). 

Tonight we were to have a presentation made by the Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife concerning the developments on the upper Tucannon River basin, hatchery and fishing ponds. Their representative was unable to make this scheduled meeting. We hope to have them join us in the early fall, when our monthly meetings resume. 

Since our program for the evening did not develop, and with President Dave's absence, there was little business to be discussed.

Tom, presented us with the Thank You received from the Walla Walla 4-H for the help given in March on their Super Saturday Program. There Tom and Diane worked with a number of children, introducing them to fly fishing and fly tying.

Robin and Harold reported they had a wonderful spring trip to Montana to work on some trout lips, that they had left untouched last year.

Tom told us that he and his son had been doing some late season steelhead fishing on the Yakima River. Tom's son found a rather bright steelhead in the river, considering the time of year.
The fly boxes of the evening were won by Harold and Dick.

Dale made a report on a "Let's Go Fishing" trip that he and Steven had made to Bull Prairie Reservoir, a 27 acres lake south of Heppner, OR, on May 6. All club members were invited to make this trip. This trip was well organized by the fly fishers from Pendleton.They have invited our club membership to join them on most of their Let's Go Fishing outings.
Dale reported the snowy weather of that weekend broke off, skies cleared, and roads were clear, the catching was good.
A recap of this trip is now posted herein the club's blog.

More group outings are being planned throughout the summer.

Discussed this evening was a planned fishing outing to Penland Lake, a 67 acres lake which is located between Ukiah and Heppner, OR.
All paid members will receive a Heads UP as plans begin to form for each outing.

Tom suggested that since we do not have any summer club meetings scheduled, that we have a fly fishing get together at Bennington Lake a 50+ acre lake, a few miles east of Walla Walla on Wednesday June 21st. This outing will be announced to ALL current club email contacts as plans are being worked on. Mark your calendar --- Details to follow --- it will be BYOB.
Dale after a wonderful evening of catching on Bennington Lake, with a full moon rising

Our meeting was adjourned at 7:50.

Respectfully submitted,
Dale McKain
Club Secretary

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